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We asked Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

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  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

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DT366
Accounting and Finance

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This programme provides an ideal route to a career in professional accountancy and to a training contract with an accounting practice. Graduates may also pursue careers in areas such as fund management, financial services, financial analysis, corporate finance and money markets.

NOTE: Students may opt to spend year 3 studying abroad. Students who avail of this opportunity will complete their degree over a four year period and will be awarded the BSc Accounting & Finance (International) qualification.

This Degree programme allows students to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals (both technical and theoretical) of accounting and finance and provides graduates with a sound foundation for further professional studies in these fields. Students’ capacity to engage in critical analysis, apply concepts to practice, engage in independent research, contribute to team work and communicate clearly are developed through the use of a wide range of learning and teaching approaches including problem solving, case studies, projects, preparation of academic papers, group work and formal lectures with tutorial support.

In allowing students to select modules from a range of subjects in the second and third/fourth years of their studies, the programme enables students to specialise in their chosen field.

Some students may choose to focus on accountancy related modules in order to secure the generous exemptions awarded by professional accountancy bodies (including Chartered Accountants Ireland and ACCA) to graduates of this programme. Other students, who are interested in pursuing a career in finance, may opt for modules from the programme’s comprehensive range of finance, econometrics and international finance modules. Students also have the option of studying a mix of accounting and finance modules.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration

Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5 qualification which must include:


B20029 - Statistics
or 5N2066 - Statistics
or C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths at OC3, AND
B20001 - Accounting - Manual & Computerised
or 5N1348 - Accounting Manual and Computerised
or B20151 - Applied Economics
or 5N1350 - Applied Economics

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This Honours Degree programme is appropriate to those who wish to pursue careers as professionally qualified accountants. It confers significant exemptions from the examinations of the professional accountancy bodies. In addition, the programme provides an ideal entry qualification for a range of careers in financial services, the money markets and banking.



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