Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Edel Butler from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:

Edel Butler

Administrative Officer

Irish Tax Institute

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Edel Butler
I think a career in tax is very rewarding and is an enjoyable career. There are a varied number of jobs which are available to someone with a tax qualification, including private practice, industry, Revenue, lecturing etc. The role of a tax adviser in practice or indeed within Revenue is, in my experience, extremely varied and challenging.

I would advise college students who are considering a career in tax to look into placements offered by their colleges / summer internships. I know from my time spent in private practice that a great number of the bigger accountancy / tax practice offer such positions to college students. This is a great way for such students to get a feel for what a career in tax entails and will help them in making a decision as to whether or not tax is something that they would enjoy.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Marks Grade Points for
Higher Level
Points for Ordinary Level Points for
Foundation Maths
90 - 100 A1 100 60 20
85 - 89 A2 90 50 15
80 - 84 B1 85 45 10
75 - 79 B2 80 40 5
70 - 74 B3 75 35  
65 - 69 C1 70 30  
60 - 64 C2 65 25  
55 - 59 C3 60 20  
50 - 54 D1 55 15  
45 - 49 D2 50 10  
40 - 44 D3 45 5  
Link Modules Distinction 70    
Link Modules Merit 50    
Link Modules Pass 30    
Note: Best scores from 6 subjects used to calculate points.