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 Sinead Lew from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sinead Lew

Tax Manager

Irish Tax Institute

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  Sinead Lew
I thought the job would solely be to compute an individual’s / company’s tax liability but it extends to so much more beyond that. You are not just solely a person or organisation’s tax advisor; you are a general business adviser helping them to make key business/commercial decisions.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Junior Cycle - 1st Year

The Junior Cycle programme runs over three years and culminates in the Junior Certificate Examination. There are three core subjects:

  • English
  • Irish
  • Maths

CSPE (Civic, Social & Personal Education) is also compulsory

Currently the overall number of subjects taken at Junior Cert varies from school to school but generally falls between eight and ten. However this is set to change with the introduction of the new Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA) Programme in all secondary schools by September 2014.

The main points of significance in relation to the new JCSA programme are:

  • A cap  on the total number of subjects taken at Junior Certificate Level to eight
  • Potential for Short courses in 16 new areas including Chinese Language & Culture, Leadership & Web Design
  • Revised Assessment arrangements
  • 24 Statements of Learning
  • Focus on 8 Key Skills to be embedded in the learning outcomes and appropriate to the age of the learner




Managing Myself

Managing Information & Thinking

Working with Others



Staying well

Being Creative


+ All to include Working with New Technologies


  • A combination of CORE subjects, subjects and short courses

You can download more in depth information here

The concepts of Careers and The World of Work are introduced as part of the school curriculum in 1st year. Developing Self Management & a Sense of Purpose and the study of Influences & Decisions are included in the SPHE programme.  In some schools there is also timetabled Careers Guidance provision for Junior Cycle students.

When picking subjects in first year, apart from the three core subjects, look at the following:

  • Enjoyment of and general interest in subject
  • General career requirement – e.g. Science subject, third language, business subject
  • Subject clusters / groupings / choice bands
  • Streaming / mixed ability / banding

Useful links:

Junior Cycle Subjects

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