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 Caroline Austin from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:
A common misconception about a career in tax is that it is just about numbers, however, tax law has a strong basis in legislation and case law. Therefore, it is really suitable for graduates from a legal background, or for qualified solicitors and barristers.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
In school I was very interested in history and business. Therefore I went on to study Business and Politics in Trinity College for 4 years.
As part of Accenture’s Strategy Group, I have been able to translate this degree into the real world and gain a greater understanding of Irish business operating in the multi-polar world. Therefore from a client perspective I can appreciate the external factors shaping Irish business.
I also think in choosing a degree with subjects that interested me, I could never settle in a job that didn’t. Accenture is a broad organisation that offers a lot of work variety for its employees.