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 Ruth Byrne from Chartered Accountants Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:
Take the time to truly understand the commitment you are making by taking the chartered route. The training is structured and gives you an insight into a variety of accounting fields. There are many advantages to the ICAI training contract including recommended study leave, excellent study support and guaranteed scope of experience. There are a variety of societies to join post qualification which are second to none. Studying to be a chartered accountant is very demanding and you may have to be willing to sacrifice something in order to complete it successfully. Be willing to put in hard work and the rewards are there to reap. My studies and training through ICAI were challenging, dynamic and extremely rewarding.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I was unsure what I wanted for a career whilst at school so I tried to keep my choices open.
I took A levels in Economics,Geography and History. I did not have a gameplan at that stage and it seems strange that I have ended up in what is perceived as a Science Centre without studying pure science at A level.
I suppose the standard advice is to think carefully about your career early on and think about how doors can be closed by not choosing the appropriate subjects. Easy if you know what you want at an early age! I didn't.