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We asked Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:
Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.
Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.
Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.
Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics
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Gail Sterio, Corporate Accountant
Gail Sterio works as a Corporate Accountant in McDonald's. She holds a Marketing Degree from DIT and recently completed her accountancy exams with the ACCA. It was while she was working part-time in McDonald's during her studies that she went for the interview for a full time position in the accounts department and was successful. McDonald's encouraged and supported her to take her ACCA exams.
I took German, Biology, Accounting and Business Studies along with English, Irish & Maths. I think it is very difficult to choose subjects in school. It feels like the world is on your shoulders and that this choice will have a huge impact on your future career.
The reality these days is that people change and mature at different stages in their life. Many people I know are not working in the area that they studied for in College - let alone school.
In hindsight - I think it is important to study what you are good at as this will enable you to get the points you need for your desired college course. The college course normally does not assume prior knowledge in these subjects and will start with the basics.
Secondary School St. Louis Highschool in Rathmines. I took English, Irish, Maths, Biology, German, Accounting & Business Studies for my Leaving Certificate.
College - I studied full time for 5 years in DIT Mountjoy Square where I received: Certificate in Marketing, Diploma in Marketing and a Degreee in Marketing.
I also studied with the ACCA part-time, to qualify as an Accountant. You can attend a number of colleges to persue this qualification such as BPP College & Griffith College.
Studying to become an Accountant with ACCA.
I have recently qualified as an Accountant. As part of the required professional development with ACCA - I must continue to complete a certain numbers of hours in relation to accountancy.