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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 Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:
If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.
Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.
As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.
You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.
You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.
Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.
With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.
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Joseph Conboy, Associate Director
Joseph Conboy is currently employed at KPMG as an Associate Director. He studied a degree in Accounting and Finance and then went on to do a Masters in Accounting, both in DCU. His role involves dealing with a range of tax issues that arise in aviation finance.
I probably started to seriously look at a tax career during my second year at DCU – we had an Income Tax module during the year and I found that quite interesting, particularly when compared with auditing!
After secondary school, I studied for my primary degree in Accounting & Finance (AF) at DCU. I graduated from AF in 2004 and immediately went on to do the Masters in Accounting at DCU in 2005. I am also a Chartered Accountant and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
I suppose, while in college at least, I found there was a nice balance between the theory and computational side of things. Some of the accounting modules were obviously all computational while our law modules were all theory based - tax seemed to have a bit of both which I suppose made it a nice balance.
I think two of the best things about DCU were the constant focus on making presentations to your class and the opportunity to be a tutor while doing the Masters. Our AF class was quite large (around 140 or so), so making a PowerPoint presentation to such a large group was a very nerve wrecking experience.
However, by the end of college (through presentations and giving tutorials), I was relatively comfortable with speaking in public and I think that has very much stood to me over the years. For example, I had to give a 20 minute speech to around 100 clients on a tax technical point earlier this year - I'm not sure I could have done that type of presentation, had I never spoken in public before!
When I joined KPMG, I was required to pursue the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.