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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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Mary Dineen, Tax Trainee
Mary Dineen is a Tax Trainee with Taxand Ireland (William Fry). She obtained an undergraduate and masters degree of law from UCC as well as a Barrister-at-Law degree from Kings Inns. Mary has previoulsy practiced as a barrister in the areas of company and commercial law which inspired her interest in tax.
I received both my undergraduate and masters degrees of law from University College Cork. Having completed my undergraduate degree, I knew my interests lay in commercial law and so I focused my masters’ studies on commercial and Information Technology law.
I then obtained a Barrister-at-Law degree from Kings Inns and practised as a barrister in the areas of company and commercial law. I am currently undertaking the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification with the Irish Tax Institute.
When I obtained a Barrister-at-Law degree from Kings Inns and practised as a barrister for 2 years, I first gained exposure to tax law. It struck me as a very interesting area of law and so I began looking into becoming an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with the Irish Tax Institute.
I have found that the skills I acquired through my legal education have been invaluable to me in training to become an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Tax law is primarily based in statute and therefore, the skill one learns in an undergraduate law degree of reading and analysing complex pieces of legislation in order to advise on a given point are particularly useful.
I am currently undertaking the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification with the Irish Tax Institute.