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.

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Sinead Lew

Tax Manager

Irish Tax Institute

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I thought the job would solely be to compute an individual’s / company’s tax liability but it extends to so much more beyond that. You are not just solely a person or organisation’s tax advisor; you are a general business adviser helping them to make key business/commercial decisions.
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ICT Skills Conversion Programmes


In a direct response to specific skills shortages for people with high-level ICT skills, the Department of Education and Skills published a joint Government–Industry ICT Action Plan aimed at building the supply of high-level ICT graduates.

Government ICT Action Plan is available here www.hea.ie/ictskills

A number of higher education providers are offering Level 8 and 9 Conversion Programmes, in collaboration with industry partners. These courses will provide graduates from other skills areas with the opportunity to up-skill or re-skill through full and part-time courses in core computing/programming, software and data analysis.

The programmes on offer are typically for NFQ Level 8 jobseekers with cognate/numerical skills and underlying aptitude for programming. These courses are intensive and include a work placement of 3 to 6 months with an industry partner. (Applicants at Level 7 with relevant experience may also apply)

All courses are supported by the HEA and Department of Education and Skills which means the tuition fees normally associated with such programmes are waived. These programmes are also unique in that all have close industry involvement in their design and operation and include industry relevant projects and work placements which will leave graduates fully 'work ready' on completion.

To search for ICT conversion courses currently on offer click here
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I have become one of the "Science Ambassadors" for Discover Science and Engineering. This just involves doing random pieces of media - interviews on the radio, television, for websites etc etc - whenever they need someone who is good at science and can communicate it well.

As part of that, I received training on how to do media interviews and be the one who actually leads the interviewer, not the other way round. It was a lot of fun, and quite valuable.

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