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 Joseph Conboy from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:


Joseph Conboy

Associate Director

Irish Tax Institute

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  Joseph Conboy
If you are looking for a career that keeps you always challenged and interested, then you really should consider a career in tax! The fact that tax is constantly changing helps keep it interesting. Every year we have a new Budget/Finance Act which introduces new tax law that we have to get on top off. So it means we are constantly learning and need to be up to date with changes as quickly as possible – that’s what our clients expect of us.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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So you want to be an Astronaut

What do a sloth, hamster and the TV programme The Big Bang Theory have in common? They all turn the spotlight on astronauts, the profession in this week’s career memes.

It takes a certain kind of mental and physical fortitude to be an astronaut. Crew on the International Space Station, for example, spend months aboard the orbiting outpost (Cmdr Chris Hadfield has been there since December and he’ll be there until mid-May).

What characteristics would I need?
The European Space Agency (ESA) has outlined just what it takes: “The general characteristics expected of applicants include good reasoning capability and memory, concentration, aptitude for spatial orientation and manual dexterity. “An applicant’s personality should be characterised by high motivation, flexibility, gregariousness, empathy with fellow workers, a low level of aggressiveness and emotional stability. For long-term flights on the space station, ability to work as a team member in an intercultural environment is of high importance.”

What do you need?
The ESA and US space agency NASA require its candidates to pass a strict physical exam and undergo training for conditions and environments astronauts will encounter during launch, in space, and during landing. ESA and NASA astronauts should also have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics.

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