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 Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Career Change - From Veterinary to Accountancy

It’s possible to do well in Chartered Accountancy exams without a business degree. Very well. In fact this year, the best FAE (final year) exam results were achieved by a student who started off his career as a vet. In this blog post we talk with student Diarmaid Morkan, who made a change in his career, from one type of practice to another. 

“I loved both Biology and Accounting when I was in school,” says Diarmaid. “When crunch time came to make my CAO choices, I went down the Biology route and studied Veterinary Medicine at UCD. I went on to practice in Waterford and Cavan while also working on a part-time basis with the Department of Agriculture as a temporary veterinary inspector.”

“I love the work, but the lifestyle is very demanding – being on call regularly can be difficult. I also felt that my options were somewhat limited – not a lot of room to progress. I guess in the back of my mind, I knew that there might be more variety within my other area of interest – Accounting. After all, every business, no matter what sector, needs an accountant.”

“So on the advice of a local accountant, I made a change and decided to study online and part-time with Accounting Technicians Ireland, as a way to get back into learning. By the time I had completed my ATI Diploma, the Chartered Business Route had become available, so I moved on to that. The exemptions I got from CAP1 because of ATI were helpful, as it reduced the number of exams in first year and allowed me to manage my studies alongside my part-time veterinary work.”

“While many of my classmates studied and got their experience at the same time, I first completed all the studies, and now that I’ve done that, I am thinking about my next step – acquiring the practical experience.” “I have already been doing some tax and accountancy work with local businesses in Cavan and I’m hoping to work in a small practice locally. However I may ultimately combine both careers. If I were to open my own veterinary practice, I know that my studies would stand to me in running the business and securing bank credit.”

“In terms of advice for anyone considering changing direction, I’d say that it’s absolutely possible to make the move from another discipline into Accountancy, but you have to be focussed and motivated. You also have to manage your time carefully as there is a lot to do. The other advice I’d have is to make use of all the resources – talk to lecturers, use the online videos to catch up on materials in your own time. It’s all there to be used.”

Diarmad Morkan ~ Chartered Accountants Ireland

Article by: Ronan O'Loughlin