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We asked Edel Butler from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:


Edel Butler

Administrative Officer

Irish Tax Institute

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  Edel Butler
I think a career in tax is very rewarding and is an enjoyable career. There are a varied number of jobs which are available to someone with a tax qualification, including private practice, industry, Revenue, lecturing etc. The role of a tax adviser in practice or indeed within Revenue is, in my experience, extremely varied and challenging.

I would advise college students who are considering a career in tax to look into placements offered by their colleges / summer internships. I know from my time spent in private practice that a great number of the bigger accountancy / tax practice offer such positions to college students. This is a great way for such students to get a feel for what a career in tax entails and will help them in making a decision as to whether or not tax is something that they would enjoy.

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Export Manager

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Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports a shortage of Global and industrial managers and engineers (10 years’ experience): mostly for export-manufacturing sectors.

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Managers & Directors in Transport & Logistics

Also included in this category:

Transport managers; fleet managers; logistics managers; storage managers; warehouse managers

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Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 84 / 16%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 43%
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At a Glance... header image

Works with a company helping to pursue new, international markets for their products. The work involves identifying potential clients, establishing contacts and bridging a language or culture gap to establish a trading partnership.

The Work header image

Export sales managers are responsible for managing the sale of products or services to overseas customers. They combine the results of market research with their knowledge of consumer tastes and the cultural and political background of the countries they are responsible for, in order to decide what to sell and how to sell it. The Export Sales Manager plans sales campaigns suitable for the country they are wishing to sell in.  
Export sales managers negotiate with customers (often in a foreign language) to try to make a sale. They may have to decide whether the product can be altered to meet the client's requirements or whether special discounts can be offered. This is usually done after consultation with product managers, factories and suppliers. Legal and ethical constraints on international trading also have to be considered. They may travel overseas to meet potential customers or they may bring them over their base in Ireland.  
Export sales managers provide quotations and may also be responsible for drawing up tender documents and agreeing the final contract. They process orders and check that the distribution is running smoothly and that everything is on schedule. When the product has finally been delivered, they may have to deal with any complaints or queries that occur.  
Other duties involve producing marketing plans, budgets and sales reports for discussion by company management. They may also organise sales briefings and conferences and visit international trade fairs.


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You'll need good organisational skills and the ability to work to deadlines. Language skills and a knowledge of economics, business and accounting are useful. The ability to use and understand computers is increasingly important.  
Good communication skills are vital. As so much business is conducted over the telephone, you must have a clear speaking voice. You must be able to explain complex issues to clients in a clear and simple way. You also need to have high self confidence and good persuasive and negotiating skills.

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