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


Sinead Lew

Tax Manager

Irish Tax Institute

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  Sinead Lew
I thought the job would solely be to compute an individualís / companyís tax liability but it extends to so much more beyond that. You are not just solely a person or organisationís tax advisor; you are a general business adviser helping them to make key business/commercial decisions.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Ways to Enter

You can submit your entry Online, by Email or by Post.

Online Entries

To submit your entry online, you must have a CareersPortal account.

To create an account, or to login if you have an account, click here: Login. Then follow the links to the competition.

Postal or Email Entries

The submission should be typed into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) and formatted to produce a clear and concise document. Use the headings provided in the instructions to layout the document, and include information on all sections required.

Once the document is completed it should be checked by your Programme Coordinator/teacher or Guidance Counsellor to ensure all the relevant sections are included.

Please also ensure all the appropriate information in section 1 (entry details) are included and accurate.

Your document can be submitted in a number of ways.

1. Email the completed document as an attachment to


2. Print your document and post it to the following address:

TY / LCA / LCVP / LC (select one)
National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,
Dublin 14.


3. Create the document online using our online word processor.

The closing date for the submission is the 5th April 2017. The winners and award ceremony will be announced in May 2017.

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