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 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.

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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Energy and Environmental Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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This course prepares students to work in the energy field by exposing them to the fundamental concepts of energy sources, generation, distribution, consumption and optimisation. Building on these fundamentals students study more specialised topics such as Green Technologies where wind, wave, solar and geothermal energies are harnessed as an alternative to fossil fuel technologies.

In addition to energy technologies you will study national and international energy markets and how they relate to energy production, consumption and optimisation. In years 3 and 4 students complete projects that will provide them with the opportunity to develop their time and project management skills and to showcase their talents

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TA215 - Energy and Environmental Engineering
IT Tallaght

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TA215 - Energy and Environmental Engineering
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Essential Module Requirements:
C20174 or C20175 or C20139 or 5N1833 or 6N3395 or OD1 in LCE Maths

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The role of graduates from this programme can be generally defined as being involved in the application of techniques and procedures to the solution of practical problems in the energy and environmental sector. Graduates will be undertake roles in the workplace as energy system designers, developers, operators, auditors or consultants. 

Graduates will carry a measure of supervisory and technical responsibility and will be competent to exercise creative aptitude and skills within the defined field of technology.  They will be able to contribute to the design, development, commissioning, operation and maintenance of products, equipment, processes and services associated with the energy and environmental areas.  Graduates from this programme will be able to undertake roles in the workplace as energy system designers, energy system auditors or consultants as well as system developers and operators.


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