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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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Arts - Chinese Studies

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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.

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A wide range of subjects including Chinese culture, politics and history are covered in this course and the programme is designed for absolute beginners so you don’t need any prior knowledge of Chinese to study Chinese Studies.

There is a growing demand for graduates with a knowledge of Chinese language and culture and at Maynooth you have the opportunity to study Chinese along with up to three other Arts subjects in first year. You can choose subjects you are familiar with or choose entirely new ones.

Learning Chinese provides a window to understanding the world. Learning about the Chinese language, culture and society will help you to acquire new skills and develop unique interests that will be of considerable value to you in your future career. These skills and interests will make you stand out from the crowd and enable you to be more competitive in the global market.

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MH101 - Arts - Chinese Studies
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ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EMPXX    Media Production
  5M5048  Creative Media
EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
EPAMX  5M2011  Music
  5M5162  Media Engineering
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
EMXXX    Multimedia
EMPRO    Media Production
  6M5130  Media Production
EMMWD    Multimedia and Web Development
  6M5159  Film and Television Production
  6M5149  Broadcasting
BAXXX  6M5013  Administration
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration
BALBX  6M4985  Business
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service
BMANX  6M4587  Management
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support

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Between second and final year you will have the opportunity to study at our partner universities in China. This will improve your language ability, foster intercultural competence, and help you to acquire the confidence and skills that you need in the job market.

As a graduate of Chinese Studies at Maynooth you are in a prime position to take advantage of the existing links between the two countries. Your language skills and knowledge of Chinese culture will open doors for you in international trade and commerce, international relations and diplomacy, business, politics, or the media. Many language graduates also enjoy rewarding careers in EU institutions such as the European Commission.

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