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 John Kehoe from Deloitte to give some advice for people considering this job:


John Kehoe

Senior Manager - Audit


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  John Kehoe
Accountancy/Audit is a challenging and rewarding career. Although the work can be hard, the benefits, such as salary, career security and career development prospects, once qualified outweigh the amount of overtime worked and the length of the contract.

Many of my friends now are working with Deloitte in Australia or New Zealand and there are options now to work in the US also. With Deloitte there are many opportunities to transfer to other Deloitte member firms all over the world!

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Graphic Design

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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).

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The first year of this course focuses on the core areas of design principles, visual research and exploration, professional practice, and visual culture and contextual studies. The theme of year two is developmental design, which engages closely with content and the interdependencies of form and content. The visual word module sees a design focus centred on typography and the integration of typography and image. Professional practice in corporate identity further examines these formal relationships and structures in corporate visual communications through case studies and project work.

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You will study topics such as graphic form, typography, media drawing, drawing, printmaking, photography, and image manipulation software.

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AL763 - Graphic Design
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Graduates find employment in the design industry both in Ireland and abroad. The skills learnt are highly transferable and employers range from brand, advertising and marketing agencies, to companies with in-house marketing teams, publishers, the media, graphic design consultancies and web design companies. Many designers work as freelancers or set up their own business.

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