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Mary Dineen

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Irish Tax Institute

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  Mary Dineen
An essential prerequisite to a career in tax is obtaining the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. Due to the varied and hands on nature of the work in Taxand Ireland’s office, I have found working in tax very beneficial when preparing for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) exams and conversely, I have found the knowledge I have acquired as part of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) course has assisted me massively in my day to day work with Taxand Ireland (William Fry).

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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Construction Management deals with the organisation and management of a construction project. The Construction Manager monitors the progress and quality of the work on site, supervising and co-ordinating subcontractors and specialist suppliers. The Construction Manager has overall control of the progression of the project and is responsible for ensuring that the required personnel, materials and equipment are available in the correct sequence and at the appropriate time. She/he must also ensure that all health and safety regulations are met.

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CR052 - Construction

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CR052 - Construction
Cork Institute of Technology

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CR052 - Construction
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C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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The principal areas of employment are as surveyors or as construction managers with contracting organisations, government departments, semi-state bodies, and private practice companies. Potential Areas of Employment • Site Management • Quantity Surveying/Estimating • Project Planning and Management • Working with Developers, Designers and Contracting Organisations

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