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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Course Information

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Cork College of Commerce

Sales & Retail Management - Advanced

Code:  6M4385
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Property Manager   Managing Director  
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Customer Services Manager   Retail Merchandiser  
Medical Sales Representative    Wholesaler   
Sales Manager - Retail   Area Sales Manager  
Call Centre Manager   Betting Shop Manager  
Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing   Fundraiser  
Auctioneer   Bar Manager / Publican  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Customer Service Representative  
Customer Support / Telesales Agent   Department Manager  
Dispensing Optician   Estate Agent  
International Sales Representative   Purchasing Manager - Retail  
Retail Manager   Store Manager   
Business Development Executive   Client Relations Manager  
Consumer Scientist   Logistics / Supply Chain Manager  
Warehouse Manager    Antique Dealer  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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