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 Lorcan Kelly from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lorcan Kelly

Tax Consultant

Irish Tax Institute

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  Lorcan Kelly
I would strongly recommend a career in tax to any students who are considering it. Tax professionals are in high demand from employers and can add real value to any business. It is a challenging and rewarding career which can place you at the heart of business decision making. It can also be an excellent springboard to other careers in finance.

Just recently a new Chief Financial Officer was appointed to Irish Distillers who was formerly the Pernod Ricard Group tax director! Also do your research about the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification – from my own experience, the course is very practical and relevant to my day to day job. It provides a structured framework for achieving the knowledge of tax law and skills required to be an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Junior Cycle - Business Studies

Subject Group: Business
These subjects teach the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.

Brief Description:

The new Business studies curriculum aims to stimulate your interest in the business environment and how you interact with it.

It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that allow you to make informed and responsible decisions with all of the resources available to you, ensuring your own, and society’s well-being, while becoming more self-aware as a learner.

The syllabus has three strands:

Personal finance - In this strand, you will learn about managing your finances, responsible consumer behaviour and the value of using resources ethically and efficiently for the benefit of individuals and society.

Enterprise - In this strand, you will learn about being enterprising, the functions of an organisation and the business environment.

Our Economy - In this strand, you will learn about the demand and supply of goods and services, the role of the government in managing the economy, and about economic issues such as trade, employment and Ireland’s membership of the European Union (EU).

How will Business Studies be useful to me?
Business studies encourages you to develop an appreciation of how people's lives are shaped by economic and social factors. You are enabled to make informed decisions, to better manage your personal financial resources and to be adaptable, creative and enterprising.

Business studies also improves  knowledge and understanding of good business practice and of business as a productive activity.

Three subjects follow on from Junior Cycle Business Studies at Senior Cycle: Accounting, Business, and Economics.

Each one becomes more specific and allows you to concentrate more on the subject area you choose. If you wish to study any of these subjects for the Leaving Certificate, it would be advantageous for you to have studied Junior Cycle Business Studies.

Note: The Junior Cycle is changing, and new/revised JCSA curricula are being introduced on a phased basis from September 2014. English is first new programme to be introduced, followed by Science, Irish and Business Studies in 2015.

The New Junior Cycle Business Studies specification is available here. 

Details of developments with the new programme are available here

Course Outline
View / Download Business Studies Factsheet [pdf file]
View / Download full curriculum [pdf file]

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