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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.

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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Thousands of Workers needed for Transport and Logistics Sector

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Thousands of Workers needed for Transport and Logistics Sector

Friday, May 29, 2015 

Thousands of Workers needed for Transport and Logistics Sector

Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector will need up to 15,500 extra skilled workers to 2020

There were an estimated 48,800 persons employed in core Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics occupations in 2015, spread across a range of sectors in the economy, including transportation and storage, retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing and construction. The open nature of the Irish economy and our island location necessitates the export and import of freight. This requires us to have expertise in facilitating a supply chain incorporating sea, road, rail and air freight.

The recently published Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) report Addressing the Demand for skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland 2015-2020, includes recommendations to ensure that Ireland has the right skills base to facilitate international trade and domestic freight transportation and drive growth within the wider economy.

The research indicates there is demand for more graduate level entrants to the sector to ensure a future provision of managers, planners and associated office workers with adequate skills. Graduates need to be equipped with broad based skills such as e-skills, languages, flexibility and cultural awareness which will help to underpin Ireland’s further integration into the global economy. Other findings from the research include the need to retain and upskill those currently working in the sector, the development of career paths and the improvement of the relatively poor image of the sector in order to continue to recruit suitably skilled employees.

The report, and key findings presentation, can be viewed here

Source: Education & Skills Policy Unit, Dept. Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

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