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).

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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Vacant Places List 2015 now Live on CAO

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Vacant Places List 2015 now Live on CAO

Monday, August 17, 2015 

Vacant Places List 2015 now Live on CAO

Every year, some CAO courses have surplus places available because there is a deficit of qualified applicants to fill them. This means that there is an opportunity, both for qualifying students who are already in the CAO system to apply for these courses, and for those who are not in the CAO system to consider applying.

A list of all available courses is now accessible on the CAO website HERE. This list of Vacant Places will be continuously updated until all offers have been taken up.

Available Level 8 Places include:

MH304   Engineering (Broad entry to Computer, Electronic or Communications Eng)

DB562   Psychology

GA282   Heritage Studies

LY318   Culinary Arts and Food Technology at Killybegs/Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

and many more

Available Level 6/7 Places include:

GA370   Hotel and Catering Management

GA878   Accounting and Financial Management - Mayo Campus

LY517   Building Services and Renewable Energy

LY867   Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science

SG303   Mechanical Engineering

SG333   Mechanical Engineering

and many more.

Note: Applicants for Available Places/Vacant Places must meet the normal minimum entry requirements for the course(s) in question. Previously published points in an earlier round of offers should not be taken as an indication of the points required for entry to Available Places/Vacant Places.

There is a fee of €40 applicable to those applicants who are not already in the CAO system. 

If you didn't apply for CAO because you felt you would not get enough points, and were pleasantly surprised by your Leaving Cert Results, you have an opportunity here to change your mind and make a college application at this stage.

To find out more information about applying for Vacant Places: click here

The CareersPortal Team