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 Joseph Conboy from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:


Joseph Conboy

Associate Director

Irish Tax Institute

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  Joseph Conboy
If you are looking for a career that keeps you always challenged and interested, then you really should consider a career in tax! The fact that tax is constantly changing helps keep it interesting. Every year we have a new Budget/Finance Act which introduces new tax law that we have to get on top off. So it means we are constantly learning and need to be up to date with changes as quickly as possible – that’s what our clients expect of us.

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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Applications for Insurance Apprenticeship to Open in June 2016

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Applications for Insurance Apprenticeship to Open in June 2016

Wednesday, March 09, 2016 

Applications for Insurance Apprenticeship to Open in June 2016

The Insurance Practitioner Professional Apprenticeship is expected to open for applications in June 2016.

As we draw closer to the opening of applications in June this year, we will be bringing you further details on the history of apprenticeships, their relevance to the Irish market and why they will form a core part of school-leavers’ options into the future.


Over the last 50 years, the number of people attending college after school has increased exponentially. In 2011, 69% of school leavers were attending university compared to 11% in 1965, with apprenticeships limited to ‘trade-based’ industries such as electricians.

This has resulted in an academically over-qualified workforce who graduate with little or no employability skills, which is causing a crisis in talent acquisition across a number of industries including insurance.

The insurance sector previously had a tradition of hiring school-leavers into apprenticeship roles. Many of the industry’s leaders started out as apprentices, undertaking professional qualifications as they worked their way up through the ranks.

However, this tradition faded with the increasing popularity of attending university over the last 15 years, although the graduates who enter the industry still undertake professional qualifications on top of their college degrees, as in other industries – a source of frustration for many.

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship will provide a solution to these issues. School leavers who embark on the professional apprenticeship scheme will get their foot on the career ladder earlier than most graduates, while still earning a level 8 qualification and a salary.

They become part of a pool of talent from which organisations can recruit when looking for people who want to create a strong career in the insurance industry and who have the qualifications and employability skills to do so. The BA (Hons) Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship, a level 8 ‘earn and learn’ degree delivered by The Insurance Institute and IT Sligo, which combines academic qualifications with practical on-the-job learning.