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John Kehoe, Senior Manager - Audit
John Kehoe works as a Manager in the Audit Department in Deloitte. Having completed a Degree in Commerce and German and a Masters Degree in Accountancy, John accepted a training contract with Deloitte to study for Chartered Accountancy. He has recently been promoted to Manager level within the organisation.
Irish, English, Maths, German, Business, Accounting, Physics. German and Accounting influenced me the most; they were my main reasons for doing Commerce and German in college.
I liked accounting in college and school and I thought it was a natural progression then to train in an accounting practice.
Leaving Cert - 1999.
College degree – Commerce and German - 2003.
Masters Degree – Masters in Accounting - 2004.
Chartered Accountant - 2007.
The Institute and professional qualifications. These form the main basis for my day to day work.
A new course was advertised by the ICAI last month – A diploma in Forensic Accounting. It sounded interesting and I may well look into it over the summer. This is something that Deloitte are very supportive of. They provide sponsorship for courses relevant to my career development and this also includes study days around the exam periods.