What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I took all the usual subjects EXCEPT Accounting and Business Organization. I think that not doing any business subjects in secondary school led me onto choosing my college course – Business and Legal Studies in UCD. I felt that as a life skill I needed to have an idea of business and I am really glad I chose that course. It gave me the opportunity to pursue either a career in business or in law and interestingly I found that the legal knowledge I gained in college was of great benefit to me when training to be a Registered Tax Consultant.
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
My college degree was definitely a help when studying to get my tax exams with the Irish Taxation Institute. I found the AITI qualification extremely useful. You could say that I would not have my current job if I did not have it.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
As tax legislation is continuously evolving, I have to take further training every year. The Irish Taxation Institute provide seminars and conferences for it's members and this is something I really enjoy as it ensures that I am continually adding to my knowledge.
What is your education to date?
In college I studied Business and Legal Studies (BBLS) in UCD. During my training contract with KPMG I studied for my tax qualifications, AITI, which is the Associateship of the Irish Taxation Institute where I qualified as a Registered Tax Consultant.