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 David Clancy from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

David Clancy

AITI Chartered Tax Adviser

Irish Tax Institute

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  David Clancy
Hard work is a key requirement.Obtaining strong technical foundations is a great solid start to a tax career - learn the right way from the right person - it never leaves you and is an investment that can lead to fantastic opportunities and rewards.
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Realist?
Realist 
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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Job seekers fall into many categories:

  • You may be entering the world of work for the first time
  • You may have many years of work experience under your belt
  • You may be one of thousands of people that have been made redundant or lost their job in the economic downturn or
  • You may want to change career direction, or be simply be looking for a better job

These all are reasons that prompt people to look at the labour market for job opportunities. In the current climate, finding the right job can be a challenging, exciting or even a daunting process, whatever your reason, a range of resources are available to you through CareersPortal.ie, that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.

Note: Use the links on this page to find the resources you need.

Self-assessment exercises: CareersPortal Career File

The Interest Profiler is a really useful assessment exercise. Completing the exercise will highlight what occupations would be most suited to you. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and will generate an eight page career interest report that is unique for you.

How do I complete the Interest Profiler?

To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by signing up to CareersPortal.ie and creating your on-line career file. This file can then be accessed from any machine anywhere. It will allow you to save up to 10 documents (e.g. CV, Cover Letter etc.) and complete a Personality Assessment in relation to what careers might suit you. You can also save Occupations of interest to you, details of related PLC and CAO courses that you think you would enjoy and also provides you with access to an array of useful information on study and career skills.

 To create your on-line file just click on the image below.

 

 



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  Hint: Intel

I saw the post of Process Engineer advertised in the Irish Times. At the time I was in the final stages of writing my PhD thesis so I applied for the position by sending in my CV & a cover letter. I got called for an interview.

The interview process consisted of 3 interviews all with senior managers in the company & covered questions on my CV while also probing my technical & behavioural skills. I was offered a position about 2 weeks later by phone which was subsequently followed by formal offer letter & contract in the post.


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