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 Anna Holohan from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Anna Holohan

Tax Trainee

Irish Tax Institute

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  Anna Holohan
I would advise any college student considering a career in tax to undertake a summer internship or placement in a firm offering tax services. I found this an excellent way to understand what a job in tax would actually involve. Researching careers in tax online also shows the endless and exciting opportunities that a tax qualification can offer. I have found the more I have learned about tax, the more I understand how varied roles in tax can be.
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Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen/women.

To qualify for the RSS you must be getting a social welfare payment. In return, people participating in the RSS provide services that benefit rural communities. For example:

  • Maintaining and enhancing various walking routes
  • Energy conservation work for older people and those at risk of poverty
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects
  • Social care and care of older people
  • Community care for pre-school and after-school groups
  • Environmental maintenance work
  • Projects relating to not-for-profit cultural and heritage centres
  • Community administration or clerical work
  • Any other appropriate community based project identified during the scheme

Participants in the scheme work 19.5 hours per week. These hours are to ensure participation on the scheme does not affect your farming/fishing activities. A mimimum payment of €210.50 applies. 

If you get a place on the RSS Scheme, you are offered a contract from your start date for up to 22 months. 

As this scheme is administered locally, you should contact your local RSS implementing body for further information or an application form. 

Further information on the RSS scheme is also available click here

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  Hint: Bank of Ireland

I saw an ad in a local newspaper stating that Banking 365 were holding a Recruitment Open Day in a hotel in the area.

 

I bought a suit, went on the Internet to pick up some interview tips and borrowed library books on aptitude tests so I could practice.

 

I presented myself at 9.00am on the day in question - I was actually the first to arrive! I had to fill in a short questionnaire and then sit selection tests. I was glad I had practiced because it put me in the right frame of mind to complete the tests.

 

We waited whilst the tests were checked and successful applicants then had to sit an interview with two managers from Banking 365. It was a general interview where they went through my CV in terms of my education and work experience to date.

 

Later that day I received a telephone call to say I had come through the interview stage and would have a telephone interview the next day. This was really daunting.

 

I went on the Internet again and picked up some tips on telephone interviews. The interview lasted about 20 minutes - you really had to have your wits about you and literally think on your feet so as not to have too much dead air.

 

Later that week I received a phone call offering me the position - I was delighted!


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