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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

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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The job of an Accountant is to help businesses to achieve their targets by providing information on finance, business performance and progress, and to ensure that the individual or company is in compliance in important areas such as Taxation, Company Returns and Contractual Obligations etc.. The accountant will assess the client's income and outgoings, look at the financial dealings of the company and advise accordingly.

Accountants work with every type of organisation, from the newest tech start-up to the oldest bank and from local business to multinational companies - all need financial experts to advise them on the efficient running of their businesses.

Forensic Accountants require a very specific skill investigating potential fraud such as information gathering, attention to detail, information preservation, legal processes and dispute resolution. 

Accountants need excellent maths skills, but attributes such as team work, project management, organisation and logical thinking are highly prized too. Opportunities to work in a wide variety of sectors, excellent pay, and relative job security make a career in accountancy an attractive choice.

Many universities and institutes of technology across Ireland offer accountancy courses, offering numerous options for the first step towards qualifying as an accountant.

The next step is spending a period of time as a trainee accountant. Working as a trainee offers career opportunities and practical on the job training. Generally, it will be highly structured, offering support as you work towards your accountancy exams.

Accountancy exams are taken to gain certification from a body such as Chartered Accountants Ireland or Certified Public Accountants Ireland. Passing these exams and becoming a member of a professional accountancy body means you are recognised as meeting the standards required of accountants. Maintaining your certification means working ethically and fulfilling the professions standards of practice.


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Occupations in Accountancy
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Accounting Technician

Prepares and provides financial records and information for both accountants and financial managers.


Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.

Forensic Accountant

Provides accounting skills in civil and criminal cases, and also non-legal related investigations.

Fund Accountant

Prepares bank account reconciliation, deals with cash transfers, bonds and equity settlements.

Management Accountant

Management accountants provide business data and analysis to managers within organisations to assist in business decision-making and control

Tax Accountant

Maintains knowledge of tax code changes and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information. Makes tax returns on behalf of clients.


An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

Auditor - EU

Examines and inspects internal and external financial management processes in the EU

Financial Adviser

Advises people on how to get the most from their financial earnings and savings.

Estimator / Cost Engineer

Works out how much it will cost for a business to supply product or services to a client.