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 Aisling Molloy from Chartered Accountants Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Aisling Molloy

Chartered Accountant

Chartered Accountants Ireland

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  Aisling Molloy

I would say that the skills of accountants/tax advisors are in demand in all economic situations. An ability to work well with numbers is important. However, an ability to work well with people is just as important if not more so, as the information in the numerical analysis has to be communicated to all business users. It’s a long road but the end result is worth the effort. The chartered accountant qualification is internationally recognised and it is very easy to work and travel abroad. Although I have not worked overseas, I have travelled extensively. Working hard and saving harder helped me to fund my trips. Some would argue that being an accountant makes it easier to save!

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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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