Olivia Scanlon,Tax Assistant, Deloitte

Job Tax Assistant
Employer Deloitte, Dublin
Education Bachelor of Corporate Law (2004), LLB (final year), NUI Galway (2006)

Although I studied law at university, I knew I wanted to work in tax. I was attracted to my company's five-year graduate scheme by its reputation for training. I'm now eight months into the programme and have just sat my part 1 tax exam with the Irish Taxation Institute (ITI). When I'm finished I'll be a chartered accountant with the Irish Chartered Accountants of Ireland (ICAI) and a registered tax consultant with the ITI.

I've just moved from business tax to financial services tax. It's a very topical area, and has provided me with an in-depth understanding of what's currently going on in the economy. Daily client-related work includes jobs like a tax computation, where I examine a client's financial statements for the year to work out their corporation tax liability. I also have some longer term research projects on the horizon which will entail analysis and collection of information regarding expanding industry sectors. Often a colleague will approach me to ask if I have time to help them on a project, so I’ll make an appointment with them to discuss it. Every week I also attend workshops in knowledge and legislation, which I fit around my work.

The best thing about my job is the people. When I joined I was allocated a mentor and a buddy so there is always someone I can go to with any problems or questions. Because I get work from every level of the company I have lots of interaction with colleagues across the board; everyone is happy to help me out. Most seniors have been through the training process themselves and are very supportive.

A particular highlight was the intensive week of training when I first started. Various accountants and managers gave presentations and quickly got me up to speed with basic tax concepts. There was also a real social element to the week, providing a fantastic opportunity for trainees to get to know one another. All in all it was a great craic.

Advice for graduates

If you think you'd like to go into tax, be aware that you're not going to know very much to begin with. This can feel daunting at first, but don't be put off. Before long you'll be able to see exactly how your career could progress.