Jo changes career and swaps taxis for taxes

by Gazette Reporter
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A DUBLIN businesswoman who sought a new career challenge has swopped taxis for clients’ tax matters thanks to an accounting qualification programme.

Jo Collins ran a taxi firm for 35 years, but now she is an accounting technician with Clontarf firm Howlin O’Rourke and Co – where she was once a client.

Accounting Technicians Ireland’s diploma qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a fulfilling and rewarding professional accounting career.

Jo revealed: “In an ideal world, anyone running a business would do this course. It is suited to anyone who wants to pursue a career in accounting, not only those who are starting out in life.”

The self-starter, who studied for her diploma at home in her attic, said online learning was the best option available when she realised it was time to upskill.

“My brain wanted something new, but I was not going to be able to go college three times a week,” she said.

“I found online learning so convenient, and the student forums, at which we could all swop stories, were wonderful.”

Enrolment for the new academic year, starting in September, is now open and the programme is available at dozens of colleges across Dublin.

ACI provides a nationally and internationally recognised accounting qualification and graduates are employed in industry, commerce, private practice and the public sector.

The qualification – which can be attained in two years – opens a world of employment opportunities and can also be the first step to a full qualification in accountancy.

“This is a pan-sectoral qualification which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector,” said Gillian Doherty, chief operations officer at ACI.

“There is continuing high demand for accounting technician skills and many businesses meet their course fees – recognising the benefits of having a qualified technician to run the financial side while the owner develops the entrepreneurial end.

“Each year the core syllabus is reviewed to ensure it is both relevant to the workplace and in tune with the evolution of the accountancy environment.”

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