Meeting the Barden Team...Neil Murphy, ACA

Neil Murphy, ACA, is an Associate with our team in Dublin. Neil joined Barden in March 2018 and is an expert in qualified accounting careers, in particular supporting the recently qualified accounting and finance market.

Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011, having completed his training with Deloitte.

We caught up recently with Neil to find out a little bit more about him.

Where are you from?

I’m from Templeogue in Dublin.

Where did you study?

I studied a Business Degree in DIT, Aungier St and went on to do a Masters of Accounting in Smurfit.

During your time in your studies in DIT did you always know you wanted to go on to study accounting?

I was always comfortable with the numbers but there was no long-term plan to become an accountant (like most people I imagine!). I completed a work placement in Deloitte during my third year in college and that was how it started!

Then it was on to the Masters and completing my training contract with Deloitte.

You spent some time living and working in Australia, what was that like?

It was fantastic. Great weather, great lifestyle and great people. Really missing those bright sunny mornings!

Why did you decide to get into recruitment?

Moving home from Sydney was a big change and so I decided to look at a few other options career-wise. Kind of “if not now, never” approach. I always enjoyed the people interaction from previous roles and thought this would be a great way to interact with people while still making good use of my ACA qualification.

What kind of roles and companies do you work with?

I work with a broad range of companies, everything from SME’s to large Plcs. I specialise with recently qualified accountants so most of the roles that I help companies with are financial accounting or commercial accounting roles.

What are your top tips for anyone looking for a new opportunity?

The main thing I found is to try and appreciate the timing of the process. While in the current market there are a lot of roles and jobs out there, they may not necessarily be the right one for you and understanding that can be tricky.

I believe one of the most important things to do is to take your time and get the expert advice you need to help make the right decision for you.

What three words best describe you?

Bit of craic – does that count?

What’s your favourite movie?

Remember the Titans

What’s your favourite sport?

Gaelic..Gwan the Dubs!

What age were you when you had your first paying job? What was it?

15, packing bags and stocking shelves in the local Supervalu in Churchtown, Dublin.

What are the biggest fears or challenges for recently qualified accountants thinking of changing roles? What advice, if any, have you got for them?

If I put myself back in their shoes a number of years ago, my fear was the unknown. All along I was on the “treadmill” of school, college and then a 3-year training contract so I never really had to make too many decisions until I finished in Deloitte. I find that’s the main reason why I spend a lot of time sitting down with recently qualified accountants and discussing their career goals and helping them achieve them, more so than just chatting about job specs.

As a member of the Barden team, what makes Barden different?

Having used many recruiters as a candidate both in Ireland and Australia, I found the people to be the main difference in Barden. I initially came to Barden as a candidate before I decided to embark on a career change, and I found that the people I met here really listened to what I was saying and also helped me a lot as I was unsure of what exactly I wanted at the time.

I’ve had plenty of experience of getting calls from recruiters trying to sell me a job. I didn’t get that with Barden and that was a nice and refreshing change.

Are there any particular resources you’d direct recently qualified accountants to?

We’ve just released our Newly Qualified Career Guide. There’s a lot of very good information in there about helping accountants make informed decisions about their careers and professional futures. The Barden Career Model in particular is a very good way of explaining the market and how you should view yourself in that market. I just wish I had that explained to me when I qualified – would of helped me a lot!

The Barden team are a great resource and always ready to meet with anyone considering their career options for a coffee and chat.


Need help achieving your ambitions?

Are you a recently qualified accounting professional looking for help in achieving your ambitions? If so, get in touch with Neil Murphy today who is ready with lots of CV, LinkedIn, interview and career advice along with cutting edge market insights.

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