Sarah Barry ACA is a Partner with Barden’s International practice. She is an expert in international careers and specialises in the recruitment of accounting, finance and legal professionals across the world. Sarah is a graduate of University College Cork, holding a BA in Economics, and an MBS in Business Studies. She then went on to complete her Chartered Accountants Ireland qualification working with KPMG.
We recently caught up with Sarah to learn a little bit more about her…
Where are you from?
I’m from Cork originally but spent a lot of my childhood in Dublin. Since college I’ve spent time living in Australia, New Zealand and currently live in sunny California!
Can you tell us a bit about your professional background?
I studied Economics as an undergrad at UCC and went on to do a Masters in Business Economics also at UCC.
After college I joined KPMG in Dublin where I qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying I moved into industry working as a Financial Accountant for a large Multinational before making the move into recruitment.
I joined Barden in 2017 as the new Cork office was being established. It was an exciting time to join the Cork business in start-up phase and to play a role in Barden’s growth story in Cork.
Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?
On a personal level – my two kids. They keep me on my toes.
Why did you choose to work with Barden?
The people. People at Barden really care about the impact they are having on other people’s lives. Everyone is passionate about the area of the business they work in and most have also trained or qualified in that area.
What’s your role in Barden?
I joined the business as a finance market specialist and spent a number of years supporting the newly qualified accounting market & the senior finance market in Cork.
This year we started Barden’s International practice, my current role Involves advising Irish qualified finance & legal professionals who wish to explore working abroad.
What’s the favourite part of your role?
Barden thinks about recruitment in a very different way. We put people first, transactions second. I love the consultative approach we adopt.
Of course when someone lands their dream role and you have been part of that process it genuinely feels great.
What are your top tips for anyone looking for a new opportunity?
Consult with someone who knows the specialist market. Take your time to gather all the information you need to make an informed decision. Don’t rush. Listen to your gut.
What three words best describe you?
Honest, organised and resilient.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
Right now, we are enjoying all that California has to offer. Next on my list Is an RV trip to see the National Parks.
And finally, what do you think other people should know about Barden?
We love to chat. Even if you don’t have plans to move roles right now, or are considering a move within your own organisation, we are happy to advise and help plan your future career with you.
Need help achieving your ambitions?
Are you a finance or legal professional looking for help in achieving your ambitions? If so, get in touch with Sarah Barry today who would be more than happy to meet you for a virtual coffee and chat to help you navigate your professional future.