Meeting the Barden Team...Aoibhín Byrne

Meeting the Barden Team...Aoibhín Byrne

Aoibhín Byrne is an Associate at Barden, and an expert in part qualified accounting and AP/AR careers.

A proud Cork/Dublin woman, and UCC grad, she joined Barden Accounting & Tax in October 2019. We chatted to Aoibhín recently to find out a bit more about her…

Where are you from?

A bit of a hard one to answer! I should say I’m from Cork but I grew up in Rathfarnham in Dublin as a child, and moved to Cork when I was 11…You could say I’m 50/50 Cork/Dublin.

Where did you study?

I studied Commerce with French in University College Cork (UCC).

What did you enjoy most about your time studying? 

Joining UCC Rowing Club when I was in my first year. I had rowed when I was in secondary school but decided to take a break from it when I was studying for my Leaving Cert. As soon as I found out I would be going to UCC I was determined to get back into rowing. During my first year of college rowing became my life – 7am training sessions before college, training sessions after college, training sessions all weekend (a lot of training as you can probably tell!) but also, I ended up becoming close friends with many of the people in the club. Being part of a team is an amazing feeling and probably one of the main reasons I wanted to join Barden.

Where did you work before joining Barden?

I worked in KPMG, and was in the tax department.

Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?

Another tough one to answer! I suppose for me the last year has been a lot about making big changes. Making the move into a different career…totally changing my career path. A new job, new people, new place to live…all in the space of a couple of months.

What made you decide to move into the world of recruitment?

When I finished college I started with KPMG. I had a great experience and really enjoyed the job, but I also felt there was something missing for me.

I really wanted my career to be more in line with my values and with who I was. And when I met the team from Barden there was no question that it, and the people who worked there, were the ones for me.

Why did you choose to work with Barden?

I enjoy working with people, and recruitment is all about working with people. Like I mentioned above it ultimately came down to the people and what the company stood for.

What’s the best thing about working here?

The people obviously! (Seeing a bit of a theme here) But also the thrill of going into work every day not knowing how your day is going to pan out. One call/email can totally change your day so say goodbye to “to-do” lists and hello to “must-do” lists as they like to say in here!

What was most surprising to you about Barden?

I had never worked in recruitment before, so I didn’t have a clear understanding of what it was like. I suppose most surprising is that Barden actually live and breathe what they talk about…which I feel is quite unique across business (not just recruitment!).

What does your role in Barden involve?

I am based in the Dublin office and work as part of the specialist finance team. In particular I work on part qualified accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and accounts assistants careers. My role involves bridging the gap between the clients and the candidate’s needs…and ultimately matching the right person to the right role.

A lot of my role is about understanding people. Listening to their wants and their career aspirations, and ultimately supporting them to achieve their career goals. When it comes down to it it’s about making a difference to a person’s life.

What three words best describe you?

Caring, positive, friendly.

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents, they’ve always supported me no matter what and they have always been there for me. The most daunting thing that I have ever done is probably totally change careers and join the world of recruitment. A career change is probably not the most ideal thing for any parent to hear but they both went out of their way to help me with the change in career and the move back up to the ‘big smoke’, which I will forever be grateful for.

Have you a favourite saying or quote? What is it?

I have a few but two of my top ones are…

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“Live in the present.”

Glass half full or half empty?

Half full.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

I want to visit everywhere!!

And finally, who would win a fight between Spiderman, Batman or Wonder Woman?

Wonder Woman of course 😊

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