Meeting the Barden Team...Niamh Ennis
Niamh Ennis is an Associate with Barden Accounting & Tax in Dublin. She is an expert in accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll careers. An NUI Galway grad who originally joined Barden as a Graduate, Niamh knew straight away that Barden was the right place for her by the way they spoke about how they can genuinely change people’s lives, the finance teams that they create and their drive to change what people expect from recruitment. We sat down with Niamh recently to find out a little bit more about her…
Where are you from?
The lovely Portlaoise!
Where did you study?
I decided to go to NUI Galway for my degree so I spent 4 years there doing a Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting.
I also had an interesting semester studying abroad in Germany as part of my programme. It wasn’t the most glamourous experience living beside the German vineyards but I did get the chance to meet some really cool people who I’m still in touch with now.
What did you enjoy most about your time studying?
The time spent not studying and actually socialising!
How old were you when you had your first paying job?
I was 14 so it was only a summer job to keep me busy but it was actually with an accounting practice here in Dublin.
Where did you work before joining Barden?
I had a couple of different experiences before I joined Barden; I spent the summer of 2016 with Grant Thornton and I also worked with the PwC team as part of my degree programme.
Aside from that, I did the J1 and headed off to Chicago to spend a summer scooping ice cream and I also had a part time job in final year to keep me going.
Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?
It’s probably the little achievements I’ve had year on year that mean the most. Finishing my Leaving Cert, moving to Galway on my own, getting selected to do the Erasmus programme, graduating with a First Class Honours in my degree, joining the team in Barden… it all adds up and I’m really happy with where I’ve ended up today.
This year, I’m definitely most proud of getting my driving licence… that took a lot of work!!
What made you decide to move into the world of recruitment?
Surprisingly, I didn’t know even know the world of recruitment existed until I met Barden.
I was coming to the end of my time in NUIG and although I had the offer to complete a training contract with one of the Big 4 firms, my heart wasn’t in it.
Kate Flanagan will say she doesn’t believe in anything being a fluke but I genuinely found Barden by chance and when I met with Ed, Elaine, Kate, and Sarah, I knew I had found something different.
I didn’t know a lot about the industry but I knew I had found the people I wanted to work with.
Why did you choose to work with Barden?
Because I had no preconceptions of recruitment, I came to meet the team with a really open mind.
I knew straight away that I was in the right place by the way Barden spoke about how they can genuinely change people’s lives, the finance teams that they create and their drive to change what people expect from recruitment so it was actually a no-brainer.
I remember telling Elaine that I didn’t want to be another cog in the wheel because I wanted to be part of a team that was building the wheel and I think that sums Barden up well. I found a place that understood what I wanted to do and I understood where they were headed too.
What’s the best thing about working here?
It’s always the people. We don’t have much else apart from our people so I’m really lucky to be part of such a strong team so early on in my career.
What was most surprising to you about Barden?
Probably how quickly I started to love what I was doing. I never imagined that I’d end up working in recruitment so I was really surprised by how quickly I settled in and started enjoying it.
What does your role in Barden involve?
I get to work with a really broad range of people on a day to day basis here in Barden because I specialise in careers at all levels for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and everything in between. I also now help people who are working towards their accounting qualification and at the part qualified stage to plan out their next step and career moves.
It’s hard to define what a normal working day looks like for me but that’s what I love the most about working here.
What three words best describe you?
Full time entertainment – you’ll have to ask Heather Gordon about that one!
Who is your role model, and why?
My Granny. She’s always taught me the basics; trust yourself, be kind to others and work hard. I think as long as you’re following those then everything will work out ok in the end.
Glass half full or half empty?
I think naturally I steer towards the glass being half empty but when I talk to the right people, I come around to the idea that it may actually be half full. It would all depend on the situation.
What’s your favourite song?
It has to be “When you’re looking like that” by Westlife, you can’t have a good night out without it!
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I’m part of the Instagram generation so everywhere is on the list but for now, Dubai is top of my list.
And finally, who would win a fight between Spiderman, Batman or Wonder-Woman?
Need help achieving your ambitions?
Are you a professional looking for help in achieving your ambitions? If so, get in touch with Niamh Ennis today who would be more than happy to meet you for a coffee and chat to help you navigate your professional future.
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