After qualifying, I knew I didn't want to work as an accountant...this is what I did next.....

Siobhán Sexton is a KPMG trained qualified chartered accountant and just after finishing her training contract she decided to join Barden.  Here’s something Siobhán wrote (unedited!) about moving from accounting to recruitment.  Might be of interest if you are thinking about making the same move….

“I spent three years in KPMG where I met some great people and received fantastic training. However I knew this wasn’t the career for me. I know I needed more for my future. Something that I wanted to jump out of bed for in the morning. And then, along came Barden…!

I had the idea of recruitment in my head but I didn’t know exactly what it involved. I knew I didn’t want to stay in accounting but I wanted something where I could still use the accounting and tax qualifications that I had worked so hard for.  I did my research and after meeting with Barden and a couple of other businesses, I knew there was something different about them and they were who I wanted to work with. And luckily, they afforded me that opportunity.

And so my journey in recruitment began. I am now here almost a year and I absolutely love it! I have learned so much in the last 10 months and no two hours are the same, not to mind two days!  I get to meet with some absolutely fantastic/high-calibre people on a daily basis and work with some of the top finance teams out there….with companies and people that I’ve only seen in the papers before joining Barden.  It’s a privilege that my team in Barden and companies, big and small, now trust me to help build their finance teams.

Recruitment is not what I expected. It’s so much more. And I’m lucky that I’ve been given the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. I am surrounded by these people every day and I still can’t quite believe it. The time everyone has taken to help me learn and grow and become the best I can be. “

If you are in finance and thinking about a move to recruitment, just  drop Siobhán a mail to and Siobhán can help introduce you to the leadership team here in Barden.  

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