Lorraine O’Leary is an Associate with Barden’s IT practice. She is an expert in IT recruitment and careers.
Lorraine successfully graduated from UCC in 2020, achieving a first class honours degree in Business Information Systems (BIS), and joined the Barden team in Cork in February 2021.
We (virtually) caught up with her recently to find out more about her.
Where are you from?
I’m from a small village called Kilbrittain in West Cork.
How old were you when you had your first paying job?
I started working in a corner shop when I was 17.
Can you tell us a bit about your professional background?
During my time In UCC I completed my third-year work placement as an IT Analyst in Depuy Synthes. I started In Barden then a few months after graduating. Short and sweet.
Why did you decide to get into recruitment?
From when we had our last day of college in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, I had so much time to think about exactly what I wanted in a career. I loved the thought that with recruitment I would be able to pursue my love for IT while also being able to help people.
What made you decide to join Barden?
My experience throughout the interview process made me feel like they cared about me genuinely liking the role and had an interest in me as a person. It was the feeling that my Barden interview process gave me that made me want to help other people feel the same.
What’s your role in Barden?
I’m an Associate in Technology, helping Killian build out the IT practice.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
My daily walk on the beach.
What three words best describe you?
Kind, Empathetic, Creative
Who is your role model, and why?
Can I have 2? My parents 100%. They’ve always taught me that being happy is the most important thing.
What do you think other people should know about Barden’s expert IT practice?
That we genuinely care about helping people find the IT role that’s the right fit for them.
What kind of roles and companies do you work with?
We work with all kinds of companies on roles in IT Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Software Dev, QA, DevOps, Business Analysis, Project Management, BI, the list goes on…
What’s your biggest achievement?
I think graduating into and starting my career during a global pandemic.
What’s your favourite quote/book/movie/sport/song?
‘What’s for you won’t pass you by’
Who would win a fight between Spiderman, Batman and Wonder-Woman?
Wonder-woman of course!!