On 19/09/19 Trainee Accountants are gathering in Dublin for something unique....

Accountants are at least 57% likely to move jobs through their professional network. Fact.

Accountants today have less & less opportunity to build these critical networks. With changing technology accounting students are spending less time with each other in the classroom and more time, alone, online. Compounding this, people in industry/smaller firms do not get the same network exposure as those training in larger firms. Combine these factors and you’ve got a problem. Accountants today are just not getting the opportunity to build the networks that will be critical to their professional future.

AccountancySchool.ie and Barden have the answer.

On Thursday 19th September at the Indeed Offices on Stephens Green we’re creating a new destination. A destination where early career accountants (at all levels) can meet other early career accountants and build the professional networks they need for their future.

And it does not stop there. On the evening your MC Derek Howard (CEO & Founder of The Customer) will be treating you to insights on networking for success and will introduce some high-profile speakers on the things that matter as you study and work, including:

  • Peter Fagan (EMEA Financial Controller @Indeed) “What makes good trainee accountants great qualified accountants”
  • Patrick McCarthy (Accountant & Sport/Performance Psychologist) “Sports psychology and its application to professional exams”
  • Ed Heffernan (Managing Partner @Barden Ireland) “Ireland’s first Career Guide for part qualified accountants launched and uncovered”
  • Dave O’Donoghue (MD of AccountancySchool.ie and Adjunct Lecturer in Trinity College) – “’Challenges facing trainee accountants balancing study with life and work”

On the evening Barden and AccountancySchool.ie will also launch the first ever career guide tailored to trainee accountants in Ireland. It’s a one of a kind, with a limited print, and a free copy will be available to delegates on the night.

Places are limited to 40 people on a first come first serve basis.  Please register on our Eventbrite page here>>>  OR use the *URL below OR got to Eventbrite.com and search for “Barden”.  Details as follows:

  • Location: Indeed Corporate Offices, St. Stephen’s Green, 124 Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
  • Date:   Thursday 19th September 2019
  • Time: 6pm – 8pm






Derek Howard (CEO and Founder of The Customer) – MC

CEO and Founder of ‘The Customer’, Derek has run training programmes on ‘Developing your personal network’ for almost 1,500 people in Ireland and across Europe over the last few years. In this session, he’ll explore why networking is important for everyone in business, share his top tips for networking and advise us on how best to make it part of our busy day-to-day lives


Peter Fagan (EMEA Financial Controller & Interim Global Procurement Director @Indeed) 

Peter is a senior finance leader with 25+ years experience working in the Technology and Financial Services sectors. He has worked at both operational and Board level. Most recently, he was the EMEA Financial Controller at Dell Bank (4 years) which was a start up Financial Services business. Prior to that, he was the EMEA Financial Controller at CIT (4 years) and the Finance Director at Hewlett Packard Ireland (12 years) for the Ireland sales business and EMEA call centre. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) in 1994.


Patrick McCarthy (Accountant & Sport/Performance Psychologist)

Pat is a chartered accountant, qualified with KPMG Dublin and worked in industry as Head of Finance in an Irish led project VC-backed fintech lender.  Since completing an MSc in sports, exercise and performance psychology, Pat has set up a business to help students leverage mental skills to enhance exam performance.


Dave O’Donoghue  (MD of AccountancySchool.ie and Adjunct Lecturer in Trinity College)

Dave is a founder and the Managing Director of AccountancySchool.ie. Dave will share his personal experience in helping trainee accountants balance work, study and life.


Ed Heffernan (Managing Partner at Barden Ireland) 

Ed is a founder and the Managing Partner at Barden. Ed will be launching the Barden Career Guide for Part Qualified and Trainee Accountants – a first of a kind guide to help early-career accountants strategically plan their professional future.


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