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High Flyers: Aoidin is focussing on getting the jobs done...

Aoidin O’Connor

In the High Flyers spotlight this week is Aoidin O’Connor, head of agency at fast-growth property agency Bradley NI

What was your first job?

My first job was as a part time sales assistant at Leisure World in Belfast when I was 15. It was a great introduction into the world of work and set me up for a career with a customer focus.

What qualifications do you have?

I joined Northern Bank straight after school and completed my Institute of Bankers qualifications, progressing over 21 years to become an executive banking manager. I also have a degree in travel and tourism.

What do you attribute your success to?

I’m ultimately a positive person with a can-do attitude and a focus on getting the job done.

How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?

I would say that I’m hard working, always willing to help others and a real people person.

Who do you look up to in business?

I really look up to local entrepreneurs who build businesses from the ground up and have the tenacity to see it through during the good times and the bad.

How do you get the best out of people who work for you?

I find that the best way to get the most out of a team is to work with them and don’t ask them to do something you wouldn’t do.

If you could change one thing about doing business in Northern Ireland, what would it be?

I am so proud of Northern Ireland and really do think that it is a great place to work. Of course, the challenges created by Brexit and Covid-19 have had a significant impact on all businesses and it would be great to return to a more normal way of working.

What website or app could you not do without?

It has to be PropertyPal.

What was the last book you read?

Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose.

What car do you drive?

Audi A3.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I have abseiled down the Europa and Silent Valley for charity.

What’s your greatest passion outside work and family?

I love travelling to new places and sharing a few drinks and a bit of craic with friends.

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