Ağırdır graduated from METU/Faculty of Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 1979. Between 1979-2003, he worked as a manager in various industrial companies. Between 2003-2005, he worked at the HISTORY FOUNDATION, first as Coordinator and then as General Manager. Since 2005, he has been the General Manager and Board Member of KONDA Research and Consultancy Inc. He is a founding member of the Democratic Republic Program and Vice President of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). He writes for various media outlets.