Working in a meritocratic environment was on top of Mike Banfield’s list when he was looking to start his career. 16 years later, he found exactly that at SThree, and advanced from a trainee to a director for our brand Huxley in Benelux and France.
Here, he shares his story of how SThree has supported him in balancing his family life with an exciting career.
After finishing his formal education and a year of traveling the world, Mike was more than ready to start his career. “I had no clue what I actually wanted to do… all I knew was that I was looking for a company and a career where what I put in correlated with what I got out. I was looking for a real meritocracy that has the potential to help me achieve my life goals.”
“Recruitment as an industry seemed to be a great fit and SThree as a company matched my career ambitions. After meeting with a number of brands within the SThree Group, I chose Huxley because I bought into the people I met and the journey they mapped out for me – I think it’s fair to say that for me this was an excellent choice.”
Balancing a career with family life
Striking a balance between your work life and family life isn’t always easy. So how has Mike managed to get the balance right? He says, “First and foremost, I have both a very supportive family and a very supportive employer!
"In my position, I’m lucky enough to be able to manage my own time to create a healthy balance that works for all involved – of course, that’s not always easy with the amount of travel involved. Ultimately, it’s not about what you do or when and you do it, it’s about how you do it and your achievements."
"I’ve seen huge changes within SThree over the last 16 years where this is concerned and the business continues to be committed to creating the right work environment for everyone.”
Support and work/life balance
Here at SThree, we strive to provide our people with the support they need, whenever they need it. And we encourage our teams to work together to support each other.
Mike says, “There are many, many ways in which SThree supports me – from flexible working hours to technical systems that allow me to work on the go or from home and even taking a (much appreciated) sabbatical to spend some quality time with my family.”
“Perhaps most importantly, I feel I have the support to get the job done in a way that compliments my family life rather than detracts from it. I also work with a really incredible team of people who are great at their jobs and together we support each other to achieve amazing things.”
Recruitment proved to be life changing
What Mike values most about his career in recruitment, is that it’s delivered on its original promise: “It’s an environment that rewards your work and talent and allows those willing to invest in their careers to achieve their life goals, whatever they may be. It’s about owning your career and how far you want to take it.”
“I’m very lucky to work in a company I admire, doing a job I enjoy, with people I genuinely like and respect. In doing so, I’m able to live a life, and provide opportunities for my family, that are way, way beyond what my expectations were when I started my career.”
“For me SThree and recruitment were life changers”.
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