Within the SThree Group we're well aware how important it is to provide our people with the support they need to build a fulfilling career and strike a balance in their work and their life. This is why we’re committed to fostering an open environment where staff can deliver results not only on the sales floor but also outside office walls.
Someone who’s putting this commitment to the test is Sarah Bovy, Senior Consultant at SThree brand Real Life Sciences in Brussels; she’s combining a successful Motorsport racing career with her job as a recruitment professional.
We asked Sarah how she’s manging this balancing act and why she thinks SThree enabled her to have a career with no limits.
How it all began…
“My father was a racing driver which was one of the reasons for my fascination for Motorsports. When I was in my early teens I tried Go Karting, just for fun, but then decided to keep going; and I haven’t stopped since.
“Today, I have the opportunity to drive beautiful and powerful racing cars and take part in competitions all over the world such as Dubai and most countries in Europe. It’s like a dream come true”, says Sarah, who has competed in Motorsports racing for over 10 years and became the first woman on the podium of a World Series by Renault event in 2015.
Whist racing Sarah continues her full-time role of three years as a recruitment consultant at SThree. “I know how lucky I am to be able to have a great job and a successful racing career at the same time,” she explains, “many of the drivers who started their career with me had to give it up. They couldn’t make a living off racing alone and weren’t able to balance their professional career and their expensive hobby. A motivating and encouraging work environment, hard work and 100% focus got me where I am today.”
Sarah experienced that partnering her professional career with her racing career and balancing both can be difficult at times and requires a lot of flexibility from all parties.
“One of the biggest challenges is that these two areas of my life are very different and they can clash. Time management and open communication are key to balancing both careers, whether it’s taking a call from a candidate on the racetrack and discussing salary expectations, or speaking with sponsors during office hours - keeping track of time and planning work accordingly is crucial – both on and off the track.”
Sarah adds; “Being open with your activity and taking the time to tell your colleagues and your manager what you do outside of office hours is important; it gives them the opportunity to understand your multi-career goals and the reason why you might take more days out of the office than others.”
A flexible partnership between employee and employer
Sarah is determined to take her racing career to the next level and will compete in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, Europe, a challenging series of events which will involve a lot of travelling and time away from the office.
“Participating in this Trofeo wouldn’t have been possible without the support of SThree. I explained the importance of this tournament to my manager and we agreed on a partnership where SThree covers my travel expenses and allows me to have a flexible working arrangement such as the possibility to work remotely, take unpaid holiday, and use extra time for lunch breaks to go to the gym and keep fit.
“In return, I’ll proudly show the SThree logo on my car and have now become a brand ambassador for the Company. The support and commitment from SThree over the past three years has been amazing and will forever be my souvenir,” she continues.
Building a winning skills set
The skills that attract racing talent are interchangeable with the skills needed in a professional work environment but it’s the determination and endless motivation that connects the two careers.
“I’ve transferred a lot of my racing skills to the recruiting cycle and vice versa, negotiating with sponsors on the race track is alike to negotiating with clients in the office. Mentally, it’s about stress-resistance and preparing for the result to go either way – win or lose; office or racetrack.
“The physical intensity of racing is challenging, it’s not easy switching roles, but the flexibility and courage that SThree provides gives me the opportunity to create my own experiences and stay focused on success,” says Sarah.
A career with no limits
“For me a career with no limits means an employer who gives you the opportunity to be great not just in the things you’re doing for the Company but in everything you’re trying to achieve in life. It’s about an employer who helps their people to be happy in their private life and is not scared to push them to do amazing things!” Sarah concludes.