After a career in catering spanning 13 years as a chef and five years running his own kitchen with two AA Rosettes, Chris decided that it was time for a new challenge and a more enjoyable work-life balance. Chris has now been at Whitehall for almost two years and is enjoying the rewards of recruitment.
When I worked in hospitality, I was very passionate about my job. The downside is that I used to live to work, with 12 to 14 hours-a-day shifts and weekend work. I could see other people going out on weekends and having fun, but that was not something I could treat myself to… whenever I did it, I felt guilty. Hospitality can be a very difficult industry, especially when you are planning on having a family and children, so I decided I needed a change and a career that offered better work-life balance.
I have a friend who works in recruitment, who also used to work in hospitality. He told me about the rewards, incentives, the good money you can earn, how he worked eight hours a day and had a great time at the weekend. I had a look into it, liked what I saw and applied to join Whitehall. When I researched the company, I learned about SAP – a software company I hadn’t heard about before. As I read more about SAP I began to realise it’s everywhere as it’s used by many well-known companies around the world including BBC, McLaren and Heineken. I thought the industry Whitehall works with was very interesting and when I came to my interview I really liked the values of the company and the company atmosphere. I was already looking for a new challenge so it seemed the right thing to do.