A leavers last word, lockdown and moving on.


When our wonderful people decide to spread their wings we follow a set process with a good old exit interview so that we can learn from the stuff we did right as an organisation and the areas where we can do better. Rarely are they anything but incredibly constructive for all parties involved and every now and then the team member exiting wants to go a little bit further and share the experience wider.

Hannah has just left us but it seems really important to share her positivity during times like these and highlight that clouds can have silver linings and it’s just as much our role at Sagittarius to support personal development beyond our walls and onwards into the people’s lives and futures.

Hannah’s words.

“Lockdown has been a bit of a strange time for us all, to put it mildly. Rules and regulations have seemed to change daily. A lot of us have been able to work from home - sounded great, didn’t it? For me my initial thoughts were that I would be avoiding the 3-4 hour round commute to Leeds, saving on fuel and parking, having so much extra time that normally would be taken up sitting in mind-numbing traffic. I’d be at home with the opportunity to go for a relaxing walk through nearby fields at lunchtime, save money on expensive coffee shop food and frankly be able to work in my PJ’s if I wanted - oh the benefits seemed huge!!

However, 5 months on and the novelty had very much worn off. I live alone in my little cottage in the countryside, which normally I love. But, being here alone for this long, unable to socialise and go to the gym has hit me hard - this is a huge, huge thing for me as I genuinely need to see my friends and be around work colleagues. It had been incredibly tough. I found that my days soon consisted of only work. Once the fun ideas of redecorating, making-over the garden, baking fresh cakes and doing home workouts etc wore off, well there was nothing left to do apart from filling the gaps with more work whilst getting lost in your own thoughts.

With all of this time alone in front of my Mac, I started to re-evaluate what I actually wanted from life. Which is a rather deep question once you dare ask yourself properly! I took the time to step right back. My heart lies with working closely with people, helping them and making people happy. Other people’s successes and happiness are what make me so happy - hence why I have loved my Account Management role at Sagittarius. However, my passion has always been exercise, pushing myself and reaching that sense of euphoria that you get when you achieve something significant during a fitness journey or challenge. I’ve always depended on exercise and the gym to help with my personal wellbeing and provide essential ‘me time’.

Since day 1 of working at Sagittarius, the team has been supportive of me completing my Personal Training qualifications and training clients before and after work. It’s been rather full-on, to say the least! Whilst re-evaluating my personal goals I decided it was time to push my PT business, Firbank Fitness, and jump into the wellbeing industry with both feet. Right in the middle of a global pandemic. Nothing like taking a risk!

Instead of putting themselves first, Sagittarius knew this was the right thing for me as a person. With their support, I’ve been able to wind down from agency work and transition across putting more time into starting the new venture. I’m incredibly grateful for the support the team has shown me and it shows what a special type of company they are. Everything from big stuff like putting me on garden leave so I’ve had the time to get Firbank Fitness up and running, through to details like ensuring I keep the mobile phone number that has been previously associated to both the agency and Firbank Fitness. I’ve even had support from the Excel wizards helping me with my Tracking spreadsheets for PT clients and the Multi-channel team giving me invaluable guidance with digital marketing advice.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to both Team Sagi and my Sagi clients - thank you for all of your continued support and well wishes for my new venture! Looking back, Lockdown has actually been a hugely positive life-changing time for me, so thank you! I’d be letting the marketing team down if I didn’t finish with… If you’d like to follow my new venture, feel free to on social media @firbankfitness”

If you’re looking for a great place to work with people that care about the things you want to achieve then get in touch, we would love to hear from you! 


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Andy Hutton
Head of Talent and Employee Engagement
Bringing over a decade of both agency and in-house recruitment to the team, Andy joins our HOT, Claire to support the agency's tremendous growth and plans for the future
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Andy Hutton

28 Sep 2020 - 7 minute read
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