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Where are they now? From financial sales to personal trainer

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Why do we love working in a recruitment agency? Let us count the ways! At the top of the list is helping Basingstoke people find a way to earn a living doing what they love.

You might have heard the Harvey Mackay quote that goes, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Yet so many people let years of their lives pass by, doing job they don’t really enjoy. Boredom and resentment will impact their productivity and their mental health could suffer. That’s no good for them, and no good for their employer.

Here at Wote Street People in Basingstoke, we believe that the right job is the job that makes you HAPPY. When that alarm goes off in the morning, we want our candidates to look forward to the day ahead. For the local businesses we recruit for, we want them to reap the benefits of that enthusiasm and emotional wellbeing.

Ready for an inspiration boost?

If you’re looking for a job in Basingstoke, or trying to fill a vacancy, we’re sharing positive tales from people who are thriving in careers they have true passion for.

We recently shared the success stories of former temps Bunny Waring, now a Field & Research Archaeologist (A.K.A. Archaeology Grrl) and Natalie Iacona, Senior Accountant for a fund administrator.

This time around, we’re limbering up for some star jumps to celebrate the career journey of Tom Chandler, Personal Trainer at Village Hotel Gym. Tracey Fisher from Wote Street explains where it all began:

“Tom came to us looking for some work while he was learning to become a personal trainer. He’s clearly ambitious and loves his sport. I was recruiting for the new Village Hotel in Basingstoke at the time and I felt Tom would be a valuable addition to their gym team.

“He was an absolute pleasure to deal with. It was so nice to assist him in finding a role that helped him achieve his ambitions, rather than just a job.”

Tom’s story: A decathlete makes a winning career jump

“I had recently left my role in financial sales in London with the aspirations of continuing my athletics career as a decathlete. I knew I was looking for a role in the fitness industry as it complimented my background in professional sport whilst combining my passion for helping others.

“Tracy was fantastic with channelling my passion into the right role at Village Gym where I am currently working and transitioning to run my own business! Wote Street People were there at the start when it was really just a dream for me. They helped guide me to where I am today.

“For anyone thinking about becoming a personal trainer, I can wholeheartedly say it was the best decision I have ever made. Helping other achieve their fitness and personal goals is the most fulfilling part of my day, and it has enabled me to continue my childhood dream of competing in the decathlon at the commonwealth games.

“Wote Street People where so kind and understanding of my situation when I first started and placed me in the perfect role for me to continue to learn my craft.”

Find out more about Tom:

Instagram: @tccoaching__

Turning daydreams into day jobs

Hopefully, Tom’s story has showed you that you can find a career that aligns with your passion. If your current job doesn’t feel like the best fit for your skills, personality and personal aspirations, we are here to help you find one that does.

If you’re looking for candidates, Wote Street will introduce you to people who don’t just have the right skills – but the energy and zeal that every healthy business needs.

Contact our friendly team today on 01256 799127 to talk about jobs in Basingstoke, or email

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