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How FinTrU Employees are Making the Most of Their Sabbaticals

TUESDAY 24 JANUARY 2023

The FinTrU Unplugged initiative entitles all employees to a four-week paid sabbatical after five years' service. Vice President Raymond Walsh kept it Country and headed off to Nashville...

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH FINTRU?

I have been working with FinTrU since July 2017. I am currently a Vice President, leading a team in the Compliance/Financial Crime space.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST THOUGHT WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT FINTRU UNPLUGGED ?
I thought it was a great initiative to reward employees who have been here for five plus years. Most people do not get the chance to take a longer period of time off work so it immediately caught my interest and I was quickly planning to use it the moment I hit my designated time of service.

SO, WHAT DID YOU DO FOR UNPLUGGED?
I took a road trip in the USA followed by a Caribbean cruise. As a big lover of Country music, I started in Nashville, Tennessee. I then stopped in Memphis – in a small town called Natchez along the Mississippi – and then ended up in New Orleans. 

 

A few days later I caught a flight to Orlando to take in some theme parks and then drove to Miami to catch a cruise of the Southern Caribbean.

 

"Knowing I had a full month to explore as much as I could was the push that made me book the flights."

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS?
There are too many to mention! However, some of the main highlights were: 
 

  • Meeting up-and-coming country musician Ashley Cooke.

  • The Civil Rights Museum in Memphis was an experience everyone should experience.

  • The music and character of New Orleans and the ghost tours were fascinating.

  • Visiting and interacting with some of the locals on some of the islands we stopped on during the cruise. I particularly enjoyed my stop in the Dominican Republic where we visited a monkey enclosure and spoke to some of the locals involved in cocoa bean and coffee production.

WAS THIS SOMETHING YOU'D ALWAYS INTENDED TO DO?
It is something I had always wanted to do but getting enough time to do it was always difficult. Knowing I had a full month to explore as much as I could was the push that made me book the flights.

DID YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT BEING AWAY FROM WORK FOR SO LONG?

Honestly, my management was really supportive so I had no concerns about being away from work. It was booked in advance so it allowed me to ensure I had all aspects of my work covered by others in my team.

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HOW DID IT FEEL (HONESTLY!) TO COME BACK?

While I could have spent forever touring the USA and probably on a cruise ship visiting more of the Caribbean, it was nice to eventually get back into some routine. After a month off, I was refreshed and ready to start back into work, so coming back was just fine.

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