Our Sidekick community is made up of people from all walks of life. Their backgrounds, their passions and their stories are part of what makes them so good at what they do. Saibal is our most prolific Sidekick, having completed more then 256 shifts in Auckland to date. When he’s not looking after his two daughters, he’s using Sidekicker as a way to further his career.
Where Were You Working Before You Started Sidekicking?
I used to manage operations in one of the biggest chains of cinemas in India before I came to Auckland.
Upon arriving in NZ, the best thing that happened to me was Sidekicker. My interests include event management and hospitality. I have been exposed to the biggest events and concerts working as a Sidekick. I couldn’t ask for anything better as I was new to the country and Sidekicker gave me a great platform to do what I love and exposed me to exactly what I wanted to do.
What Was Your First Sidekicking Gig?
My first Sidekicker job was at The Trusts Arena for an event pack down. Now I am a favourite Sidekick at Trusts Arena. They bring me in for all of their events and functions.
That one late night shift was the first step to over 250 shifts. I couldn’t believe it when I was recently recognised by HQ at their Sidekick party! I was gifted with goodies, a Sidekicker branded T-shirt and a Certificate. That was so satisfying for me. Thank you Sidekicker!
Coolest Thing You’ve Done At Sidekicker?
Be my own boss. I can pick up jobs if I want, and I don’t have to apply for them if I need to look after my family. Having done so many shifts, sometimes I get to manage the clients’ own employees which is really fulfilling.
What Do You Hope To Do In The Future?
I am operations specialist and I would love to do professional management in an operations company and then perhaps even own my own business. I have two beautiful daughters – 5 and 8 years old and my dream for them would be to take over a business I have built – once they graduate, of course.
What Did You Want To Be When You Were Younger?
I always wanted to be in the creative and cultural field. Initially, I wanted to be a singer but ended up seeing more success in hotel management – I still get to sing whenever I like.
What’s One Piece Of Advice You’d Give To Someone Who Wants To Be A Sidekick?
Be quick when applying for jobs – make sure you have the app on your phone. Make sure you treat every single shift like the first one with the same enthusiasm and attitude.
Why Do You Love What You Do?
The best thing at Sidekicker is that every single day is a new day. You have so many choices of clients that every shift is a learning experience in itself. I really love the choice – much better than a monotonous day job!