Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Jake Willis; Now Managing Director of London Shared, a UK-Based Asset Management Company, Jake Willis Has Been Working Abroad for Eight Years. His Company Specialises in Shared Accommodation for Young Professionals from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Jake Willis; Now Managing Director of London Shared, a UK-Based Asset Management Company, Jake Willis Has Been Working Abroad for Eight Years. His Company Specialises in Shared Accommodation for Young Professionals from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK

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What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

Like many Kiwis, after university I wanted to see more of the world and rather than just going to Australia, like some of my friends, I decided if I was going to leave my home country it would be to experience a culture that was unknown to me. I was fresh out of university when I first came to England so I didn't have a firm career plan. After a few years I got an opportunity to work in property. I'd studied hospitality management so always assumed I'd end up doing that kind of work.

How are your experiences overseas shaping your understanding of New Zealand?

My business means I quite often meet the "before" and "after" version of travelling New Zealanders. One day I'll rent a room to a Kiwi couple who have just arrived and are embarking on their career. The next day I'll meet another couple who've been here for 10 years and are looking for someone to take care of their property so they can emigrate home to start a family. …

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