Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: A Career by Degrees; Carolyn Smith Is GM of China's Westin Guangzhou

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: A Career by Degrees; Carolyn Smith Is GM of China's Westin Guangzhou

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What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

When I started work in my first Auckland hotel I didn't intend to have an international career. My three children had all reached school age and I was gathering ideas as to what type of career I would enjoy.

Over the next 17 years I developed my passion for the hospitality industry, my career gathered momentum, I gained my university degree and, with my children grown up and living overseas, took the opportunity to transfer to Sydney in 2003.

At the time the decision wasn't too difficult as my plan was to remain in Sydney for maybe two years and then return to New Zealand. Nine years later here I am living an amazing life in China and New Zealand is feeling rather remote.

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

Travelling and living in a different culture has broadened my view of the world and opened my eyes to the hardship people experience in their lives. …

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