My move to Tokyo


Georgia Whiting was ready for a new challenge when she made the decision to move to our Tokyo office in 2015. She talks about life in this bustling city, the culture in our Tokyo office, and what makes Japan such a unique recruitment market.

What interested you in Japan?

"I really wanted to move somewhere that was culturally different and where I would be pushed out of my comfort zone. Japan is just such a phenomenal place, it’s full of variety and there’s so much to do here. It was also a great opportunity to work within our most profitable business.

How did the company support your move?

The business was great, putting me in touch with the Japanese team so I could get an understanding of which division I might like to move into, as well as where the business needed me. In terms of logistical support, they helped me with all of the standard things like organising flights and securing visas. From when I first spoke to my manager, I received an offer very quickly, and then the business was quite flexible in giving me the time to get everything in order before leaving. It’s a very well-rehearsed, smooth process.

What are some of the best things about living in Japan?

It’s extremely welcoming and is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. From bustling Tokyo, to the old capital of Kyoto, from Mount Fuji, to the cherry blossoms and temples, there’s so much to do and see here. It’s fantastic to immerse yourself in a culture that is completely different from home. Also the food is outstanding; the Japanese take so much pride in what they do that even the cheapest places will have the best quality produce and tastiest food.

Describe the recruitment market in Japan

It’s quite an immature market so although competitive, the job flow is steady and there’s good consistency in terms of getting roles in. Businesses are much more willing to partner with you, which makes the process of recruiting more rewarding for me. As it’s a candidate short market fees tend to be higher, so you can make very good money.

What’s it like working in the Tokyo office?

Japan is quite unique in that there are lots of expats. It’s very international and we have people here from all over the world. It’s also worth noting that it’s a requirement to speak English to work in the Tokyo office so there’s no need to be concerned about language barriers. It’s a very social office, and the people are extremely warm and friendly. They make a real effort to take you out - every Friday we go for drinks without fail. I think that’s great if you’re moving here by yourself as you’ll have a set of friends immediately.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working abroad?

Do your research before you go to make sure it’s the right move, but if you want to develop and progress in your career, it’s always helpful to have international experience. It’s a great way to develop your skill set and it helps you to grow as a person. It’s also an opportunity to see the world and travel."

From Mount Fuji, to cherry blossoms and temples, Japan is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. There’s so much to do and see.


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