When it comes to moving to the other side of the world, having the right support is just as important as finding the right opportunity. Niroshika, a legal professional making her move from Sydney to London, can attest to this. When Robert Kruger, a Robert Walters consultant based in Sydney, came across Niro’s profile in 2019, he instantly saw her potential. After hearing about her ambitions to move to London/Europe, he knew exactly who to introduce Niro to – Aleisha Murray.
Aleisha, based in Robert Walters’ legal division in London, happened to be visiting Sydney. She organised a casual coffee introduction to explore how she could support Niro in her career ambitions.
At that time Niro was working in a contract role at the Australian Olympic Committee, leading on brand protection, marketing, and games preparation. During their initial meeting, Niro expressed her plans to relocate to London at the end of 2020, in the hope of finding a more senior role with greater international scope. Taking the time to understand Niro’s career ambitions, Aleisha set the wheels in motion for finding her a role well worth moving for.
Frustratingly, the pandemic's impact on international travel, borders and the job market in 2020 put Niro's plans to move to London on hold until Australia opened its borders and companies were more willing to sponsor her relocation.
Despite the chaos of the pandemic years, Aleisha and Niro stayed connected. Knowing the value of maintaining long-term partnerships, Niro was certainly not forgotten. Aleisha stayed updated on whether her long-term goal was still to relocate to London/Europe. Conversely, Aleisha acted as an ear on the ground, keeping Niro in the loop about the conditions of London’s job market.
‘’In January 2022, when it seemed like travel to and from Australia was resuming, and the international job market was opening up, I got in touch with Aleisha to start the job search, and by the end of August 2022, I had landed in London and started my new role’’ says Niro.
Thanks to her wealth of experience in the realm of relocation, Niro felt supported by Aleisha every step of the way. The time Aleisha took to get to know Niro was key in knowing that she could trust her to find the right role and team to move into.
‘’From interview prep to post-interview debrief, Aleisha and the Robert Walters team were generous with their time and honest about prospects, feedback, and the work culture related to the role I’d be interviewing for.”
“When I had questions, whether big or small, Aleisha or the team would get back to me with answers as quickly as possible’’ says Niro, reflecting a commitment to keeping her fully informed throughout the recruitment process.
Thanks to a winning combination of an international network and the trusting partnership that Aleisha and Niro have formed, the right opportunity was just around the corner. Robert Walters was able to place Niro in a Senior Legal Counsel role in London that ticked all the boxes, making her ambitions to relocate a reality. The role had the right opportunities for professional development and a great team culture that suited Niro.
‘’The thing that makes working with Robert Walters and Aleisha as a recruiter different is their friendly, approachable attitude and genuine interest in finding the right next step in a person's career. It's not about finding the next job that'll do; it's about finding the perfect match between candidate and employer.’’
Securing an opportunity worth moving across the world for can be a monumental task. However, as Niro's story illustrates, the right partnership can make all the difference.
‘’I wouldn't be here in London, living my best life, enjoying my job and exploring Europe, if it weren't for the enthusiasm, interest and support from Robert Walters.’’
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