Hanah Sage | Secondment & Relocation

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What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

I was working for Nerine in Hong Kong when the company was acquired by PraxisIFM in 2018. I had expressed my intention to move to the UK so I could join my husband and luckily I was offered the opportunity to move with the Group to the London office.

I have worked in the offshore industry for more than eight years and the transition to an onshore jurisdiction, such as London was a daunting yet very exciting thought for me. At the time, it was almost incomprehensible as I have never imagined that I would move across the world to start a new chapter in my life, both personally and professionally.

When I learned more about the role I was about to take on at PraxisIFM, I knew that it was the perfect role to progress my career further in the private client space.

My career has developed since my relocation, and I was promoted to Assistant Manager in November 2020.

What’s it like to work in London?

Working in London has been great so far, my colleagues have been very helpful in giving me tips and advice on how to adapt to the working culture and lifestyle in London. I feel that London has a good sense of balance in meeting the demands that our jobs require but at the same time maintaining a good quality of life outside of work which is very important for every employee, in my personal opinion.

Adjusting to the pace of life in London was not as overwhelming as I thought it would be. The pace is somewhat the same to Hong Kong. The biggest adjustments for me were the weather, my craving for Asian food, and transportation to be honest!

What does a typical day look like in your role?

My day usually starts with a good cup of coffee and it usually ends with more coffee. Kidding aside, everyday is a busy day for me. I am currently working on different complex structures, most of which have different natures compared to the type of structures I used to work on back in Asia. This presents a great deal of challenge in a very positive way as I get to learn something new about my role everyday.

On a daily basis, my work begins with checking of emails followed by dealing with ongoing client administration, processing of on-boarding clients and simultaneously completing and following internal Group procedures. Being able to balance these require great efficiency which is a daily objective for me.

What do you do in your spare time?

My spare time is usually spent being a homemaker – I didn’t realise how hard this role was until I became a wife! Everyday, I video call my mum on my way to work to update her with my London chronicles (this will probably require another page!). And I love baking. Now that we have moved into a bigger office with more colleagues, I have them to bake for.

Since London is now my new home, I’d love to explore the city more during my spare time, its vibrant culture, theatres, museums and to go out for more walks. There is so much to look forward to and to explore in this vibrant city, I can’t wait!

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