The WORLD is their oys­ter

Ev­ery won­dered if you should try your luck work­ing abroad? We spoke to three women who made vastly dif­fer­ent de­ci­sions to see what they’ve learnt from their ex­pe­ri­ences.

CLEO (Singapore) - - SMART REPORT - MELISSA CHUA

I’ve been work­ing for slightly over six years now, but never in one place for too long. Be­fore work­ing in my cur­rent job, I was in pub­lish­ing, and be­fore that, bank­ing.

29, has been work­ing in Sin­ga­pore since grad­u­at­ing from uni­ver­sity. She cur­rently does brand­ing and con­tent strat­egy.

Un­like most of my peers, I took the wind­ing road to where I am to­day. I lacked the ca­reer-mind­ed­ness or clear sense of direc­tion that would have been re­quired to climb the cor­po­rate lad­der. In fact, I was still try­ing to fig­ure out which lad­der I even wanted to be on.

While most would make some lifestyle changes when faced with ex­is­ten­tial crises, I chose to face my un­cer­tain­ties head-on. I re­alised that be­ing in a strange land, sur­rounded by strange peo­ple, wouldn’t help me fig­ure out what to do with my life. I didn’t need dis­trac­tions, but clear direc­tion.

In short, work­ing over­seas couldn’t have cured what ailed me, so I chose to stay in Sin­ga­pore. What Sin­ga­pore of­fers is an emo­tional sup­port sys­tem, free hous­ing and laun­dry ser­vices (if you still stay with your par­ents, that is), and (marginally more) free­dom from the ca­sual racism or sex­ism that gets thrown around so readily in other parts of the world.

Of course, I would con­sider work­ing over­seas if the of­fer was at­trac­tive enough. But be­fore I do that, I want to make sure I get to call the shots when it comes to my pack­age. And so I need to build enough ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in my field, which will re­quire a bit more time.”

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