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.
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.”