Worked overseas, works here now
I moved to LA when I was 18 and lived there for eight years.
32, worked in LA for a few years before moving back here. She’s currently an
My dad used to work in the US for six months of the year, so he suggested I move there to finish school (at the ArtCenter College of Design) and gain a different experience.
I started out in the advertising industry and am still in the same field. What struck me about working in LA was that I got to work with people from many different nationalities. The work culture there is a lot more open, and the people aren’t afraid of conflict. They’d rather bring any disagreements out in the open and sort things out face-to-face than let things slide or simmer down.
They’re also more open to forming close relationships by sharing about their personal lives and holding house parties. It’s common for colleagues to get to know one another’s partners well. However, there are also a lot more all-nighters there than there are here, at least in my industry.
When I first moved back to Singapore a couple of years ago, I had a bit of a culture shock. I found that some of my colleagues weren’t as open and genuine, and that the conversations with my coworkers in LA were more meaningful. Complaining about other people seems
“Complaining about other people seems to be a favourite pastime here.”
to be a favourite pastime here.
I decided to move back here because I wanted to be closer to family, and I’ve been very happy being back. Seeing Singapore with a new lens has made me appreciate it a lot more. I’d love to work overseas again, but not anytime soon.”