Singapore continues to grow as a global hub for professionals looking for work. Thousands of multinational organisations have regional bases in Singapore, and IQPC is no exception.
However, I was curious to uncover what makes Singapore ‘tick’, what’s it really like to live and work there and what’s unique about the opportunities it provides for individuals personally and professionally.
I chatted to a handful of staff in IQPC’s Singapore office and thoroughly enjoyed the discussions. Here, I share what I learned…
Weather, Travel and Low Taxes – A Winning Combination Lah!
One of the threads that came up in all of my conversations was how fantastic Singapore is as a place to live on a personal and social level. With many of the staff in the Singapore office commenting on how much the weather, the travel opportunities and the low taxes were a personal choice for them.
Andrew Davis, Senior Conference Producer loves living in Singapore, “I have loved learning about the rich culture and history of Singapore, lah!”
Peter Luong, Delegate Sales Director, added “one of my favourite things about living in Singapore is the accessibility to the rest of Asia! It’s only a two hour flight to Phuket & Vietnam, and four to Hong Kong, the Philippines and Bali. Every time I need time to relax, I will spend the weekend at one of these destinations!”
Another member of the office, from the sponsorship team (who re-located from England) shared, “I love the weather. I wake up every day and think I’m on holiday. I still feel this way and it’s been over 4 years since I arrived!” In addition he added, “If you are into travelling, you will not be disappointed. It’s also a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life in London, NY, Sydney etc. Clean living, always hot, what better place.”
Its Vibrant here!
I couldn’t help but notice, in all my discussions, that nearly every person used the word ‘vibrant’ to describe the experience of living and working in Singapore. This really sums up Singapore’s ‘brand’ but also its opportunities. Joshua Lim, Deputy Divisional Director in Singapore validated this by saying, “The Asian market has so many dynamic and career opportunities as there is so much development here and markets are growing substantially and quickly.”
Melissa Leong, Conference Producer (and born and bred Singaporean) added, “Singapore is not only home but it’s also a very vibrant city that is truly global in every way. With this stability and its location in a rapidly growing Asia, the opportunities for development in various sectors are endless.”
As we all know, Asia is a booming economy with lots of potential especially with emerging markets like Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia. The vibrancy that correlates to this opportunity, this change and this potential is almost tangible when you talk to the staff working in this office.
Andrew Yau, Delegate Sales Manager who located to our Singapore office only a few months ago also commented, “The big differentiator here (as opposed to Europe) is that prospects are buzzing and everything’s growing. The mood is vibrant and it feels like you are part of a success story. It’s really exciting to be here at this time. “
Work and Play
As I contemplated all of the responses from the wider team about working in Singapore I was heartened by the absolute support of the office culture and how engaged the team were in what they were trying to achieve.
Joshua Lim highlighted the importance of acceptance in the Singapore office culture explaining,” The office culture really helps to set you up – esp. if you are new to Singapore. It’s really supportive and you very quickly feel like part of a family. You are welcomed and accepted right from day one.”
This was further supported by Andrew Yau who, as one of the most newly relocated members of the office, appreciated his welcome into this office, “The environment in the IQPC Singapore office truly is like one big family. Everything here is done on a meritocracy and that’s really important to me. It’s a very Singapore but also very IQPC trait and value. There are always opportunities here for high performers.”
Like all IQPC offices globally, IQPC Singapore is a very results driven environment, and everything is fast paced. However this is coupled with a strong team dynamic where departments work collectively to deliver successful events. Andrew Yau backed this up by saying, “In order to succeed at IQPC you need tenacity and ambition. We are a really fast moving office and you need to have energy and passion for what you do. Doing business within an Asian marketplace can be a cultural shock but it’s so rewarding if you live and breathe it. The Opportunity really is there – you just have to grasp it with both hands.”
It seems like the office is onto a winner and Melissa Leong couldn’t have summarised it better when she said, “the positivity (in this office) is very infectious.”
Come here now!
…were the words Joshua Lim smiled and said when asked what advice he would offer to anyone considering a move to Singapore! It certainly seems like the staff in IQPC Singapore are incredibly supportive and protective of their working environment and 100% believe in the journey the office is taking. Andrew Davis added, “IQPC Singapore is a true “global” office” and this multi-cultural environment is certainly something that all the staff in the office enjoy and respect.
However, my final words come from Peter Luong who really summed up the vibe and opportunity working in IQPC Singapore presents. Peter moved from IQPC Sydney to IQPC Singapore and has embraced the change and everything it presented to him. He said, “It’s a big change, and you really have to keep your mind open and absorb as much as possible every day. There is a really great team here to support you through every step of the way.”
It was such a pleasure to chat to the team in the Singapore office and I thank them all for their time and honesty. Check out the Singapore office here.
Alternatively – if living and working in Singapore is something that excites and interests you – you might like to look at our latest jobs listings to see the two production roles available in Singapore.