I can hardly believe it, but it has been almost two weeks since I packed my (two oversized duffel) bags and left snowy Toronto for sunny Singapore. The first few days have been a total whirlwind of getting set up, trying to re-orient myself around the city and learning about my new role in Singapore.
As some may know, I had the opportunity to live in Singapore as an exchange student in 2011 (I can’t believe it has been 8 years since I graduated). During my time, I fell in love with the city and the region. South East Asia is at an incredible inflection point, nestled between two economic growth powerhouses – China and India. Singapore is an amazing city – it’s clean, efficient, innovative, beautiful, and heavy-handed public policies make it easy and safe to live here as an expat. I always knew that I wanted to come back.
When Accenture approached me about a new role in Singapore, I saw it both as both a personal development opportunity (could I move abroad alone?) and an opportunity to help me grow in my career (could I make it in a new city?)
As I wrap up my first week of work, I am reflecting that the experience (so far!) has been exactly what I hoped it would be. At work, I have already had the opportunity to help shape some research Accenture is leading on disruption in South East Asia (stay tuned!), meet with clients to discuss their digital innovation agendas and work with our local recruiting team on bringing in new talent to our office. Outside of work, I have had some fun navigating all sorts of “life admin” items such as getting my visa sorted, setting up a bank account and cell phone, finding and furnishing an apartment (in progress!), exploring the city and meeting new people.
I am excited for my journey here to begin! Follow along for my adventures and observations of living and working in Singapore.