Known for clean streets and disciplinarian police, Singapore is often cited as a model of civic governance. But what is it like for someone looking to make a career there?
Singapore is a tiny island republic off the southern tip of Malaysia. Since independence in 1963, it has become one of the world’s richest nations, with the third highest GDP per capita in the world (just behind Qatar and Luxembourg). In that time, though, it’s only had one party in government and three Prime Ministers, two of whom were father and son. And yet despite its authoritarian government,
New York is often cited as the #1 place to work in the world. But what is it actually like to up sticks and move to the Big Apple? Marielle Legair, who made the move from London to work as a Public Relations Manager for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, bang in mid-town Manhattan, tells us.
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“Surreal. I arrived in November 2012, a week after Hurricane Sandy. I just managed to miss that, thankfully. The city was badly damaged. It still feels strange at times, even a year
A lot of people try sales at some point; not all of them stick it. But even if you find you aren’t a born salesperson, you’ll still learn some incredibly valuable skills that can set you up for other industries.
A spell in sales isn’t working out for you? Don’t worry. Most career decisions – even the ones that don’t go so well – teach you something. The important thing is to work out what you learned and what it tells you about where you are happiest and most effective at work.
Where’s the best place to start a business? Where all the other people starting businesses are, of course…
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In the old days, industries grew up around sources of raw materials, drawing in expertise and workers. The same is true in Silicon Valley, only the raw materials there are computing graduates. Home to Stanford University and generations of businesses started by its alumni, Silicon Valley is proof that success breeds success.
It doesn’t matter how great your idea, if you want to grow your business it means that at some point you’re going to need help from someone with deep pockets and a big contacts book. Finding the right angel investor is critical.
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Unlike venture capitalists, which use their clients’ money to buy into growing or established businesses, angel investors usually put their own cash into start-ups. Typically, they invest between £25,000 and £100,000 in a company, but sometimes it is much more.