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Ep166: Working in Malaysia vs Singapore. The pros and cons.

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses the pros and cons of working in Singapore or Malaysia. It highlights the abundant opportunities and flexibility in Malaysia, while in Singapore, the broad exposure and expertise gained, as well as the high quality of work expected. 

 

Highlights

0:20 📅 “Are you currently deciding between working in Singapore or Malaysia?”

1:53 📈 The biggest pro of working in Malaysia is the abundance of opportunities available in different types of companies and locations.

3:37 💼 The lack of talent in Malaysia means that good talent has multiple opportunities for career growth and higher salaries.

5:00 💰 Malaysia offers the possibility of a big salary increment when changing jobs due to the lack of talent.

7:36 🌍 The biggest con of working in Malaysia is the limited regional and global opportunities compared to Singapore.

10:56 🌟 The biggest pro of working in Singapore is the broad exposure and expertise gained from working in regional and global offices.

13:40 🏢 The quality of work is highly valued in Singapore, and employees are expected to work efficiently and effectively.

16:12 ⚙️ The fast-paced environment and direct communication style in Singapore may create stress and overwhelm for some individuals.

 

Key Insights

1️⃣ Malaysia offers abundant opportunities and flexibility, allowing individuals to choose the type of company and location that fits their goals and requirements. This provides a strong foundation for career growth.

2️⃣ The lack of talent in Malaysia presents an advantage for skilled individuals, as companies are willing to offer higher salaries and opportunities for career advancement. This can lead to significant salary increments when changing jobs.

3️⃣ The limited regional and global opportunities in Malaysia may hinder individuals with ambitious career goals, as top-level positions are usually based overseas. However, Malaysia provides flexibility and the potential for achieving high salaries and income faster compared to working overseas.

4️⃣ Working in Singapore offers the opportunity for broad exposure and expertise by being part of regional and global offices of big-name brands. This allows individuals to work on high-level projects and gain valuable experience for future career success.

5️⃣ The quality of work is highly valued in Singapore, and employees are expected to work efficiently and effectively. This requires a strong mindset and skill set focused on productivity and delivering high-quality output.

6️⃣ The fast-paced environment and direct communication style in Singapore may be challenging for individuals who are not used to it. However, with the right skills and mindset, these challenges can be overcome, and individuals can thrive in the Singaporean working culture.

7️⃣ Personal growth and value come from continuous improvement and preparation. Regardless of the country or company chosen, individuals should focus on developing their skills, mindset, and value to ensure long-term career success.

 

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