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Sunday September 22nd 2019

45-year-old Singaporean migrated to Melbourne but thinking of returning home due to friends and family

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed online Daniel, describe abit about yourself e.g. personal particulars, educational qualification, work experience, etc.

Daniel: I am aged 45, graduated from Dundee university in 2000 with BEng (Hons) EEE.

When I was in Singapore, I used to work for Fujitsu in a data centre and Alstom transport for the north east line-subway.

However, I ended up driving taxi for about 8 years and doing IT support for freelance.

Where are you living now and why did you chose that location?

I am living in Melbourne now as my wife is Australian.

Did you face any adjustment problem initially when you make the move? Any regrets so far?

No issues with adjusting to life here partly because I used to study overseas in the UK.

How is the family coping currently? Are they happy or do they want to move back to
Singapore?

I do not have any children so it’s not an issue but for me, I do sometimes think of going home for retirement.

What precious lessons did you learn from living abroad? Will you do it again if given the choice?

I learnt that Singaporean has to see the world for himself instead of cooping up in Singapore. Singaporeans also need to be less arrogant and stay humble.

Was it difficult to get jobs while staying abroad? Describe your job search experience and how different it is from Singapore.

I applied my IT contractor job through seek.com.au in 2016, I got the job in less than a month partly because the company has high turnover of IT contractors. So far so good and I am actively looking for other jobs, not related to IT.

Do you want to return to Singapore eventually or prefer to settle down in your new
place permanently?

Frankly, if the condition of the economy permit, I will want to come back because my family and friends are in Singapore.

What are your main reasons for wanting to move overseas?

I met my current wife from Australia.

What are your advice for those Singaporean migrants who have newly move abroad?

Stay open minded on people and things, and mingle with the locals.

Any last words from you?

For job seeking, frankly, it’s the same everywhere although they say Oz doesn’t discriminate against age but it’s still a factor. This is my observation. When I first came to Melbourne, I started working as a domestic cleaner until I got the IT contractor job.

Work experience is also a factor, but if you know the locals well, you can easily get a job through word of mouth.

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