Who this guide is for
Those who are going to move overseas to work in tech in Singapore for the first time
Who this guide is not for
Those who have not yet found a job in Singapore
Note: This guide is meant to be a general overview of living and working in Singapore. The information may be subject to change and is not expert advice. It has also been reviewed by fellow friends working and living in Singapore that work in tech.
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You’re most likely about to pick up your life and move to Singapore (or you’re already on your way to doing this). Or better yet, if you’re already living here, even better! I grew up in sunny Los Angeles, but moved to San Francisco for school and work—I later found myself drawn to community management and programs in tech, most notably working for Google, OmniSci (startup), and now Stripe. Throughout the past few years, I felt that life was and should be bigger than the Silicon Valley bubble I was living in so I decided to shake my life up.
In January 2020, I made my way to Singapore on a tourist pass, networked and scrambled to find a job that would give me an employment pass, landed a role in tech media, and then later made my way into another role in fintech. During the pandemic, I started a YouTube channel called The Fang Girl to document my life and adventures here—funnily enough, many people related to my story, wanted to learn more, and I I started getting emails and DMs from people living in Singapore and all around the world.
Many of those who reached out have also become some of my best friends here. Utilizing my community management background, I decided to start a women’s community called Asian Wander Women (AWW) that currently has hubs in San Francisco, New York, Taipei, and Singapore. I’ve also built up my own social community in Singapore, bringing like-minded friends together over a good meal and intersecting interests.
This guide is aimed to well-equip you for success on how to set up your new life here while working in the tech space, as well as make the best out of our time and making meaningful connections so no matter where you are in the future, you have friends all around the world.