I'd like to introduce myself to this forum. I've been reading through it for the past few days, and have really learned some substantial things about Singapore. I'm an American, currently living in Germany. I have lived and worked in Wisconsin, New York City, and Honolulu (most recently), and am considering a move to Singapore at the end of my MBA program in Dec. 2007 (I'm currently an MBA student here in Berlin).
I am planning to move for both personal and professional reasons. My long-term goal is to start a company once I gain enough relevant experience, and the numbers tell me that Singapore has suitable conditions to operate a business. It is also a suitable place to work, purely looking at the immigration and economic statistics.
I have a few friends there, but I thought it would be helpful to ask some of you folks for your input. Specifically, what would you recommend I really focus on to differentiate myself from the Singaporean graduates? What do companies there look for in applicants? I understand experience is fairly highly regarded (although that's important everywhere). I'm young for an MBA student (24; the average age in my school is 31), but I've a few years of solid experience, mainly in IT management (but also in media/music). My undergraduate degree is from the most competitive school in the US. I am here in b-school to shift my focus to logistics, and plan to work in operations management (I'm studying in Europe to learn more about how business is done here).
Thank you in advance for your time. I'd appreciate any constructive recommendations on my future direction, as I'm now in school to build skills for my continued career!