Contact Singapore - Exciting Career Opportunities Open Up in Singapore

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Contact Singapore will be organizing two major career events to Australian and Australia-based talent in the months of September and October.

Contact Singapore will be organizing two major career events in the months of September and October. These events will introduce exciting career opportunities to Australian and Australia-based talent, interested in working and living in Singapore, in the key sectors of biomedical sciences & healthcare services; financial and professional services; and engineering and technology.

The events are:

1. eCareers Fair, 1 to 30 September 2008
This innovative web-based platform will enable working professionals to meet and chat online with Singapore-based employers. Through this platform, individuals can post questions, participate in "virtual" interviews and "meet" with potential employers. The eCareers fair will be on from 1 to 30 September with each week dedicated to a different industry. Interested participants can log on to http://www.contactsingapore.sg/ecareers to find out more about the participating companies and chat schedules.

2. Careers@Singapore: Melbourne, 3 October 2008
This will be a major career event where over 15 Singapore-based companies will be present to meet and hire qualified individuals keen on working and living in Singapore's key industries. This will be held on Friday, 3 October, 4:30pm to 8:30pm at The Telstra Dome in Melbourne. Interested participants can log on to http://www.contactsingapore.sg/careers_Singapore for more information.

Singapore's economy has grown by 7.7% in 2007 and the outlook for 2008 is positive, with a projected growth rate of 4 to 6%. For the past two decades, Singapore has experienced rapid and sustained economic growth with the economy expanding steadily by 7.56% per annum on average. Singapore is also actively growing its industry clusters especially key ones such as engineering and manufacturing and financial services, as well as new growth sectors such as clean technology, biomedical sciences and info-communications and digital media.

Ranked one of the most livable places in Asia for its excellent infrastructure, and facilities, cosmopolitan society, low crime rate, socio-political stability and favorable climate, Singapore has long been a magnet for global talent. Situated at the crossroads of Asia, between the booming economies of China and India, it is the location for a rewarding career and to gain a deep understanding of Asia, in an international environment. Moreover, the city-state's openness to talent is fabled, resulting in a highly cosmopolitan society. With the many growth industries, talented individuals have no lack of career opportunities there.

In the areas of biomedical sciences & healthcare, Singapore is rapidly growing as the Biopolis of Asia, with world-class capabilities being built across the entire value chain, from basic research, clinical development, product and process development, manufacturing to healthcare services. As one of the strategic manufacturing sites of the biomedical sciences industry, Singapore currently hosts 6 of the top 10 pharmaceutical conglomerates, key industry players and a growing base of medical technology companies.

In addition, Singapore is renowned for its excellent healthcare services sector which is boosted by the influx of specialist doctors that have enhanced our medical offerings and operational effectiveness, and of international patients seeking our medical expertise. Researchers, scientists as well as medical officers, allied health professionals are highly sought after by Singapore-based biomedical sciences companies and healthcare providers respectively. Participating companies include: the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Institute of Medical Biology, Ministry of Health, National Healthcare Group, the National University of Singapore's Medical Faculty and Singhealth Services.

In the areas of Engineering & Technology, Singapore offers a wide array of career opportunities due to the strong manufacturing base it has built up over the years. The manufacturing sector contributes to a quarter to the city-state's GDP, focusing on high-value, high-tech, innovation- and capital-intensive activities. The key pillars of Singapore's manufacturing industry includes sectors such as electronics, chemicals, aerospace, marine and precision engineering. The Economic Development Board has in recent years, also set about growing exciting new industries such as clean technology, environment & water technology and info-communications and media. As these companies in Singapore continue to create and manage new markets, products, technologies, top engineering talent in all disciplines are needed to fuel these industries. Participating employers include: the Singapore Economic Development Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority and Vestas Singapore.

Singapore's reputation as a leading International Financial Centre is well-known, with many of the world's largest and most reputable financial institutions having operations here. Home to more than 600 multinational financial institutions, the financial services industry accounted for more than 12% of Singapore's GDP in 2007. As a thriving international financial centre serving not just the region but also global clients, Singapore's financial sector grew by a phenomenal 16.9% in 2007. The industry is growing in many diversified areas, ranging from wealth and asset management to equity, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets to reinsurance and captive insurance. The total assets of financial institutions based in Singapore amounted to S$1.9 trillion by end 2007.

In addition, Singapore also has a thriving professional services sector. It is home to home to 17 of the world's top 20 largest consulting firms. Regional practice leaders based here offer expertise as well as develop and roll-out solutions to the region and beyond. Singapore also hosts an extensive repertoire of top global management and human resource consultancies, market research and advertising agencies as well as legal and intellectual property management services firms. These two sectors are looking for highly qualified individuals who are keen to work in a dynamic and regional environment. Participating companies include: ANZ Bank, Asia Capital Reinsurance, CapitaLand, Far East Organization, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Oaktree Consultants, and Watson Wyatt.

Contact Singapore has recently set up a permanent office in Sydney, which will augment the work of the organization's headquarters in Singapore by reaching out and interacting directly with talent in Australia, ranging from graduating students to working professionals. Those interested in job opportunities in Singapore can also log on to http://www.contactsingapore.sg/jobs to search for jobs in Singapore spanning from the technology to financial sectors, and post their resumes online. This new job portal is managed by Contact Singapore, in collaboration with economic promotion agencies and key employers in Singapore.

About Contact Singapore:
Contact Singapore is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. It aims to attract global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore.

With offices in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, Contact Singapore is the one-stop centre for those who wish to pursue a rewarding career in Singapore, as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs who are keen to invest in or initiate new business activities here. Contact Singapore actively links Singapore-based employers with global talent and provides updates on career opportunities and industry developments in Singapore. We work with private sector partners to facilitate the interests of potential individual investors in Singapore.

For more information on working, investing and living in Singapore, please visit http://www.contactsingapore.sg

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