We'll be having a tele-conference amongst our volunteers to discuss what we can do for the SingaporeConnect table at the National Day tea on Sept 14, tomorrow night (Sept 5, 10 pm). If you are interested in discussing, not necessarily even commiting to volunteering, but at least interested enough to join in on the call, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the call-in details.
Also, we have some interest from members in having the Mid-Autumn event. Please email if you are able to help host the event or know of someone or some place that can be suitable.
Finally, something novel, perhaps? As you know, Contact Singapore's mission is to help find jobs for foreigners and Singaporeans alike in Singapore. In particular, they are very keen on overseas Singaporeans who are looking for or even thinking of the possibility of career opportunities back home, and have always been putting in extra effort to help make sure that such opportunities can be made known or any "match-making" assistance given. One such effort is this virtual career fair, apparently quite "exclusive", which is described in their email flyer below. [ do note that it is in the Singapore time zone ]
Virtual Career Fair for Overseas Singaporeans on Oct 23 ‘13
Welcome to the first-ever online career fair that allows you to explore the many career opportunities back home in Singapore. This exclusive online career fair, specially for overseas Singaporeans like you, brings together brand name employers from a gamut of industries offering numerous job openings. You can also interact with these employers during the live chat time slots.
Employers that are hiring include:
· Singapore EDB
· Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, IDA
· ABB Pte Ltd
· Worley Parsons
· Standard Chartered
Time: 9am to 9pm (+8 GMT)
Sign up at: http://www.contactsingapore.sg/OS/VCF2013
About Contact Singapore
Contact Singapore is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. We engage overseas Singaporeans and global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore. Contact Singapore actively links Singapore-based employers with professionals to support the growth of our key industries. We work with investors to realise their business and investment interests in Singapore.
For information on working, investing and living in Singapore, please visit www.contactsingapore.sg
For queries, please email email@example.com
It is refreshing to be part of so much activity; we have had many new members join this year, bringing the total membership to 258!
SingaporeConnect National Day Celebration Photos
This web page has been updated with links to the photos for our recent events, including the very successful National Day Celebrations last month.
Singapore Consulate-General National Day Celebration Tea
There's another celebration coming up on Sept 14, organised by the Singapore Consulate-General. This event is later in year due to the transition to a new Consulate-General for San Francisco. Please note the RSVP deadline to the Consulate as described on http://singaporeconnect.org/item/459229 is this Friday (Sept 6).
SingaporeConnect booth at the Celebrations
SingaporeConnect will be having a "table/booth" at the event, to help promote ourselves to the attendees. We have some fun ideas for this table, and we seek creative volunteers to join us in pulling this off. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Sept 19)
Would you be interested to see such an event? It would be around Sept 19, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Please email us if you have a venue suggestion that you think would work well for such an event. Perhaps you might know of a park or community area that you have the ability to help book or perhaps you can help host the event in part.
Welcome NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) students
There are 33 new students in town! They are juniors from NTU and will be attending classes at UC Berkeley for the next year. Unlike the NUSEA student group, these students are not working here, they are more like full-time students. However, part of their mission is to get to know the SF Bay Area and what makes it so successful. Indeed, their have been exhorted not just to learn by studying, but by having fun experiencing the Silicon Valley culture. SingaporeConnect will be a great resource for these students to make contact with Singaporeans living and working here. We will be sure to engage with them. Please share with us your ideas on opportunities for these very fortunate students.
Dear Members, SingaporeConnect would like to share with you this NTU-Alumni Association-West (of USA) event in the Bay Area. Please RSVP per the email flyer below.
NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) Mixer
Date: 24th August 2013
Time: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Venue: Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
We would like to invite you to join us in this event to welcome the REP students from NTU. They will be attached to Berkeley for a year starting in August 2013, and therefore to help them integrate into the local environment, we would like to get them connected to you for support.
Please RSVP by email email@example.com no later than 22nd August, 2013 and let us know how many people will be joining us for the event.
We look forward to seeing you.
NTU REP and NTU AA USA-West
For more information on REP, http://www.ntu.edu.sg/REP/Pages/default.aspx
SingaporeConnect is pleased to forward you this message from the Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco to our Singaporean members.
Dear fellow Singaporeans,
The Singapore Consulate-General in San Francisco sends you advance wishes for a Happy 48th National Day.
The National Day celebrations being organized by the Consulate-General this year will be held as follows:
When: Saturday, Sep 14th, 2013, starting at 3:00pm sharp and ending by 6:00 pm.
Where: Sofitel San Francisco Bay at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94064.
Come catch up with old friends and make new ones. We will have a new Consul-General in place and he and his wife look forward to meeting you. Further details will be made known in the coming weeks. Please check your email and do SAVE THE DATE!
We look forward to seeing you then.
p.s. Please note that our office will be closed on Friday, Aug 9th, 2013 in observance of National Day.
Would you be interested to volunteer your assistance at SingaporeConnect's National Day Celebrations?
We would need help with setup (arranging the tables, tablecloths and chairs, arranging the potluck food brought in, distributing the drinks, utensils, and plates), clean-up, running the swimming competition, and the art competition.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist.
The SingaporeConnect Committee
There will be two events in Singapore in July/August that OSU would like to share with those in Singapore with their kids this summer
Dates: 17 - 19 July 2013 (Wed – Fri) and 5 - 7 August 2013 (Mon – Wed)
Registration for Camp@Home in Singapore has just opened! For the first time, there will be TWO instalments in the July/Aug period to cater to more kids (between 7 to 12 years old) and the differing travel plans of parents from the US and UK. Camp@Home has been organised twice-yearly by OSU since 2011. It is a 3-day non-residential camp created especially for our overseas Singaporean children to start them on a journey in discovering Singapore’s history and her rich culture and heritage. This includes walking trails, games and interactive activities. It will also include a day in a local primary school to give them a taste of life in a Singapore school – definitely a rich experiential learning journey that’s highly interactive, fun and memorable. Plus the kids get to make new friends from all around the world! Further details and online registration at http://www.overseassingaporean.sg/staying-abroad/children-corner/Camp-at-home .
Dates: 29 – 30 July 2013 (Mon – Tues)
This two-day non-residential camp for youths (aged 15 to 18 years old) gives them an excellent opportunity to explore the grounds of the Singapore Discovery Centre and Army Museum; and get to know about life as a recruit. This includes the opportunity to try their hands at working the SAR-21 rifle simulators, a taste of combat ration and a tour around SAFTI, home of the future leaders of the army. Participants will also be brought on a guided tour at the ISD Heritage Centre to learn about past operations against security threats facing Singapore such as communism and terrorism, and understand the importance of racial and cultural harmony in Singapore’s plural society. Done through a fun and interactive trail, participants will race against each other to complete the given tasks and learn about the history and heritage of Singapore. Further details and online registration at https://www.overseassingaporean.sg/event/index/details/id/229/d/2013-07-29/t/%20Rediscover!%20Home%2029-30%20July .
Please feel free to contact us or OSU with queries about the events. They have also been published to our events calendar.
Also, we do have an OSU representative in town now. His name is
Stanley Leong | Overseas Singaporean Liaison (USA), Overseas Singaporean Unit | National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office
He will help take over the representation to the US West Coast from Alberenee Sim, who had previously been handling all of the US, who will now work with the East Coast.
Some of you may recognise him as the former editor for the OSU TouchPoint newsletter.
We hope to see him at many of our future events!
We know most of you are happily in the Bay Area and want to keep in touch with Singaporeans here. But if you are ever considering or interested in opportunities for your next career move in Singapore, Contact Singapore is around for that eventuality. A short list of employers that they have worked in include:
Employers currently hiring include:
- Finance – GIC, HSBC, Stanchart
- Consulting - Gallup, McKinsey
- Electronics – Qualcomm, Applied Materials, Broadcom
- Oil & Gas – Shell
- Biomedical Sciences – Lonza, Paraxel
- IT – Accenture, IBM
- Public Service - MFA, MTI and more.
Here's an updated brochure that you can find on our web site.