Sunday, March 29, 2015

not adapting to Asia (letter to XiaoAn

Hi Shaun,

You pointed out senior or leadership positions are naturally fewer and harder to get. Indeed, 3 times, I have encountered "painfully low demand" in Singapore financial IT, so I decided to target a level lower, where jobs are easier to find, and salary is acceptable (like senior AVP), rather than superb, like 250k. This is the level I can operate comfortably.

As a contrast, in the US, I have seen many bright Chinese and Indian immigrants want (and deserve) a leadership role but unable to rise beyond junior VP, so they return to Asia. In the US they aren't satisfied with an above-average income. They feel ambitious and talented. They don't plan to change job every 2 years, so the "low demand" is less of a problem.

I'm the opposite. I have a technical inclination, not ambitious about leadership roles (though I don't mind if given a chance). I may shun people-management jobs. I enjoy a variety of technical  challenges, and change job more frequently, so "low demand" is real problem.

In OC and B@A, I was hired at positions with a tiny bit of leadership potential. Within 3 months, both myself and manager realized I was not (yet) suitable for leadership, not until I become technically familiar with the local system.  I guess I didn't adapt to Asia.

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