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I was offered a job in Singapore, and in UK. It was always my dream to work overseas, and I chose that job over the one in Singapore. However, it is a nightmare and I hate working here. What do I do?

I don't hate the company, but I just don't like the way things are in London. I felt like I made a bad decision, because the job in Singapore was actually better and higher paying. Now I feel like I'm stuck here..

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    • Daniel Lee
      Daniel Lee, Growth Marketing Lead at Seedly

      Top Contributor (Dec)

      23 Answers, 68 Upvotes
      Answered on 27 Nov 2018

      Weigh the options of coming back! Do you have a job here ready for you when you return? Wouldn't want to come back and get stuck in limbo.

      Something else would be to consider the costs involved in moving back, depending on how long you've been in London and if you have already settled down there with lots of things to send back.

      Perhaps give it awhile more to try and accept more of the place, try to see things differently. If the feeling that you've made a bad decision still remains, plan your options out and make a choice. All the best!

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    • Serene Toh
      Serene Toh
      38 Answers, 78 Upvotes
      Answered 2w ago

      Are you sure you really don't like the way things are, or are you just homesick? If home sick, give it some time for yourself to adapt.

      There's actually pros & cons to both options, as you mention, you don't hate this current company, just the situation in UK, what's to say that you will like the company of the Singapore based job, even if it has a higher pay? How's your work life balance & lifestyle in UK? Will you be able to get the same in Singapore?

      You don't have to regret your decision, it's not all that bad, having worked overseas before can actually boost your portfolio, and make you more employable, but you do have to work for at least 1-2 years min to have an impact, so try to tahan at least that long. Is your company a MNC? If it is, you can try asking for a transfer. Whatever decision you make just make sure the employment opportunities are available before throwing in the letter.

      (If you are facing discrimation in your company, start searching for job opportunities and try to get out ASAP, but highlight this issue to a neutral person before you leave, nicely, of course. If you are facing it outside, try to get some advise from the nicer people in your company)

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    Hariz Arthur Maloy
    Hariz Arthur Maloy, Independent Financial Advisor at Promiseland Independent

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    246 Answers, 427 Upvotes
    27 Nov 2018

    You should check what are your available options in Singapore right now if you were to move back.

    Also how long have you been in London? If it's only for a couple of months, you may be selling it short. It could grow on you. Undoubtedly it could be a once or twice in a lifetime opportunity to work overseas.

    Maybe you could try being more involved in the community? Just suggestions to hopefully make it easier to stay there for the time being.

    You could also suggest to your company to set up an office in SG, and hopefully you can head it or be in the startup force for it.

    But last but not least, you can always quit and move back, I'm sure that's never not an option.

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