It’s time to start planning your 2018 job search, and planning it meticulously. You may already know which banks in Singapore you want to apply to and which recruitment agencies to use…but do you know where to go to unveil the jobs that aren’t even advertised yet?
One of the best ways to find roles before anyone else does is to network with people in your field at an industry event. To give you a head start, we’ve picked out some of the best 2018 finance conference in Singapore for networking your way into a new job.
Singapore Hedge Fund Symposium, 18 January
If you’re a banker looking to move to the buy-side, next week’s conference marks a rare opportunity to network at a dedicated local hedge fund event. It’s run by EY, which will be plugging its new hedge fund survey, but the speakers come from across the industry, not just the consultancy firm.
TMT Finance Asia, 1 February
As we’ve noted numerous times recently, technology, media and telecoms (TMT) is the hottest coverage sector within Asian investment banking. If you’re a generalist banker wanting to break into TMT, this conference gives you access to “heads of TMT from the leading investment banks”, including Amit Sinhar, head of TMT corporate and investment banking at DBS.
The Singapore Asset Management Conference, 27 February
Where students go to catch the eye of senior buy-side professionals in Singapore, this career-focused event takes place at the Yale-NUS campus. It only costs $55, but features a range of senior speakers from banks and asset management firms, many of whom will also attend the networking lunch (along with their HR reps). This being a student conference, there’s a case competition on the agenda, too. Top performers will then be invited to “network with senior professionals and analysts from J.P. Morgan over a cocktail dinner function”.
Financial Compliance and Operational Risk Asia Summit, 27 – 28 February
With compliance and risk candidates still regularly landing 20% to 30% pay rises when they move banks, schmoozing with your counterparts in this field could potentially be very lucrative. Who should you target for a coffee-break chat at the summit? You could try Adam Singer, head of APAC core compliance at J.P. Morgan; Benedicte Gardner, head of APAC operational risk at Credit Suisse; and Markus Blattmann, chief risk officer for Asia at Julius Baer.
Money20/20 Asia, 13 – 15 March
The job market in digital banking in Singapore is better than ever right now. As we reported last year, banks from OCBC to Standard Chartered are all hiring developers, project managers and designers to give their payment apps an edge. If you’re thinking of shifting to a digital job at a new bank, or if you want to leave banking for a fintech firm, networking at Money 20/20 could open doors. Speakers range from Darryl West, group CIO at HSBC, to Grace Yin a director at WeChat Pay.
Asian Wealth Management Forum, 10 May
Singapore hosts surprisingly few large get-togethers for private bankers, so this is verging on being a must-attend event. The speakers haven’t been finalised yet, but the chance to chat to fellow delegates is enough reason to be there. Just be sure you sit next to someone senior from a bank you know to be hiring (fortunately, that’s a long list).
AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Forum, 18 – 19 July
Now in its eighth year, this is arguably Singapore’s main gathering for the great and the good of the PE world. Last year, one panel talk alone featured heavy hitters from KPMG, Bain Capital, Navis Capital Partners, and PAG Asia Capital. It’s also a good place to mingle with senior people from tech companies: Ming Maa, group president of Grab, was there in 2017, as was Facebook’s Singapore head, Sandhya Devanathan.
Southeast Asian Private Equity Conference, 4 October
If this year’s event is anything like last year’s, it will be worthwhile from a networking perspective. For one, there were a lot of speakers in 2017 because panel discussions dominated the day. And there were also six meal or coffee breaks where you could “build successful relationships” and grab a drink with Alvin Lim from CVC Partners, Jack Hennessy from Baring Private Equity Asia, or Peter Martisek from BlackRock Private Equity Partners.
Singapore Fintech Festival, likely to be in November
Dates haven’t been set yet, but this is bound to be Singapore’s largest and most international finance event by a long shot. Last November 25,000 participants from over 100 countries took part in the week-long ‘festival’ organised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Advance planning is needed if you want to network here, however. More than 160 leaders from regulatory agencies, banks, venture capital firms, and of course fintech companies spoke at the 2017 conference. There were also multiple networking events and an exhibition hall full of start-ups showcasing their products. Be sure to prioritise who you want to talk to, or risk being lost in the crowd.
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