From tech talents in Silicon Valley to hospitality talents in Switzerland, is Singapore looking in the right place for our talents?
By Claire Sim — This era of globalization has ushered in a generation where talents are rife and accessible. Talent-competitive countries are plenty, with Switzerland winning first place as the most-talent competitive country in the world.
There are also many other countries that have expertise in specific niche sectors. This eventually begets the question: what are the top talents needed in the world and where are they located?
Where Are The Talents At?
Silicon Valley is always the first thing that pops to mind when thinking of tech talents. However, you can actually find talents in the tech field beyond the US. Some examples of tech hubs located elsewhere include Uruguay, with its high number of engineers. Other areas might include Monterrey in Mexico, where world-renowned tech corporations like Oracle have set up their bases.
Another country that provides niche talents would be Switzerland for tourism or hospitality talents. Switzerland has been regarded as the best place to study hospitality with its emphasis on rigour, precision and attention. Not to mention the fact that it is also often regarded as the ‘home for hospitality. ‘
Other places that corporations might like to source talent from could also be Colombo, Sri Lanka. They are internationally known for their talents in accounting, with over ten thousand certified accountants working for famous corporations like HSBC and Aviva at significantly lower costs.
This only goes to prove the benefits of utilizing what globalization has to offer us in terms of sourcing talents. Branching out in the era of globalization is essential if we intend to truly find the best people to work in our sectors. In this day and age, it might be beneficial to Singapore to not be over-reliant on one nation for talent.
What Does This Have To Do With Singapore?
The University Grants Commission (UGC) from India has declared a total of 21 fake universities in the country. Given our Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with India, this incident might prove worrying if we become over-reliant on one particular nation for talent.
This can mean that Singapore is not attracting actual top talent that’s suitable for the development of our nation. Instead of making ourselves vulnerable to fake certificates from fake universities, perhaps we should properly look worldwide to find true top talents.