195. Finding career success away from home: Angela Ryan on thriving in Fintech and Singapore

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The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 195. Finding career success away from home: Angela Ryan on thriving in Fintech and Singapore

In this episode, we speak with Angela Ryan, a global Business Partner and Director for a major Financial Technology Multinational. Angela shares her career trajectory, from her roots in Australia to her current role in Singapore. She reflects on her experience navigating new professional landscapes, particularly the booming fintech industry, providing valuable insights and advice for individuals looking to transition into this dynamic sector. Angela outlines the desirable skills and attributes for professionals seeking to excel in the fintech industry. She also offers practical advice on transitioning skills to Fintech and navigating the job application and interview process, particularly when explaining industry and sector transfers.

Expat life and its associated challenges are also explored in this episode. Angela provides a first-hand account of her experiences and expert guidance for professionals contemplating such a significant move. Specifically, she paints a vivid picture of the professional landscape in Singapore and shares strategies for individuals planning a relocation.

A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Angela offers a unique perspective on disability inclusion within the workplace. As the co-chair of a disability inclusion network, she emphasizes the significance of creating a diverse and inclusive professional environment, shedding light on her contributions in this arena.

Whether you're contemplating a career shift or planning to relocate to another country, Angela's experiences and advice will prove invaluable. From navigating the world of Fintech to championing diversity and inclusion, this episode offers a wealth of information to help steer your career in the right direction.

Here are my favorite highlights from our conversation:  

  • Angela Ryan's Career Story: Angela introduces herself as the global Business Partner, Director for a major Financial Technology Multinational division and highlights her previous roles as a regional HR Director for South East Asia in Fintech and an HR Business Partner for APAC countries in Tech and Telco. 
  • Key Strengths and Career Path: Angela discusses the key strengths that have propelled her in her career, leading her to her current position.   
  • Disability Agenda and Diversity & Inclusion: She shares her passion for diversity and inclusion and talks about her involvement as the Co-chair of a disability inclusion network and her membership in various other Diversity and Inclusion networks.  
  • Living in Singapore: Angela shares her experience of living in Singapore and offers insights for professionals considering becoming expats. She discusses the unique aspects of the Singaporean professional landscape and provides valuable advice for those planning a relocation. 
  • Skills and Professionals in Fintech: She sheds light on what fintech companies seek as they grow, outlining skills and attributes that professionals should possess to excel in the fintech industry. She also offers practical advice for transitioning skills to Fintech. She shares the best approaches to explain industry and sector transfers during the job application and interview process. 

About our guest: Angela Ryan

Angela Ryan is the global Business Partner, Director for a division of a large Financial Technology Multinational and is based in Singapore. Angela's prior role was regional HR Director for South East Asia, also in Fintech, and HR Business Partner for APAC in Tech/Telco before moving into Fintech. She is the Co-chair of a disability inclusion network and a member of various other Diversity and Inclusion networks. In addition to her post-Grad Diploma in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Angela has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Diploma in Learning Disorder Management and Child Psychology. Angela is a mum of two teens, third-culture boys, and lived in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to Singapore in 2008. She is a passionate advocate of inclusion, diversity, and lifelong learning. 

Timestamps to guide your listening: 

  • 03:06 - Angela's career story. 
  • 05:23 - Angela Ryan on Success in HR and the Importance of Courage 
  • 07:40 - Professional and Social Differences as an Expat in Singapore 
  • 11:07 - Navigating the First Year as an Expat in a New Country 
  • 15:11 - Overcoming Professional Differences and Leveraging Transferable Skills 
  • 17:12 - Expats in Singapore and the Skills Employers Seek 
  • 19:13 - Remote Work Dynamics and Tax Considerations in Singapore 
  • 23:45 - Explaining the Evolution and Opportunities in Financial Technology (Fintech) 
  • 28:18 - Unlocking Success in FinTech 
  • 30:48 - In-Demand Professionals in FinTech 
  • 33:24 - Navigating Disclosure of Neurodiversity and Disabilities in the Workplace 
  • 40:12 – Angela's final words 

Angela's career journey as an expat and a senior executive in a global fintech provides listeners with a wealth of information. Whether you're considering changing sectors or moving countries, Angela's advice will help you navigate the path to success.   

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If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

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