After moving to a new country, how do you build a new network? Expat Charlotte Nors shares some practical tips on how to meet new people.
When I moved to Singapore from Denmark 17 years ago, building a new social life was so much more challenging compared to today. With social media and the internet, it’s so much easier now to build a new network.
Here are some practical tips on how to meet new people and build your network after moving to a new country, based on my own experiences.
1. Go online
You can choose to sign up for one of the many “Meet Up” groups online, explore interest-based events via Eventbrite, or perhaps even sign up as a member in one of Singapore’s new private clubs.
2. Volunteer or join a professional organization
Another great way to build a network is to volunteer with one of the many amazing NGOs. Singapore has a very rich tradition of volunteerism, and the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre event have ways of connecting organisations looking for volunteers with potential candidates. There are also a number of professional platforms like business chambers and interest organisations.
3. Just start a conversation
Of course, I would recommend that you go to the theatre or an exhibition and strike a conversation with the person next to you. You need to arm yourself with a certain level of patience when you work on developing new networks. Most people you will meet are busy and probably already have circles of friends and contacts.
But Singapore is probably the easiest place to quickly settle into. I, for one, have always felt welcome, and have been received warmly. Most people are very generous in sharing their contacts and are willing to make introductions if they think you will enjoy meeting others.
At the end of the day, you just have to reach out and being open-minded when meeting new people. So never be shy about asking for an introduction, whether professionally or privately—I find that it always pays off.
Happy networking! May you cross paths with many interesting people.