While a career in IT ideally means working for a multinational corporation for just over half of all current IT students in Singapore, the number of young people seeking experience in a startup is climbing rapidly, according to a survey just published by the Singapore Computer Society.
Whether inspired by popular movie depictions like The Social Network, books like Sarah Lacy’s excellent Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good, or the buzz around programmes like Techstars, it seems that the idea of being part of a small team that builds something new and dynamic increasingly appeals to young Singaporeans.
The Singapore Computer Society Infocomm Survey 2009 found that only 1.8% of the nation’s established IT professionals currently work in a Startup business, though twice that proportion want to. Talk to current IT students, however, and the proportion wanting to do the startup thing soars to 9%.
That’s great news for programmes like JFDI.asia that depend on enthusiasm from a new generation to keep the flow of people and ideas coming.
Newcomers enter a complex ecosystem where JFDI is one of many players on the journey from initial interest in business through to realizing value in what they have built. Perhaps the most inspiring news from 2009 was evidence that the end goal is now very real in Asia. Several startups cashed out with a life-changing business sale and the knowledge that they had changed the world in some small way.
Just don’t feel any pressure guys You’re allowed New Year’s Day off to work through that hangover …