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Claudia joined GIC in 2023 as an Analyst under the GIC Professionals Programme. She is currently on rotations to various departments to gain exposure and to build her network. She is on her first rotation, and her role as a UI/UX designer and frontend developer for the Risk & Performance Management Department is to work on the Investment Risk Performance Tool that aims to help portfolio managers assess the current and future performance of their portfolios.  

Outside of work, she enjoys staying active and exploring new interests. She participates in GIC interest groups like netball and bouldering, which allow her to stay fit and connect with others who share similar interests. The active lifestyle is to support her love for food hunting, being a food enthusiast who appreciates tasty food. 

Why did you decide to join GIC?

I was initially drawn to GIC through its #CODETOIMPACT hackathon event. The hackathon environment was one of learning and collaboration, and I was impressed by the level of support and guidance provided by the GIC team. The experience sparked my interest in joining GIC, as I saw it as an opportunity to work with a talented and passionate team on impactful projects that leverage innovative technology. 

As I have learned more about GIC and its technology initiatives since joining, I have been impressed by the organisation’s commitment to leveraging technology to enhance its investment capabilities and drive value for its stakeholders.  

What does your typical workday look like?

My typical workday at GIC involves a mix of collaboration and individual work. I will start my day with discussions with my team and business partners to understand the requirements of the IRP Tool project and ensure that we are aligned and working towards the same goals. After the discussions, I will spend my time designing new features and revising existing prototypes. This involves using my design skills to create wireframes, mock-ups, and prototypes that align with the project requirements and user needs. Once the design is approved, I move on to developing the features that have already been approved by the team and business partners. This involves coding, testing, and debugging the features to ensure that they are functioning as intended and meeting the project requirements. 

What do you like most about working here?

There are two things that I particularly enjoy about working at GIC. Firstly, I appreciate the challenging problems that I get to work on, which keep me learning and growing as a professional. The projects that I work on are complex and require me to think creatively and critically, which I find both intellectually stimulating and rewarding. I also appreciate the opportunity to work with a talented and passionate team, who are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise. 
Secondly, I enjoy the people and culture at GIC. The people are warm and friendly, and there is a powerful sense of community within the organisation. There are many interest groups that allow me to connect with colleagues who share similar interests, which has helped me to build relationships and feel more connected to the organisation. Additionally, GIC places a strong emphasis on employee well-being, with many initiatives and resources available to help employees stay fit and healthy. 

How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?

As a GIC Professionals Programme Analyst, I have found the learning and development opportunities at GIC to be extensive and rigorous. The GIC Professionals Programme’s bootcamp was a comprehensive programme that equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to perform my job well. The bootcamp included classes on economics, accounting, and asset classes, which were taught by experienced professionals and academics. Additionally, there were many talks and presentations by different departments in GIC, which helped me to familiarize myself with the company structure and gain a better understanding of how different teams work together to achieve our goals. 

What you should know before joining GIC

If you are considering joining GIC, my advice would be to be open to new challenges and opportunities. GIC is a dynamic and fast-paced organisation that is constantly evolving, and it requires individuals who are willing to adapt and learn. If you are looking for a place that can challenge you to broaden your horizons and develop new skills, GIC is a good place to be. Additionally, I would encourage candidates to be proactive in seeking out opportunities to learn and grow, whether through training programs, mentorship, or networking. 

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