Grace is a Managing Director at GIC’s Enterprise Strategy department where she works with GIC’s Group Executive Committee on long-term, enterprise-level strategic plans.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
I had just spent ten amazing years in management consulting and was finally ready for a career change. When this opportunity appeared, I was trying to decide whether to attend graduate school in Silicon Valley or join a private equity general partnership (GP).
I chose to join GIC because I was impressed with the people I met during the recruitment process. I was drawn to the collaborative and collegial culture of the firm and the purpose that GIC set out to achieve – to secure Singapore’s financial future.
What does your typical workday look like?
I am fortunate to be able to collaborate with many teams across GIC on a wide range of strategic topics. My favorite part about this role is the opportunity to learn about various investment businesses while working with different teams.
GIC teams invest in a wide range of asset classes, including public equities, fixed income and bonds, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and private credit. By working on these projects, I was able to pick the brains of great investors in each of these areas and learn about the unique and current challenges in each asset type.
What you should know before joining GIC
I would recommend GIC for any candidate considering a new opportunity. Take the time to map out new colleagues and stakeholders in the organisation and try to get to know them in advance. These conversations would enable the candidate to assess their ‘cultural fit’ within the organisation and evaluate how the company’s business objectives are interpreted in daily work.