Leon joined GIC’s Professionals Programme (GPP) over two years ago and is an Assistant Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Department (LCD). He is part of the Compliance team that monitors, analyses and advises on regulatory developments that will impact our investments and activities. In this way, his team plays a part in protecting GIC from regulatory risks, which is important for GIC’s reputation as a global investor and the investment manager of Singapore’s reserves.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
I first visited GIC when I was in junior college. It was an auditorium session where I learnt about GIC’s role as a global investor and its mission to safeguard Singapore’s financial future. Since then, GIC has been my dream company, and that perception has not changed even after I joined.
When I started my job search, I imagined it would be difficult to get into GIC, but I knew I would regret not trying more than failing. I researched the company’s website, spoke with GIC employees at recruitment events and decided to give it a shot. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I wanted at the time, but GIC provided more than I could have imagined – learning and growth beyond what a fresh graduate could imagine, as well as the opportunity to work with the best not only in the firm, but also in the industry.
What does your typical workday look like?
I’d like to be able to describe a typical day, but it rarely goes as imagined the night before, which keeps my job interesting! My work is dependent on transactions and regulatory developments, which are never the same. The only constant is great food for team lunches. It helps that my team knows where to find the best food places!
What do you like most about working here?
Even as a junior, I have had the opportunity to lead projects and interact with senior stakeholders within and outside the organisation. More importantly, I always know I have my manager’s guidance and support.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
We were exposed to investment knowledge, practised soft skills, rotated through various departments for exposure, and even hiked up Gunung Datuk in Malaysia. The GPP, like the hike, was challenging, but we also had a lot of fun. Following the programme, I have been fortunate to have access to a mentor and a coach whose guidance and advice has been invaluable for my career.