Lydia works in the Compliance Controls and Code of Ethics team within GIC’s Legal and Compliance Department. Her responsibilities include safeguarding GIC’s interests and reputation by ensuring we work within policies and procedures that comply with applicable laws and regulations. She’s part of an ongoing effort to promote and reinforce drivers of good values, conduct and culture in GIC.
Outside of work, Lydia loves to read. Her reading list includes books from her own department’s library covering topics such as law, investments, and leadership; as well as books written by key Singaporean figures, including our former Group President, Lim Siong Guan.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
When I was still in university and attending recruitment talks, GIC first struck me as highly professional and exclusive. I recall one GIC career recruitment talk that did not accept walk-in students, and I was one of those who was refused entry. Eventually, I discovered an opportunity through my school’s recruitment portal. I chose GIC because of its unique position as a leading global investment firm with a public-facing mission to secure Singapore’s financial future.
When I first joined the organisation through the GIC Professionals Programme (GPP), I was surprised at how welcoming everyone was. I also had the honour of organising GIC’s first Family at Work Day, a day when our employees brought their families to work and where conference rooms were transformed into carnivals.
What does your typical workday look like?
My typical day at the office begins with a cup of coffee at our Level 38 in-house café before heading to my desk to check my emails and schedule. I may have ad hoc discussions with my team. After a long day, I like to unwind by catching up with my colleagues at the pantry over snacks and drinks.
What do you like most about working here?
I like the ample opportunities for growth at GIC, whether it’s through receiving best-in-class training, or learning from peers who are at the forefront of what they do. Aside from attachments to various departments, I was also given the opportunity to be posted externally to learn from my peers at MAS.
GIC is open and welcoming to people who are differently abled. My department once recruited a legally trained intern with cerebral palsy. Despite her limited movements, special arrangements were made for her integration into the office. She inspired me through our interactions because of her resilience, grit, and tenacity in achieving her personal goal of becoming a lawyer despite her circumstances.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
Having joined GIC as a fresh graduate, I recall plenty of learning opportunities, whether through classroom training, hands-on projects, or job rotations. We were also assigned a mentor, which was helpful for my professional development.
What you should know before joining GIC
My advice to prospective candidates is to be ambitious and agile.