Nick is a Senior Data Scientist at the Internal Audit Department where he builds products which help automate and enhance their capabilities. His responsibilities include scanning through high volumes of data for anomalies by developing scripts, and using machine learning tools to find information within legal documents.
Nick loves water sports like surfing. He has recently discovered that there are some surf spots in Singapore too, an alternative to his pre-pandemic favourite Bali, and he is excited to be part of the local surf community. We recently caught up with Nick to find out how he’s doing.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
I first encountered GIC at my previous company, where I worked with GIC’s Technology Group to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) product. I was very impressed with the leadership capabilities and thoughtfulness of the team I was working with. I felt that GIC would be a place where I could challenge myself and be rewarded for doing so.
What does your typical workday look like?
My day always begins with a cup of black coffee, which I enjoy while listening to podcasts about machine learning and other interesting research, or taking online courses and keeping up with the latest news. After work, I either go to the gym or surf the concrete on my skateboard.
I keep my domain knowledge updated by reading blogs run by the larger tech companies with strong data science research, such as Google, Facebook, and Salesforce. I also read academic papers and blog posts. As a self-taught data scientist, I’ve found these resources extremely helpful in keeping up with the rapidly evolving world of data science and machine learning.
What do you like most about working here?
I appreciate our willingness to try out novel auditing solutions. It gives me the opportunity to work with cutting-edge machine learning frameworks and models. With a background in science and research, getting to “play with the newest toys” brings me great joy.
GIC also organises events that feature diversity and inclusion. I feel that this is an organisation where you will not feel discriminated against, particularly by gender.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
I take advantage of the training fund that is available to all employees. I use it to take online courses in order to improve my technical skills. Aside from that, I regard my supervisor as a mentor. I have learnt a great deal from how he approaches problems and tackles new projects.
What you should know before joining GIC
There are many extremely intelligent and highly motivated people here. Dedicate some time to meet and get to know them better and I’m sure you too will feel inspired!