Nicole is an integral member of GIC School, our Learning & Development academy. She contributes to educational initiatives and training programmes that support our employees in broadening and strengthening their perspectives, business knowledge and skillsets – and which help them, as well as the broader public, understand GIC’s mission and contributions to Singapore as the nation’s sovereign wealth fund.
In my spare time she enjoys reading, trying new dining spots with family and friends, building her art collection, and discovering new music.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
The first attribute is that the work I do serves a larger purpose. In my role, one way that I can do this is by partnering the Ministry of Education, Singapore, to help young Singaporeans understand the importance of the national reserves GIC manages and how we contribute to Singapore’s financial future by investing these.
Another is being able to leverage my strengths so that I can contribute meaningfully and with impact – and lastly, having opportunities to learn, grow and develop new mindsets and skillsets.
What does your typical workday look like?
It varies, though my day usually involves internal and external meetings – to review and refine existing training programmes and resources, as well as explore new learning initiatives and partnerships. Some days entail delivering programmes for our employees or engaging the broader public, particularly educators and students.
What do you like most about working here?
The persevering sense of mission and opportunity to contribute towards securing Singapore’s financial future, and the incredible colleagues I learn from and who I enjoy working with.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
My team is fortunate to collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Singapore on initiatives for the national school curriculum to develop future-ready young Singaporeans. This opportunity allows us to contribute our insights as a global, long-term investor towards producing educational resources and programmes with real-world applications, covering reserves management, financial literacy, key developments in the international economy and financial markets, as well as the future of work in investment management.
As part of these efforts, in May 2023 we launched GIC’s first financial literacy video competition, Make FinLIT! It was heartening to see over 200 students from across 20 pre-university institutions in Singapore – through creative and thoughtful video production – demonstrate their understanding and application of GIC’s five investing principles in their financial decision-making.
What you should know before joining GIC
Dedicate time to understanding GIC’s mission and contributions to Singapore, to appreciate how your efforts contribute to a bigger picture – and invest in your development and building relationships!
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