Phionna is an Associate in the People Analytics & Solutions team within the Human Resources department where she partners with other HR teams to draw deep insights from our people data for robust decision-making. She has been with GIC for over one-and-a-half years.
Outside of work, she enjoys picking up new hobbies just to keep things fresh. She enjoys her rhythm cycling classes and even bought a spin bike for her home. Her 2022 goals are to finally learn how to ride an actual bike, and to pick up new language.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
I first discovered this opportunity while looking for a scholarship to further my university studies abroad. I applied for the GIC Scholarship because I had heard that it was a great company to work for, and after going through the entire interview process, I was completely convinced.
I believe an ideal employer is one that respects its employees as individuals and provides a nurturing environment that prioritises mentorship and growth.
The stakeholders I’ve met have been respectful, intelligent, and genuinely caring. They appreciate the fact that everyone can bring diverse perspectives to the table and that makes me feel valued for my own potential too.
What does your typical workday look like?
My typical workday varies all the time, and that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy my role! If I’m working from home, I’ll start the day with a cup of my homemade oat cold brew. A typical day might include either working out visualisations on Tableau or preparing a deck of data-driven insights for key stakeholders.
If my team is working in the office, we go out for lunch together, something that I really enjoy. I try to get to my spin class after work before having a quick dinner and winding down for the day.
What do you like most about working here?
I enjoy thinking through technically difficult problems and the satisfaction that comes with finding the best-fit solutions. My team is filled with individuals from various fields of expertise, and there is a collaborative culture of knowledge-sharing which I really appreciate. Being a fairly new team, there are still many things we are working to set up. While this can be frustrating at times, it is also very rewarding to see the things you built from the ground up come to life!
I also work on a lot of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) projects, specifically looking at how we can use data and insights to drive our DE&I goals and hold the business accountable. DE&I has always been close to my heart, and I feel a strong sense of purpose when the insights we provide make a difference in the policies we make.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
I accepted the GIC Scholarship back in 2016 and have been in GIC after finishing my full-time studies. The people here are eager to invest their time to set you up for success. I am also very fortunate to have a manager who prioritises growth by allowing me to learn new skills and experiment with new technologies that will benefit my career. I’m looking to expand my analytics capabilities even further, and I’m grateful that there have been numerous opportunities to do so here at GIC.
Having majored in Anthropology, one of my favourite sites to read is “Epic People”, which is maintained by a group that promotes the practice of ethnography to create value in industries, organisations, and communities. It motivates me to apply my ethnographic training into my work and prompts me to consider larger issues concerning the future of workplaces.
What you should know before joining GIC
Talk to people who are currently in GIC to find out more about the company and its culture! Be sure to also read up on the fields you are interested in, and come prepared to articulate and demonstrate those interests during the interview.