Ting Wei is an Assistant Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Department, where she provides legal advice to corporate services and certain public markets departments. Her daily responsibilities include drafting and reviewing agreements, offering legal advice to business stakeholders, participating in internal calls and meetings should legal advice be needed, and engaging in negotiations with external counterparties.
Besides organising sports activities for GIC employees, her interests include traveling, dancing, and practising yoga.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
I first heard about GIC during my Junior College days when I was selected as one of the GIC Young Leader awardees. Years later, I came across a rare opening for a junior legal position, and my interest was piqued. The job description promised not only involvement in public markets work but also opportunities to handle technology contracts. Given the ever-evolving nature of the technology sector, I saw significant potential and professional growth as a junior lawyer. Moreover, I recognised that being a part of a large organisation like GIC would provide me with the structure and mentorship that I needed as a recent graduate. Having prior in-house work experience, I was drawn to the idea of it, as it places legal professionals close to the core of the business. On hindsight, I consider myself blessed that this role presented itself at the right moment, and I have not looked back since.
What does your typical workday look like?
My typical workday offers a range of diverse tasks. This includes drafting and reviewing agreements, consolidating feedback from senior team members and other business partners, participating in internal calls and meetings where my legal advice is needed, and engaging in negotiations with external parties.
What do you like most about working here?
What I like most about working at GIC are the people I work with. I have had the privilege to collaborate with individuals who not only excel in their roles but also embody qualities of humility, kindness, and approachability. Despite being the youngest member on many projects, I have not felt undermined or undervalued because of my age or experience. Many colleagues are receptive to my ideas and recommendations and are also generous in sharing their wealth of experience.
Moreover, I appreciate that my role is far from mundane, offering a constant stream of exciting new challenges. As part of the corporate services legal team, I advise on a wide array of technological contracts and get to learn alongside our business partners. I have both formal and informal opportunities to learn from experts in the field, whether they are internal stakeholders or external counterparties. Balancing the role of a business advocate and a gatekeeper can be challenging, but the process of seeking middle ground and offering business-centric recommendations is incredibly rewarding.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
My learning and development journey at GIC has been truly fulfilling. The allocated training budget has proven invaluable to enhance my skills. The process is self-driven, with a focus on identifying useful skill sets and knowledge based on technology trends and evolving business needs. My managers have been exceptionally supportive, encouraging me to pursue courses in emerging areas, even when they were not widely recognised. In my four years in GIC, I have successfully obtained two accredited privacy certifications, only made possible by the unwavering support of my department and managers. Additionally, I continually acquire new knowledge on the job, benefitting from the guidance and mentorship of my experienced colleagues and managers.
What you should know before joining GIC
Beyond the specific job-related skills and qualifications, aligning well with the company culture is something that GIC’s hiring managers pay close attention to. GIC places a strong emphasis on teamwork and the value of mutual respect as outlined in our PRIME (Prudence, Respect, Integrity, Merit & Excellence) values. This emphasis on respect for colleagues makes perfect sense, as it contributes significantly to the long term and the company. Thus, my advice to candidates would be to not only focus on their competencies but also on how well they align with our values and culture.
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