Broad exposure and a firm foundation
The GIC Professionals Programme (GPP) is designed to give you an overview of our business and a foundation for your future. Your journey begins with an 8 month rotational programme in Singapore every year from August to March. You will take part in special projects and day-to-day operations, working closely with colleagues from diverse departments to increase your experience and build your professional network. After the rotational programme, you will move into the business area which best suits your ability, skills, and interest.
We offer opportunities to final year students in the following areas:
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Applications for the GPP class joining us in August 2017 are open from 1 August 2016. Click here to apply now.
How did you come to choose GIC after your studies?
When deciding on where to work as a graduate, there was only one question I really considered. 'Which organization will give me the best chance of learning how to become a great investor?' In today's competitive world of finance, where the vast majority of money managers fail to beat simple market aggregates, this is a career defining issue. As I got to better understand GIC, the answer to this question became clear. With its unique long-term focus, value investing mindset, culture of ownership and commitment to investing in and developing its investment professionals, GIC is a stand out company.
In a typical day, what might you do?
The great thing about my role in GIC Real Estate is that there really is no typical day. I could be looking at opportunities to enhance our properties through capital investment programs, assessing potential investments, working on a live transaction or preparing information required by senior management for strategic planning and portfolio level issues. We also travel regularly in order to oversee both our existing assets and new opportunities, as part of this we spend our time meeting with current and potential partners, assessing the quality of competition within a real estate market and of course, kicking the tires on new acquisitions.
What are your colleagues like?
The level of talent within GIC is really remarkable. As an organization, we draw from a diverse set of cultures and backgrounds, but the common thread through the colleagues I work with is an exceptional level of commitment, professionalism and excellence. It is a fantastic opportunity to be able to work with, and learn from, such a deep bench of talent.
What strikes you about GIC as the government’s fund manager?
As an organization, the prudent stewardship of Singapore’s reserves is obviously front of mind, which creates a culture emphasizing thoroughness in thinking and risk awareness. Put slightly differently, our culture instills a philosophy where we seek to behave in line with how we would like others to act if they were managing our money. At the same time, GIC’s culture is highly collegial and performance focused, with colleagues working collaboratively to achieve our organization’s investment objectives.
Any advice for others?
Charlie Munger, an investor I admire, once said:
”Three rules for a career: 1) Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself; 2) Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire; and 3) Work only with people you enjoy.”
This advice may seem deceptively obvious, and yet the majority of us breach one or more of these rules – particularly those working in the world of finance and investment management. I obviously cannot promise that GIC will be the right organization for you, but what I can say is that throughout my time here, I have been confident that my career has been lived in line with this edict. Another investor I admire, Warren Buffett, recommended that we should take a job that we love, and jump out of bed in the morning - I feel very lucky to have found this.