Working at EDB demands motivation, dynamism and intelligence in a global arena. It is a career choice you will not regret.
By Tan Yan Shuo
“There has never been a day that I’ve regretted taking the EDB scholarship,” says Lim Sze Ling. Few would dare to make such a bold claim. But look into her unflinching eyes and you will realise she means every word.
Sze Ling was once a triple-science student at Raffles Institution (Junior College). After graduating in 1996, she wanted to pursue her interests in both business and healthcare technology, and thus found the jobs promised by most scholarships “either too desk-bound or too technical”.
This was until the Economic Development Board (EDB) stepped into the picture.
“Here, you can interact closely with companies that deal with leading-edge technology, but at the same time you are not a scientist,” she explains. “They call us ‘investment architects’. It’s not just a nine-to-five job where you sit at a desk, write a lot of policy papers, and try to impact the lives of Singaporeans through paperwork. Here you go out to meet clients from all around the world, every single day.”