I enjoy working alongside diligent colleagues who are dedicated to serving the public, in a collegial environment that emphasises teamwork. I also appreciate opportunities to contribute in a wide range of areas, via rotation across various functions within MAS and a secondment to the Ministry of Finance.
My advice to youths is to always focus on doing what is right, and making things better for Singapore, Asia and our world.
Low Yen Ling
Macroprudential Surveillance Department
After my internship, joining MAS became the first choice for me because of the nurturing culture of the people here. Being in the midst of like-minded colleagues in a space that encourages free-flowing discussion and idea generation has made working here a great pleasure, not to mention the sense of satisfaction gained knowing that our work is serving a greater purpose.
An internship is helpful to determine if a work environment is suitable for you. I would encourage you to take up an internship with MAS to experience the culture and environment.
Sahanas Syed Mubarak
One thing I really liked about the Graduate Officer Scheme was the MAS Diploma in Central Banking. It's a comprehensive course that covers various aspects of MAS' role as a central bank and financial regulator. MAS also offers a great opportunity to build strong professional capabilities across the major functions/departments.
If you're a young graduate looking for a nurturing environment to learn, it's a great opportunity to shape your career goals in the macroeconomy/finance sectors.
Markets Policy and Infrastructure Department
If a dynamic work environment and opportunities to develop depth in expertise are some of the things you are looking for, then I’ll encourage you to consider a career with MAS.
More generally, if you are keen to work at MAS, my advice is to not be afraid of working in areas that you may not be as familiar with or comfortable with. Instead, consider it as an opportunity to pick up new knowledge, learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses, and you may in fact also find yourself developing an interest in the area.
Reserve Management Department
As I learnt more about the industry during my studies, I decided to specialise in quantitative finance during my post-graduate education as it best suited my interests and strengths.
I was drawn to a career in the public service and wanted a specialised role that would allow me to apply my interests and strengths. At the same time, I also hoped to have some variety in my job scope throughout my career.
As an economics student in junior college, I was acquainted with MAS’ role in formulating and implementing Singapore’s monetary policy. At a scholarship fair, I also learnt about the wide range of roles that MAS plays, as a central bank and a financial regulator. This seemed like a good fit for me, and with the impact of the Global Financial Crisis fresh in my mind, MAS struck me as a place where I could really make a difference.
I believe that MAS’ efforts in improving the risk controls and practices of banks lead to fairer treatment for consumers and a more secure financial system in which people in Singapore can have confidence in when conducting their individual and business dealings.
While the workload can be demanding, I find it fulfilling and intellectually stimulating. There is no lack of excitement, and I’m continuously given opportunities to learn new things and grow in my understanding of the challenging world we live in.
Due to the unique role of MAS as the financial regulator, financial centre developer and central bank, there is a range of functions in MAS to suit the varying interests of its staff - economic research, prudential policy, supervision of financial institutions and sustainable finance, just to name a few.
Fan Jia Rong
Monetary and Domestic Markets Management Department
At LSE, I had the privilege of learning from the former Chief Economist and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Meanwhile, at Princeton, I was able to learn from quantitative traders and hedge fund managers about current topics such as high-frequency trading and the characteristics of Asian capital markets.
The economic and financial landscape is constantly evolving, and the issues that MAS officers work on are increasingly complex and cross-cutting in nature. I am glad that my training and internships prepared me for my work with MAS, which has ranged from examining the financial stability implications of climate change, to crafting MAS’ Covid-19 response to support the local economy and ultimately the lives of Singaporeans.
My work in MAS is intellectually stimulating and rewarding, and I know it has a tangible impact on shaping Singapore’s economy and financial development.
A version of this article was first published in BrightSparks Magazine Feb 2022  when Jia Rong was in Macroprudential Surveillance Department. Republished with permission from Kariera Group Singapore Pte Ltd.
Corporate Finance & Consumer Department
Organisation Development & Communications Department
As a former marketer in financial services, I was first drawn to the challenge of working on the world’s largest FinTech festival that MAS organises. I joined MAS in 2018, and haven’t looked back since! At MAS, I have had opportunities to stretch myself in new areas of work, as part of our FinTech and Innovation Group, and my current department. Today, I get to help shape MAS as a great place to work at, through our organisation development and corporate planning work.
Lam Chee Hao
Financial Centre Development Department
MAS has given me opportunities to hone my competency through taking on different roles. In my previous roles in the Financial Supervision Group, I supervised a wide range of financial institutions. One of the highlights was to represent MAS in international forums on accounting and auditing standard setting. The appointment allowed me to contribute to the international supervisory community, enhance my specialist skills in accounting and develop public policy making skill. In my current role, I am developing diverse skillsets such as business development and marketing, while contributing to MAS’ growth strategies for the financial sector.
After having been in the banking industry for a few years, I was eager to find a job that would allow me to take on more meaningful work – work that has the potential to better the lives of the people around me. The work we do at MAS is so diverse and meaningful, and there are so many opportunities to learn new things, which is great motivation for clocking into office every day. My advice for mid-career folks who are interested in joining MAS - There is no lack of things to learn as long as you are willing and driven.