First of all I wish you all a happy new year 2013! As the new year runs at full speed, I imagine that many of you are starting to prepare your application for the Graduate Programme at Novo Nordisk, for which I would like to share with you some insights. Last year, when I was thinking about how to write my application, I found the blog posts of the Graduates very useful and thus, I hope that we can contribute with some more hints and inspiration for your applications this year.
I think it is good to start with some reflections about whether or not a Graduate Programme in general and then of course the programme offered at Novo Nordisk is the right thing for you. You should have this reflection in due time to be able to make the right decision when the deadline is approaching. I think a good way to deal with this consideration is to ask yourself about what motivates you and whether your values are in line with the company’s values as outlined in the Novo Nordisk Way, since these are very much ‘lived’ in the company. These can function as a guideline in getting a basic understanding of what is expected from you, but of course also about what the organization offers you once you have joined the company. Moreover it might be a good idea to think about why you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry. I myself did not have any prior experience related to life sciences so as you can see, this does not mean that you will not have a chance when applying. As stated before, it is more important to figure out where your personality and interests overlap with the business that Novo Nordisk is in and this can then also be a good starting point for your cover letter.
Even though it sounds like a general, a bit ‘cheesy’ advice – be yourself in the application and try to convey what motivates you and where your passion lies, because I can guarantee you that the recruiters will read it and are interested in this. You can then also try to make links between practical experiences, courses and/or extra-curricular activities you have done and the pharmaceutical industry so that it becomes clear where your talent and skills can be deployed and how you can contribute to the organization. Finally, on a more practical note, it is always a good advice to have your application cross-checked by someone else to avoid not only spelling mistakes but also logical flaws in your argumentation or sentences that could be misunderstood.
I wish you all the best for the recruiting process and I look forward to see some of you in the Graduate Recruitment Centre!