I’m not sure exactly what got me the job as a graduate. I remember reading the job add thinking that I matched the requirements, and I guess that’s the first thing that needs to be in place. There are some quite concrete requirements that the initial selection is based on. I don’t know much more about the details of them now than I did when I applied. I know that Novo Nordisk is looking for candidates that are among the best in their class. But I also know that you don’t have to be a straight a student to get the job. What’s more important is your inter-social skills, that you have a positive attitude, that collaboration and being a team player comes natural to you, and that you have international experience. I think at least half of the graduates that they were hired last year, origin from another country than Denmark. I am a native Dane myself, and my international experience comes from studying abroad twice during my studies at the university. I spent half a year near Toronto and another half a year in Berlin. Another thing that counted in my favor was the fact that I had been working both as a student assistant as well as full-time at the University of Copenhagen within the skill area that I was applying for. Relevant working experience is often held in great esteem. The same was the case here.
I realize that the deadline for applying for a graduate position is approaching and that many of you reading these blog post are perhaps struggling with your application these days. I would love to give you tips and tricks for your writing, but I don’t have any special formulation or subject that is a must to include in your application. I believe in honesty and authenticity, and my best advice to you is to write about your professional as well as personal strengths in a trustworthy way with focus on the aspects of your profile that make you the right persons for the position you are applying for. In addition to that I think that simple things that a neat layout of your cover letter and curriculum vitae and an application written in a flawless, flowing and non-pretentious style are important. It expresses structure and propriety.
What I liked about the recruitment process for a Novo Nordisk graduate position was the professionalism and seriousness together with the great energy that filled the two days of the “bootcamp”. I think I touched upon this in my first blog post. The energy and professionalism has continued to be a striking part of my experiences at Novo Nordisk. It’s evident that people here really like there jobs and share a believe in working to strengthen the company and improve its products. Today we received approval of a product within the project that I am currently working on. This was celebrated with cakes and a motivating speech from the woman in charge, and I will end this post with a picture from that event.