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The start of my Product Supply Graduate journey

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When I first sat down to write this blog post, I started thinking about my time so far within the program. What was the most surprising to me was the realization that I have worked here for almost four months already! On one hand, I feel like it was just yesterday that I first arrived on-site and could barely find my way back to my desk. On the other hand, it has been such an easy transition into my department and role that it feels like I have been working here for at least a year rather than just four months.

I attribute the ease of my transition to the welcoming nature of my colleagues and the organization of the graduate program and company as a whole. That is not to say that everything went smoothly when I started; but willing to adapt to change and new situations is an integral part of being a graduate in any of the programs, especially Product Supply (PS).

In my blog posts I will try to give you a glimpse into what it means to be a PS Graduate, as well as my personal journey throughout the program. If you are interested in applying or reading more about the Product Supply Graduate Program, I encourage you to visit  the Product Supply Graduate website. On this site there are important details about the program, great videos of two of my fellow PS Graduates in Denmark, and short descriptions of some of the projects Graduates are working on. I will try to share more about myself through my posts, but if you want to know a little more about me, please feel free to check out my profile page.

The beginning

I began working as a PS Graduate at Novo Nordisk Site Clayton in September. I recently graduated this past May and decided to take the summer off to travel. As expected, when I first started working my primary focuses were on the numerous trainings, becoming more familiar with my colleagues, and understanding the various systems in place that related to my job role. I also had to figure out where I fit within the company and my department. My first month of work was filled with a local orientation in Clayton followed by a global orientation with the other 2013 PS Graduates, which involved a week-long trip to  Denmark.  During that time, we learned more about the company and each other. Then it was back to Clayton to begin work on the projects for my first rotation in Quality Control. I will go into my detail on my projects and the other US-based PS Graduate (John Eves) project in later posts. But one of the main observations I have taken from my time at Novo Nordisk thus far is how dynamic the company, and specifically Product Supply, can be. Things can change at a moment’s notice and everything is in a state of flux.

The PS Graduate Organization

 This is the first year for Affiliate Diabetes Finished Product Sites (Clayton, USA; Montes Clares, Brazil; Chartes, France; and Tianjin, China) to have Graduates based for two rotations at their sites. Therefore, this is a time of many new opportunities and challenges. From a Graduate’s prospective, this means being one of the first people to help figure out how the Graduate Program would actually manifest in Clayton. This requires taking a leap of faith in order to come into the program knowing that this is somewhat new.

A part of being a Graduate also involves promoting the PS Program and explaining the role to both potential future candidates and fellow Novo Nordisk employees at the site, who have never worked alongside PS Graduates before. Throughout the four months that I have been at Novo Nordisk I have been asked many times what exactly a PS Graduate does, whether I was still in school (aka an intern), and if I was from another country. Some people even told me that my English was very good, assuming that being a Graduate meant that I must be from Europe. I took it as a good sign that my English sounded okay since I have lived in the US all of my life and then proceeded to explain the new PS Graduate Program organization and where I am actually from.  Despite not everyone knowing about the program, it is very well supported both here in Clayton and across the company.  I may have to explain what it means to be a Graduate many times but at the end of every conversation the response is always positive with people echoing what a great opportunity it is and offering any help they can give to me.

 

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John and I were featured on the back of the Site Clayton internal PSLife magazine. It was mailed to all local employees and put in the cafeteria. In case you were wondering, yes I did go through some good natured teasing due to it.

If you are interested in working for a company that truly values its employees, supports and drives continuous improvements, and strives to create a quality project, I encourage you to apply to the Product Supply Graduate Program. I look forward to sharing more about my project and introducing you to the other US PS Graduate, John, in my next post!

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3 Comments to The start of my Product Supply Graduate journey

  1. Posted December 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
    hjeff045 says:

    Thanks for your blog. I live in australia. I ampleted my b tech in cse. Now i am find the graduate jobs in australia. can you help[ me.

  2. Posted December 24, 2013 at 6:31 am | Permalink
    Samantha Walker Samantha Walker says:

    Hello!

    The best way to apply is to visit http://www.novonordisk.com/careers/graduate/product-supply_uk.asp and follow the instructions for how to apply. If you need more help let me know!

  3. Posted January 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
    Peaudeau Agathe says:

    You really “sell” this programme. I’m reading all (and I said ALL) the graduate’s programme experiences… and I just want to be one of happy choosen candidate too, writing about my experience as well.
    Thanks’ for you insights.
    Agathe (France)

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