As this blog has been created and developed for you to get an insight into what the graduate programme is and what you can experience during the programme, we asked the 2013 Management Graduates to tell us what makes the Graduate Programme special for them.
Find below their answer and enjoy the tour!
For those graduates who are also blogging we linked their names to their profile, so that you can easily continue reading about their graduate experience.
Xi, Global Finance Graduate
“Having tasks I like: From my university studies and internship experience, I knew that I am fond of Corporate Finance. It is important for me to do what I like, because that is where my motivation comes from.
Learn and become stronger: I am always excited about one thing – going outside my comfort zone and really testing myself what I can do. Taking calculated risk inspires me!
Feel like at home: I have always found managers and colleagues who respect and support me. It encourages me to step up to the plate in my role.”
Vicky, IO Graduate from Colombia
“In a short period of time, the different experiences that we have during the Graduate Programme allow us to see the company from different corners while expanding our professional network. We have the chance to have a steep learning curve within the business, which can be a challenge, but it really pushes the boundaries of our comfort zones and allows us to think outside the box. Altogether, I think being a graduate in Novo Nordisk is one of a kind opportunity to build an international, life-changing career!”
Tanya, Global Marketing Graduate
“Think of the graduate programme as getting a rare ticket for the best roller coaster out there. Prepare for a steep learning curve. Adapt to your new positions fast. Be ready for both ups and downs. Feel free to be vocal. Aim high, perform, but keep your balance. Hold on tight!”
“The programme can be adapted to each person; you have the flexibility to explore and involve yourself in different projects. Reaching out to people is easy and helps you navigate your way around the organisation.”
“The graduate programme is special to me because it is a unique way of being exposed to a multicultural work place, work in different parts of the world, gain a great network and participating in multiple training and development courses.”
“The graduate program is special to me because it embarks me on a journey of steep learning curves across 3 rotations cushioned with training programs and on-the-job learning. Hence, preparing me to take on a very responsible role within Novo Nordisk. We are all aware of how hard it is to land a decent job after graduation. It is a great privilege and a humbling experience to be selected amongst well-qualified applicants across the globe, and now, to be working with one of the best companies in the world. Finally, a sudden death of my grandfather was a wakeup call for me: diabetes claims people’s lives!!! The graduate program allows me to work and contribute towards a cause that is close to my heart.”
On, Business Processes Graduate
“There is a sense of open-mindedness and being down to earth amongst all the graduates – everyone is friendly, easy to talk to, help, sociable, FUN – and more importantly willing to have fun. The support of the graduate network (current graduates across different programme tracks and former graduates), is very strong and it makes me feel…calm (for lack of a better word), to know that I can always reach out for advice, help, and guidance at any moment and about anything. Additionally something that makes working for Novo Nordisk special and different from the rest, is you are making a difference in people’s and patient’s lives. This is a mentality the focus on patients is something that is reinforced every day.”
Mouna, IO Graduate from Algeria
“The graduate programme is for me a unique career path that I’m very glad to explore for many reasons:
Challenge: you are obliged to leave your comfort zone, and work in different business related areas (Marketing, Sales, Quality, Finance…) across the cultural barriers.
Solid experience: by taking up this challenge you will be awarded by a strong experience opening for you the doors of different opportunities.
Personal development: Besides the personal development plan and follow up, travelling and meeting colleagues and friends from the four corner of the world contribute on your personal development by improving your adaptation skills and your international knowledge.”
Mia, Business Processes Graduate
“For me, the graduate programme is special because it’s international, challenging and dynamic. First of all, as a graduate you are surrounded by other graduates from all over the world and as part of the programme you have to go abroad –for me, the international scope is the main thing to widen my horizon and get smarter. Moreover, the programme is challenging – on my first rotation I am managing a global project and am challenged every day, especially having to manage many different stakeholders at once. The programme is also dynamic – in 2 years you go to three different departments, working with three completely different areas of the business. This means that the learning curve is very steep and you get a good overview of the overall business after a short period of time.”
“The graduate programme is special for me because during a very short period of time you get exposure to so many parts of the organisation through three rotations in three different departments and countries and at three different business levels (global, regional, and local). In addition, you go on a two-year journey which is very well organised and managed. It is not just a ‘Trainee’ programme as I knew it from other companies (where you are often just a ‘cheap’ labour, not doing much more than during an internship), but a real programme including seminars, workshops, learning trips, language courses, etc. In particular, I like that this programme does not only focus on your professional development, but also your personal development!”
“By working for Novo Nordisk, I contribute to the fight against diabetes, one of the world’s most wide-spread epidemics. In doing so, I contribute to changing the life of millions of people diagnosed with the disease to the better – that is best motivation to go work every day.
By being enrolled in Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme, you are not only teamed up with the best people in the industry, you are also enrolled in one of the best graduate programmes there is. That keeps me on the toes and pushes me to continuously do better!
Novo Nordisk operates in 76 countries and markets its products in 180 countries around the world – the international opportunities with Novo are endless…”
Bruno, IO Graduate from Brazil
“The awesome thing about the graduate program in Novo Nordisk is that your manager will challenge you with important tasks, even though it might be your first professional experience. It is all about facing risks and putting yourself out there. And when I say ‘out there’ I mean really out there – perhaps overseas? This exposure and risky tasks will give you an incredible learning experience and lots of fun.”
Anne-Sophie, European Business Management Graduate
“Besides everything else that has been mentioned by the other graduates, the graduate programme is an incredible opportunity to get to fulfil yourself in so many ways it is difficult to keep track. You are your own master and every tool is given to you to reach your self-accomplishment, whether on a social, professional or values and ideals level. Dare take the risk and jump into it!”
The 2013 Business Graduate Team