A bunch of graduates (to include myself) just finished a great trip to Boston where we were able to meet some great individuals interested in the Novo Nordisk Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme.
I will share a couple thoughts from the conference that may help as everyone makes his or her final preparations for application submission.
First, while we are looking for people who have scientific backgrounds (and thus are more than likely research-oriented), ensure that you make a connection to Regulatory Affairs. Check out websites like TOPRA.org or RAPS.org (both regulatory professional organizations) for some good information on what exactly Regulatory Affairs entails. No matter if you are a soon-to-be MSc or PhD (yes, PhD holders are more than welcome to apply), in your cover letter (and throughout the hiring process) there needs to be a strong demonstration of why you want to be a part of Regulatory Affairs and why you want to be a part of Novo Nordisk. If you are a PhD, there needs to be an even stronger demonstration of why you want to ‘switch directions’ and leave research to become a Regulatory Affairs professional. Remember, also, that you need to have either your MSc or PhD completed by the start date of the programme (Sept 2014).
Second, we are looking for someone who, in addition to being educationally qualified, has a holistic approach to life. This means that you should briefly talk (try to keep your cover letter to a page) about your extra-curriculars. Having a cool story to share or having really great hobbies (for example, does a lot of volunteer work, tutors on the side, cycled the Tour-de-France) is a distinguisher, so highlight anything and everything that makes you unique!
Ultimately, as I am sure you have heard before, be yourself throughout the entire process and the rest will take care of itself.
Good luck and don’t forget to apply before 9 Feb!