“A lot of different things,” I would be tempted to say. It is not an easy question to answer, but as it is probably a question many of you have at the top of your minds, I will try to answer it seen from my perspective in this blog post.
As you have probably heard by now, there is no fixed recipe attached to being a Business Processes Graduate. The three rotations are based on your personal profile, and can vary greatly in relation to the nature of the tasks and the area of the company you will be working in. One thing that does seem to be consistent though, is that Graduates get tasks that require a large degree of responsibility and get to manage their own projects. That means you are often pushed to leave your comfort zone and the learning curve is therefore very steep.
During my first rotation, I am working on many different projects, but the main project I am working on and also managing on a daily basis is a global strategy project. My task has been to take lead in designing a global strategy process for communication, roll out a pilot in different parts of the organisation, and give my recommendations for how to improve the process going forward. As you can imagine, a global project involves many different people, and my most important task is therefore to navigate around the complex business and manage a lot of different stakeholders, entailing a large number of meetings and presentations. This is the most exciting, but at the the same time also the most challenging part of the project.
As part of the project, I recently organised a strategy workshop, where 40 people were gathered to kick off the process. To help facilitate the different sessions, a number of Managers and strategy experts from Marketing joined us. In the picture below you see Victoria – Global Project Manager (and earlier European Business Management Graduate), Wei – Global Marketing Director (and earlier Business Processes Graduate) and myself discussing the outcome from one of the workshop sessions.
I won’t go into more detail with this project now, but this is just to show that as a Graduate you will get a lot of responsibility, but a lot is also expected from you; both academically and people-wise, as you will have to work with many different people from many different cultures – both organizational and geographically.
If you have a recent master degree and think that the above sounds like something you would enjoy, I think you should hurry up and write your application. Deadline is just around the corner – 9 February 2014.
Click here to select your programme and apply: www.novonordisk.com/graduates.