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Survival guide to reduce jetlag in the GRC (& something important)

Category: Business IT | 6 comments

For those selected, Congratulations! I look forward to seeing all of you in April! Those not called up, don’t be too upset. Remember to live life to the fullest! Do say ‘Hi’ to me if you see me on the streets one day! :D

When I was doing my Masters in Japan previously, I realized that there was a 8 hours’ time difference as compared to Denmark. Trust me, I was barely trying to stay awake, especially during Day 1 evening, when it was probably 3, 4am in Japan.

So, how can you still stay sharp & reduce the fatigue?

  1. Come to Denmark a few days earlier
    Spend the time to do some sightseeing and get your body adjusted. Novo Nordisk probably wouldn’t be paying the hotel accommodation if you come early, so you will have to make your own arrangements. In addition, taking a 16-hour flight that includes a transit is no joke. That was probably my longest flight ever as I was down and out. If you plan to take such a long flight and arrive at Denmark on 31st March, then good luck. You really need some rest prior to the GRC. Coming 2-3 days earlier definitely helped me, especially it was my first time ever entering Europe. I came here for a short holiday, had fun and even got a career here.. ;)
  2. Drink loads of water!
    Water keeps you awake! Trust me, sometimes when you sit down for discussion or having meals for too long, and once you start to idle, your jetlagged body starts to kick in and you will probably be in deep s**t. If you drink more water, you will tend to go to the toilet more frequent than your peers. This simple action of standing up, walking to the toilet, washing your face repeating really helped me survived. Sometimes, it might be too late to even wash your face after the jetlag kicks in. Of course, if you loved coffee and it keeps you aliveeeeee, then this could be an alternative.
  3. Stay out in the sun!
    Don’t just go to your hotel room and do research about Novo Nordisk. Spend as much time outside as you can. The exposure to sunlight will help your brain adjust to the new time zone. Otherwise, you can just take a short walk outside and do some simple exercises.

If you are still reading this blog entry, then I am going to reward you with something important on the GRC. Inevitably, there will be a session on the gruelling business case, where you discuss with your peers on a certain topic and present to the assessors. On previous years, the business case has been pretty general and all candidates will be working on the same theme/topic. This year, all programme tracks will have a specific business case, specially catered to each individual tracks. For example, Business IT candidates will be challenged on a case related to IT.

That’s all I can say. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun and reveal everything. My peers’ blog entries may also give some additional hints, so do check them out when you have the time.

Enjoy GRC, and may the odds be ever in your favour!

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6 Comments to Survival guide to reduce jetlag in the GRC (& something important)

  1. Posted March 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
    Jordan Smith says:

    Thanks for the advice, Jerome! I was wondering how candidates attempted to counteract the jetlag. I’ll have a 7 hour time difference coming from the US, and don’t arrive until 3PM the day before the interviews. This will mean the mornings of the GRC will be the most difficult for me to adjust to. In your experience, were the most difficult interviews/ group exercises in the morning, or in the evening?

    Best Regards,

  2. Posted March 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
    Jerome Wang says:

    Hi Jordan,

    My toughest period would be evenings, because that’s when I get pretty tired. The 2-day event will be fully packed all the way til 5.30pm on April 2, be it morning or evening. Do be prepared for that.. ;)

    I didn’t have the chance to speak to all potential candidates last year as there were too many of us. However, the people I met last year were mainly schooling in Europe, so they had no issues with the time difference. So, coming from a different timezone and to perform in 2 days will be a big challenge in the GRC. I’m a living example that I survived, so I’m sure you can do it too. :)

  3. Posted March 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
    Nadezda says:

    Thanks for the tip :D

  4. Posted March 24, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink
    Jerome Wang says:

    No prob! :D

  5. Posted March 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
    Jinay says:

    Hi Jerome,

    Thank you for all the tips. I am sure that would help. And from your picture, I’m sure you are as happy as I am these days ;). I look forward to seeing you at the GRC.

    Thanks & YNWA,


  6. Posted March 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink
    Jerome Wang says:

    Do catch me if you can during the GRC!


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