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Why I joined despite having no background in pharmaceuticals

Category: International Operations Business | 4 comments

“Why don’t you try applying in the pharmaceutical industry?,” I was asked in one of the networking events I attended in May 2014. Little did I know then, that question would have a big factor in my life. I never pictured myself to be working in the pharmaceutical industry because it was very foreign to me until that very faithful Saturday night.

During the last few months of business school, I was really active in attending networking events hoping to get valuable connections and of course, eating free food! Although networking events were really challenging for me because I came from a reserved culture, I needed to do what I had to do. I was an unemployed business student with my graduation looming so I felt extremely pressured. I’m certain that most of you can relate to that feeling too.

So here I was with my plate full of cocktail food (yes, free food is always good!), going around the hall and doing my 30 second elevator spiel to new acquaintances. I was doing that until my classmate grabbed me and introduced me to this executive who said she worked for a global pharmaceutical company. As I was very curious and interested, I asked her what she does and if she had a prior background in medicine. She said that to be in this industry, you don’t necessarily need a science or medicine background because the companies would teach you what you needed to know and train you with tools once you are in your business role. With those words, I got more curious so I asked her more questions. One of my questions was “if there’s one thing that she likes the most in this industry, what would it be?” and she said that she’s passionate about making an impact on the lives of people and this business directly does that. Once again, those words raised my interest because I also want to do something that would benefit peoples’ lives. As usual in networking events, I also told her about my background and what I wanted after I graduate. That’s when she asked me the question that changed my life’s direction.

As I was trying to sleep that night and reflecting on that question, I was browsing several companies and job openings in the pharmaceutical industry. It was my first time to look at the industry. Three phrases stood out in one of the job search engines; Novo Nordisk. Business Graduate Programme. In The Philippines.

It was one of those eureka moments and I immediately went out of my bed to read about the company and the programme’s requirements. After researching a bit and reading the blogs, I was really impressed and it swept me off my feet. I knew right there and then that I wanted this position. I really wanted to be part of a global company with the right ethical standards, where I could also grow and learn as an individual. The International Operation Business Programme provided me with all of that. I didn’t wait for the next day to submit all the required documents, I was that excited, despite the deadline being 2 months away!

In my next post, I will share the next steps that I took to get to that first interview. Stay tuned.

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4 Comments to Why I joined despite having no background in pharmaceuticals

  1. Posted December 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
    Imran says:

    Hello Paul,
    Waiting for the next part of the blog ! I too got interested in Novo Nordisk because it feels the right fit for me, a global company which takes care of its employees as well as being the best in its field. Waiting to know the steps that helped you to get the first interview.

  2. Posted December 7, 2015 at 10:06 am | Permalink
    Paul Paul says:

    Hello Imran,

    Thank you, I will be posting it within the week. For the meantime, you can continue reading the other blogs for more information on how to prepare for the first interview.

    Best regards,

    Paul

  3. Posted December 9, 2015 at 11:38 am | Permalink
    Maybel says:

    Hello Paul,

    I was wondering how you did your video? Did you answer the question in a formal way or did you do some funny antics or whatsoever?

  4. Posted December 12, 2015 at 4:34 am | Permalink
    Paul Paul says:

    Hello Maybel!

    It’s very important to be yourself in answering the question. You can also check out Sofie’s blog for more tips; http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2015/12/07/mastering-your-video-application-dos-and-donts/

    Make sure you’re crisp and concise! Good luck!

    Best regards,
    Paul

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