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My Personal Mantra: Patience, Presence & Persistence

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Dear All,

You might be wondering why it has been silent on the blog for a while! Here’s the answer: all of the 2nd year graduates were busy moving on to their international rotations. So as Francesca has specified in her post a couple of months ago, we are pretty much spread out on the globe. Some of us stayed within Europe, others moved to Asia, South America or, like me, the US. You can find some pictures of my first weeks here below this post (scroll down).

I met a couple of you during the Graduate Recruitment Centre, which took place end of March in our HQ in Copenhagen. We are so excited to welcome our new graduates to the company in September! During the Recruitment Centre, a couple of you approached me and asked me about my career aspirations, how I define success and how I keep motivated. As I did not have an answer readily available from my back-pocket, you really made me think about these topics in more depth. It’s tough to put a name on each of these things and the points that I will mention in this post are probably not complying with any MECE rule that consultants use. But let’s get started!

1. Patience

A lot of recent graduates that just finished business school talk about fast-track careers, have a really high expectation about their starting salary and extremely narrowly defined set of responsibilities that they want to take on. And, quite honestly, I was one of them as well. Through my time at Novo Nordisk, I have really learned to appreciate patience when considering career aspirations. This is not to say that I am not ambitious, I sure am – this more means that patience and curiosity will most likely take me further than the perspective I had when I graduated from business school.

 2. Presence

There is a pretty good book about mindfulness called “Wherever you go, there you are”, written by Jon Kabat (who is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School teaching Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society). The concepts he describes are very applicable to a career as well. When you are present in your current job and dedicate all your resources to what you are doing in your current role, you will not only be able to reach your goals (e.g. change diabetes), but new career opportunities will most likely pop up as a result of that. That’s how I define success.

3. Persistence

The third and final point, persistence, is how I keep motivated. I am usually not someone who gives up after the first try, so if something doesn’t work, I try harder the second time. If things would always work the first time we do them, it would mean that we already know everything there is to know about a certain topic, and personally, that sounds very de-motivating to me. So being persistent, seeing things not working, but trying again, is what really motivates me in my job.

These three points have of course to be taken with a pinch of salt: the first two points on patience and presence, for example, require some degree of satisfaction with the role you are in. For the third point, persistence, I don’t mean that it isn’t frustrating to try things over again, but it for sure is motivating.

Anyways, I hope that this post gives you a perspective on your questions during the GRC. In my next post, I will cover what my new role here in the US is all about.

Feel free to post a comment should you have any reflections or questions!

All the best from Princeton,



Welcome message of the new team


My desk – with lovely gifts from my team in DK :)


Graduates everywhere – dinner in Princeton with Graduates from Regulatory Affairs, Global Development and Business IT!


Day at Jersey Shore


Charming Princeton

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10 Comments to My Personal Mantra: Patience, Presence & Persistence

  1. Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:16 pm | Permalink
    henry jimenez says:

    hi! I have a question, i want to know in what page i can see the programme, i have visited since the last year becouse my approach was to be in this year project but suddenly i just saw your post and already got the people to start on september of 2017, so that would it be posibble someone tell me when doest it really start?



  2. Posted August 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
    Claudia Claudia says:

    Hi Henry!

    Thx for your message and great to hear about your interest into the programs. The hiring for 2017 has been closed, as the programs start in September of each year. You are welcome to take a look at the process to be hired in September 2018, which can be found here:

    Please let me know if this answers your question!

    Best, Claudia

  3. Posted December 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
    Imene Bousmaha says:

    Hi, i have some questions too, i have a master’s degree in mangement and entrepreneurship, my graduation project was about one specific process optimisation methodology , so global process business is particularly intresting for me and i think i ‘ll apply for this one.

    Do you think i have a chance to be accepted in this one?

    At the same time i’m still curious about the international opertions business programme,could you please provide me with some information about this programme? , it isn’t familiar to me and i didn’t find valuble information in the net

    Also , is it possible to apply for sevral programmes at the same time to maximize my chances?

    kind regards,


  4. Posted January 2, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
    Claudia Claudia says:

    Hi Imene,

    Please excuse my delay in getting back to you – I was on vacation for the holidays. With a Master’s degree in management and entrepreneurship, you seem to be eligible for all business programs, as long as you fulfill all other requirements listed on the program page (you can access all program overview pages here, including the International Operations one). As long as you fulfill the requirements, I would strongly encourage you to apply. You can apply to more than one program, however you have to tailor your application to the specific program abd you do not necessarily increase your chances to be accepted. I suggest you review the content pages to identify the program most fitting your profile.

    The International Operations program is a local program, for which you have to be a legal resident of one of the countries listed on the overview page. The specific set up of the program depends on local conditions and can also be found on the webpage (click on the specific program name here:

    I really hope this information helps you and in case you have any other question, just let me know!

    All the best, Claudia

  5. Posted January 8, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
    NIPUN SARIN says:


    I have applied for this program.

    I wanted to ask if the condition of having 6 months international experience too rigid while screening candidates for first round?

    Can you please tell.


  6. Posted January 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
    Claudia Claudia says:

    Hi Nipun,

    Thanks for your comment. It is indeed a requirement for application to have a minimum of 6 months of international experience. That experience, however, does not have to come from a job abroad, but can come from internships, voluntary work or exchange semesters. I hope that clarifies.

    Best, Claudia

  7. Posted January 9, 2018 at 6:55 am | Permalink
    Nipun Sarin says:

    Hello Claudia, thanks for your prompt reply. In my last job having worked as a Consultant I worked with various global teams and my last job was of 2 yeARS duration. I have mentioned this in my video and motivation letter.

    Hope this helps in my application.


  8. Posted January 13, 2018 at 12:59 am | Permalink
    Claudia Claudia says:

    Thanks for the background info, Nipun, and sorry for the late response. Wishing you all the best in the selection process.

    Best, Claudia

  9. Posted January 24, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink
    Nipun Sarin says:

    When will results for first round of interview be declared?

  10. Posted January 24, 2018 at 11:45 pm | Permalink
    Claudia Claudia says:

    Hi Nipun,

    we are working full speed on the applications and will get back to everyone as soon as we can!

    Thanks for your patience :-)

    Best, Claudia

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