As you are planning to apply for a graduate position in Novo Nordisk, you might wonder what daily life as a graduate looks like. For this purpose I thought that a screenshot of my Outlook calendar could give you a good idea. So let me take you through my week from 12-16 December 2016.
A week in my (corporate) life: click the picture to see a larger version
Monday: Every Monday morning at 9.00, R&D Business Support (where I have my first rotation) gathers around a board to go through the week. Each person presents his/her tasks for the week ahead, gives a status on ongoing projects and addresses potential concerns within these projects. For my manager it is a good way to get a quick overview of how things are progressing and redistribute resources if needed. At 10.30 I had a meeting with my graduate manager Annemarie. For this meeting we went through my MBTI profile, which I had completed a couple of weeks earlier. MBTI is a personality profile you can use to understand yourself better both professionally and privately. For your information I am an ESTJ but one personality type is not more suited than others to the graduate programme. Brandon (INTP) and Francesca (ESFP) are great examples of non-ESTJs!
Tuesday: I started my day in the Novo Nordisk offices in Søborg. Together with two colleagues, I work on digital health. Digital health is about everything related to a person’s health that can be captured digitally, and how that information can be turned into practical insights that will help us living healthier and happier lives. For diabetics it can be blood glucose monitoring that is connected through Bluetooth to a smartphone. The patients’ insulin pens can also be connected to the phone and based on the data inflow from the blood glucose monitoring and the insulin pen, an app can guide the patients on optimum dosing to achieve desired treatment outcomes. Bad adherence is a big problem within diabetes, which is explained in the ‘Rule of Halves’. This rule says that only 6% of all diabetics achieve desired treatment outcomes – hopefully smart integration of digital technology and medicine can increase that number in the future.
Wednesday: The green boxes in my calendar are meetings related to a project where we strive to “lean” (make smarter, cheaper, faster) our reporting on R&D projects that management receives once a month. Coming from a non-IT background it has been interesting to learn how different IT systems work together and realise how many individuals are actually involved in such a reporting process. The sheer name of the Business Processes Graduate programme indicates that you should have some kind of interest in processes and use your analytical skills to address where different processes can be optimised to ensure quality, lower complexity and in some cases reduce costs.
Thursday: “OCM planning” in the blue box means “organisational change management”. Through two years some of my colleagues and an external vendor have worked on developing a new IT system for managing Novo Nordisk’s many research projects. The technical part of the system is now developed and done for now. The next phase is about making the system “alive” to the users and I have helped the project team with planning and ensuring that all (future) users sign up and receive the right training. Throughout January and February we will run 30 training sessions of 2-3 hours which requires some time and effort to plan and execute. As the development of the system as such is done, it is very important to ensure a good handover to the users so they will actually start using the system. In the evening I went to a talk/dinner with graduates from Novo Nordisk, PwC, Danske Bank and Maersk.
Friday: Friday is the department’s breakfast day where we have a good time. Sometimes we also have relevant speakers coming to present and share their knowledge. After working with the monthly report and training planning, the workweek ended with a traditional Danish “julefrokost” for all first-year graduates in Novo Nordisk.
I hope it gave some insights into the daily life of a Business Processes Graduate – feel free to ask/comment below and don’t forget to sign up for the Novo Nordisk Global Talent Pipeline!