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Take a look into my calendar – what a week as a graduate looks like

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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.

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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!

Best,
Albert

 

 

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Questions to myself – a year ago

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Hi Everyone!

Today, I’m answering my own questions that I had before I applied, hoping that they are somewhat similar to the questions you might be having right now.

1) Should I choose the Global Marketing or the Global Business Processes Programme?

Both these tracks appealed to me, when I researched which programmes were out there. So how did I make the decision which one to choose? First of all, I have always been interested in marketing – it was my favourite class in university, I graduated majoring in marketing and on top of that, I wrote both my Bachelor and Master thesis on that topic. Still, I worried about regretting the early specialisation later on. That’s why the Business Processes Programme caught my eye: the possibility to look into very different parts of the business sounded just too tempting. In the end, and after talking to my friends and family, I decided to go for Global Marketing though. Why? Because the field offers so much breadth in itself that I wouldn’t call it a very narrow specialisation. On top of that, it isn’t said that you really have to stay within marketing after “graduating” from the programme.

2) Do I want to work in marketing in the Pharma industry?

For me, pharmaceutical marketing has always been an interesting topic. While I was sort of “branded” by my family (they all work in the pharma industry), it was tempting to me to develop marketing strategies within the boundaries of regulation. Personally, I’ve always been inspired by building strategies around obstacles, applying what you’ve learned to a context you are not yet familiar with. I wanted to work in an industry that is evolving, yet constantly changing (read more about that topic in a really interesting report here). On top of that, you actually have a positive impact on patient’s health, bringing life-changing products to the market. Without Novo Nordisk’s diabetes products, for example, millions of people with diabetes would not live the life they are able to live right now. That’s why I chose to work in pharmaceutical marketing. While the graduate program exposes to a lot of tasks on a strategic level, rotations in smaller affiliates as well as the sales rotation ensure hands-on operational learning, which was also a deciding factor for me.

3) Where does this get me?

Being with the company for a couple of months now, I have found former graduates in many parts of the organisation. Did you know that the majority of former graduates stay with the company after finishing the program? Even better: Did you know that our new CEO, Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, used to be a graduate himself? So it is safe to say that the graduate program can open the path to a truly life-changing career – it’s you who’s controlling the gears!

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climbing up there

4) So… Should I apply?

In the end, I decided to just give it a go. I knew that competition would be tough but if you never try you’ll never know. Looking back, I can only say that I definitely treasure the moment when I decided to hand in my application (~2 minutes before the deadline) and I remember the moment I got the call saying I landed the job just like it was yesterday.

I hope my thoughts are valuable to you as well and can guide you in your decision of which programme to apply to (BTW: application starts January 20, so make sure you have everything ready :-) ). In my next blogpost, I will tell you the story of how I got to know the company and what convinced me that it’s the company I want to work for. Until then, have a read on Anne’s post on all entry-level opportunities at Novo Nordisk.

All the best,

Claudia

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Is a graduate position the only option?

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The answer to that question, is of course no! There are many ways to kick-start your career in Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk is a global leader within diabetes care, and to continue our business success we need to attract young, qualified people, including students and recently graduated talents. In this blog post, I will take you through some of the many opportunities within Novo Nordisk. Below you will find three sections, based on your graduation timeframe, which will make it easier for you to find the most relevant information. As I imagine that a lot of you reading this blog are students, I will focus a little extra on the student opportunities in Novo Nordisk and base it on my own experience back when I was a Public Health student.

 

Graduated in 2016 or 2017? Apply for a graduate position!

If you graduated in 2016 or will graduate this year, you can apply for a graduate position. As you probably already know, the Novo Nordisk graduate programme is a talent programme for recently graduated master students. In 2017 we offer 30 global graduate positions within Research & Development, Finance & Procurement, and Marketing, Business & HR. Within these three categories, you can choose between 11 different programmes, including both a Global and a European market access track. As I wrote in my last blog post, I am part of the European Market Access programme, which is a new programme covering an extremely exciting area of the business. The market access environment is becoming increasingly challenging and therefore it will become more and more important.

You can read a lot more about the graduate programmes in the posts on this blog or find more information on the website here. Apply from 20 January 2017 until 12 February 2017 by completing the online application and by providing a 1-minute video of yourself explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Keep an eye out for blog posts in the near future touching upon the application process or read some of the older posts, like this one or this one.

 

Graduated in 2015 or earlier? Apply for a full-time position!

A graduate position is a unique and amazing opportunity, but it is not the only way to get your life-changing career going. Novo Nordisk is a big and successful company with more than 40,000 employees in over 75 countries. So, naturally a lot of interesting positions are available within various areas. Novo Nordisk believes in making a difference to both patients and society, but we also believe that it is crucial to grow and develop employees in order to make such a difference. Therefore, by joining Novo Nordisk – in any full-time position – you will experience a strong focus on personal and professional development. For example, you might encounter the talent and leadership development programme, and you will definitely come across the individual development plan, which includes both short-term and long-term goals for your career. So, if you don’t see a track in the graduate programmes that speaks to your professional interest or if you are graduating outside of the timeframe, there are still plenty of exciting job opportunities! You can see all available positions here and sign up for the email job agent here.

 

Don’t have a master degree yet? Apply for one the many student opportunities!

If you are a student and will graduate in 2018 or later, you still have the possibility to get to know Novo Nordisk better. Novo Nordisk is very interested in getting to know the talents of tomorrow, including students taking the first step on their career path. For that reason, Novo Nordisk offers internships, student assistant jobs and even has a yearly case competition called Innovation in Action. While I was a Public Health student, I participated in the case competition and I had an Internship for six months working full-time.

Innovation in Action is a unique opportunity to show your talent, test your problem solving skills, and network with other students and employees from Novo Nordisk, including people from top management. The case competition is an intense one-day event where students are challenged to work together and present their solution to a real and highly relevant case. The case competition is relevant for master students from all academic backgrounds, nationalities and universities. In order to be selected, you must demonstrate that you are a team-player and that you have a creative and innovative mind-set.

I participated in Innovation in Action in the fall of 2015, where the case asked us to come up with an innovative approach to how Novo Nordisk can contribute to improving the education of healthcare professionals on obesity and on its treatment options. Participating in Innovation in Action was my first encounter with Novo Nordisk, and I was happy to confirm my positive view of the company. I had a great experience and my fantastic team even ended up winning the case competition!

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Innovation in Action 2015

 

Novo Nordisk offers a lot of different internships and they are a great way for master students to get valuable, hands-on work experience. It is an opportunity for a unique learning experience and a chance to turn theory into practice. To work as a Novo Nordisk intern, you are expected to be ambitious and willing to learn. So, if you are eager to start a life-changing career in Novo Nordisk, like I was, read more about internships here and find the available positions here.

I started an internship in Cities Changing Diabetes and became even more excited about working for Novo Nordisk. The Cities Changing Diabetes programme is Novo Nordisk’s response to the urgent challenge caused by the dramatic rise of urban diabetes. This was the perfect match for a Public Health enthusiast like me, especially because I got to work with research and evidence generation both quantitatively and qualitatively. I learned a lot and took so many positive experiences with me into the graduate programme – I can highly recommend spending six months on an internship, if you want to get a feeling of how it is to work in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

 

To tie a bow on my student experiences with Novo Nordisk, I had the opportunity to come up with the case for Innovation in Action 2016, where the challenges with urban diabetes in Shanghai (part of the Cities Changing Diabetes programme) became the topic. Furthermore, I facilitated a Danish group and the winning group from the US, who was invited to Denmark to present to Novo Nordisk’s top management together with the winning group from Denmark. This was a great experience, having been in the students’ shoes just one year before.

 

I hope you found this overview of the many possibilities in Novo Nordisk valuable and please reach out by writing a comment if you have any questions or comments.

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What makes Novo Nordisk different?

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Similar to the thoughts that were running through my head when first considering a career in pharma, I’m sure a number of you have wondered: “Could I work for a pharmaceutical company? What about the controversy in the news? Is it really ‘big bad’ pharma?” While hot topics like drug pricing have become an easy target in healthcare systems with deeper systemic issues, controversy in the pharmaceutical industry certainly is present.

However, when taking a deeper look at the major players in the industry, Novo Nordisk stood out to me as a more “human” company – particularly in the way it stresses business ethics and social responsibility. Four months into my first rotation in Global Market Access, I can confirm that this is true and that I am continuously impressed with the contributions Novo Nordisk makes to diabetes care and patient outcomes, globally.

Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Novo Nordisk integrates the Novo Nordisk Way into every aspect of its operations. The ten Essentials of the NN Way outline the core values by which management and employees act in their daily activities, ensuring a commitment to a patient centred business approach, products of the highest quality and ethical business practices – among other things.
  1. Relating to Essential #3, the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an impressive management system that ensures social, financial and environmental considerations are taken into account in business decisions. The TBL not only ensures long-term business success, but also guarantees that Novo Nordisk is an industry-leader in sustainability. Moreover, NN’s commitment to social responsibility means that we go “beyond the pill” (or pen in our case) to deliver a holistic approach to diabetes care, including programs that raise awareness, improve prevention, promote earlier diagnosis, and expand access to care.
  1. So far, what has impressed me most is Novo Nordisk’s commitment to the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). The WDF, founded in 2002, aims to address diabetes-related needs of the poorest countries in the world – improving prevention and access to care, as well as advocating for patients and engaging key stakeholders. In one of Lars Rebien Sørensen’s last speeches as Novo Nordisk CEO, he spoke passionately about the work Novo Nordisk does with the WDF: building diabetes treatment centres, improving access to insulin for children with type 1 diabetes, reducing foot amputation rates, et cetera. Hearing of these activities, humbly carried out without significant media coverage, made me proud to work for Novo Nordisk and thankful for choosing the graduate programme.

As a part of the Global Market Access Programme – and similar to what attracted me to Novo Nordisk in the first place – I get to play a major part in improving patient access and outcomes around the world.  Working together with other stakeholders in the healthcare sector to improve diabetes care is not only exciting, but makes for extremely rewarding work.

I hope this post provided a valuable look at the human side of the industry and a deeper understanding of the values held at Novo Nordisk.

Happy New Year!

Brandon

Laura and I - the first batch of Global Market Access Graduates.

Laura and I – the first batch of Global Market Access Graduates.

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From Kathmandu to Global Business Processes

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So you are about to wrap up your master from a good school, you have scored somewhat good grades, you might have had interesting internships and student jobs but you still keep asking yourself: what am I REALLY good at? Where can I contribute on a professional level and where should I start my career?

If you recognise the scenario above, you should read on. Because that was where I was one year ago. Just returning from exchange at George Washington University and in the early stage of my thesis writing I started to look into opportunities for post-studying life. A banner advertising for “life-changing careers” caught my interest and I started reading about the Novo Nordisk graduate programme. With no prior insights or experience in pharma, I didn’t see myself as an obvious candidate. Still, I found the structure of the graduate programme super attractive as the two years as a graduate would likely enable me to answer the questions from the first paragraph. I applied the Global Business Processes programme which I found to be a good match for my generalist profile as a master student in International Business & Politics. I was invited for a Skype interview, then I progressed to the recruitment centre and in the end I was offered the position which I accepted without hesitation.

Throughout the assessment process I became more and more keen on working in Novo Nordisk the more I learned about the company and the more I talked to people working for the company. I have been very happy about my choice and four months into my first rotation in R&D Business Support I have only been confirmed in my good impression of the company and people working here.

So why was I offered a position? Here are my (non-validity checked) guesses:

Up for challenges
I’m not afraid of taking on new challenges be it privately or professionally. If you have a positive attitude and thrive under change the programme might be something for you. When you come out of university you are far from a ‘finished product’ (you might never be…) and only by saying yes to challenges you develop yourself.

Global mind-set
When I finished high school I went to a small village in Nepal to volunteer as a teacher in English and Sports in a public school. I learned about how people can live in supposedly poor settings but still be just as happy as anywhere in the world. My time in Nepal gave me a drive for pursuing an international career and work in a company that has global impact. Since Nepal, I studied in the U.S. for two semesters and I cannot wait to go abroad and work for a Novo Nordisk affiliate on my second rotation from 1 May 2017.

Someone you would want to have a beer with
In presidential elections in the U.S. it’s often the guy/girl you’d want to have a beer with that wins the election. The other candidate might be better on ‘hard skills’ but politics as well as business is very much about interpersonal skills if you are to succeed. In such a big organisation as Novo Nordisk you need to be able to build personal relations to colleagues from your own department but also throughout the organisation. Not because you are forced to, but because it is a natural part of who you are. Being part of the graduate programme has already given me a fantastic network and through summer house trips, off-sites, dinners and parties I learn a lot about the company simply by having a good time with my fellow graduates.

In my next blog I will tell more about my second rotation where I will go outside the comfortable settings of headquarter and Denmark.

All the best,
Albert

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Why the Novo graduate programme? My Four P-s job mix!

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“Graduate Programme or full-time position? Home or abroad? Generalist or specialist track?” Many questions were going on in my mind one year ago, as I was looking for the right job after business school. No answer was obvious to me, and career events seemed to have become a new hobby… I blamed my indecision on my curiosity and desire to not limit my possible scenarios…In reality, I felt a lot of pressure in making a decision towards my first, real job. If you somehow also feel this way, I will share with you how and why I found an instant match with the Novo Nordisk Business Processes Programme!

So let’s press forward one year!

I am now a Global Business Processes graduate at Novo Nordisk (long names sound quite official, don’t they), and I am really enjoying my first rotation in the Triple Bottom Line Value and Impact team, which falls under the Communications, Relations and Sustainability department. How did I end up in this programme? Reflecting back to my applications, I realised that four elements were the key decision criteria. What am I talking about? People, place, progress and purpose…a.k.a. my Four P-s job mix!

People: “If I start at a big pharmaceutical company, what will my colleagues be like? Can I learn from the people around me? Can I build a meaningful network?” If you share these concerns, well, then it’s worth knowing more about this programme.

It is not a coincidence that People is the first P of this mix. In fact, I believe this is one of the programme’s main assets. As a graduate, you are exposed to an incredible network of people, and they are people like you! By rotating in three different departments, you build relations with colleagues from the most diverse areas.

In my current role, I am exposed to people with interesting mind-sets and skills that I might not find in any finance or marketing department. Most of them have been with the company for many years, which is for me not only a source of inspiration but also an important source of expertise and experience that I can consult any time. The atmosphere is easy going (not what one would expect from a pharma company), and if I have questions (and trust me, I have many!) my colleagues are always happy to help. Humbleness and respect are not just words on paper in the company.

Meanwhile, I can count on my ‘graduate family’: a mix of international and like-minded colleagues who either are or have been part of one of Novo Nordisk’s graduate programmes. It is extremely helpful to have people around you who are or have been in the same situation and with whom you can discuss ideas, share feelings and, equally important, have fun! I live with another graduate, Claudia (great blogger, too!), and it is a lot of fun!

The business and marketing graduates during the introduction week

Place: Industry, company, country and rotations are all components of my second P – Place.

When I applied for the programme, I had never worked in pharma, and I was not committed to any industry. However, I saw pharma as a secure industry with a bigger purpose, complex dynamics and varied career opportunities – all elements that fulfilled my ‘place’ criteria. Complexity and size often bring in processes and stakeholders, slowing down the decision making. For some, this might be a frustrating aspect. I personally see it as an interesting opportunity to learn how to work with and adapt to new processes and stakeholders.

In geographic terms, Copenhagen is quite an ideal place to live in: you can bike around everywhere, nothing is too far! There’s art, music, good food, nice parks for burning off the good food, and a fun nightlife. I am also learning Danish (life might be too short to learn it, though!) and will be living here until the end of April and then coming back for my last rotation in January 2018.

At the moment, I am also very excited to be moving to a new country soon. How often do you get to work and live for 8 months in places like Canada, Australia, Thailand, Chile…? Rotation options vary from marketing to R&D, finance, consulting…you name it! Of course, flexibility should be part of your personality; if you are focused on one particular aspect, the Business Processes programme might not be ideal for you. In order to learn and enjoy the programme to its fullest, you have to be open to unexpected rotations and be curious to learn about different aspects of the business. So, if change and novelty stimulate you, then this programme will make you happy!

The graduate team during a factory visit

Progress: You can be in an amazing place with wonderful people, but if there is no potential for growth, things will get boring pretty fast, don’t you think?! This is why my third P is about Progress – namely potential for personal and professional development.

As I already mentioned, the graduate programme is perfect for exploring different areas of the business. In complete honesty, I don’t think I would have ever considered working in corporate sustainability myself, but I am learning about concepts and aspects of the business that turned out to be really stimulating. Moreover, as a graduate, you get to attend project management courses, workshops and practical trainings.

In terms of personal development, you have regular individual meetings with both your graduate manager and your host manager, where you can discuss about work-related but also personal challenges and opportunities. Overall, the focus on both hard and soft skills is what I really like about this programme!

Three-day project management course in Favrholm

Purpose: My fourth and last P is probably the one that distinguishes Novo Nordisk from most companies out there. Having tried other industries before and realised that I wanted more than just money and responsibility, I purposely looked for a company with a positive impact on society. I am proud to work for a company that is working to improve the lives’ of people with chronic diseases. Especially now, in corporate sustainability, I see how Novo Nordisk engages in initiatives that go way beyond the simple sale of drugs. Being part of such culture inspires and motivates me greatly. At the end of the day, I want to be proud to tell my friends and family where I work, don’t you?

I hope this post provided you with some useful food for thought. Please reach out if you have questions and I look forward to sharing with you my upcoming adventures. Stay tuned!!

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Application Tips to those applying to become a Graduate

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Wondering what recruitment specialists are really looking for? What you will need to get through the graduate recruitment?
Lee Millian, a senior Talent Attraction specialist from our R&D division, has shared his application tips for future applicants! 

Competition is intense for graduate positions in any company.  Often there are hundreds, if not thousands of applications for each position.  You need to stand out from the crowd! This is certainly no different at Novo Nordisk.

It is a good idea to start thinking about applying early and to prepare yourself thoroughly.  In my capacity as Senior Talent Attraction Professional I am the person globally responsible for university relations for Novo Nordisk R&D. I have a number of years of experience of graduate recruitment and have looked through more graduate applications than I dare to remember.  I would like to offer my own personal tips to future applicants.  They are also tips which can be applied to any job application.

  • Read the job advertisement carefully – make sure you are fulfilling as many of the specified job requirements as possible in your application. I advise people to make a list of the skills and attributes the company is looking for.
  • Targeted and Specific – ensure every application you write is targeted towards that specific role. It is obvious to recruiters when you have just used the same general CV and cover letter.  Do not be general, but be precise.
  • Research – show in your application that you have really researched the industry, company, department and employees. The more you can show this the more recruiters can see how much you really want that specific position.  As an example, mention company projects which interest you.  Use as many sources of research as possible.  Make sure you have at the very least read the company website very carefully
  • Examples – use examples to back up statements you make. Just writing “I am good team player” is not as strong as backing it up with a specific positive example.
  • Well-structured application – make sure your application is well structured and “easy on the eye”. Remember, that your CV and cover letter are the first impressions we get of you.
  • Details – It is often the small details which count. As an example, make sure you do a spell check.
  • Exclude irrelevant points – Try not to include irrelevant points. Even if you are very proud of a particular achievement, if it is not at all relevant to the position you are applying for use the limited space more effectively.
  • Network – use your network as much as possible to answer questions you may have and give tips.
  • A second pair of eyes – I advise people to get someone they know and trust to look through their application before sending it. Another pair of eyes can see the application in a different light.
  • Passion! – try to show your passion for the industry, company, department and position. A good way for graduates to do this is by being active in relevant student societies.  Also to take part in company and industry related presentations, lectures and events.


Hopefully the above points will help you in some way. They can not of course guarantee anyone an interview, but they will improve your chances.  Good luck and maybe I will meet or interview you in the near future!

All the best with the application process! For more tips, advice and graduate insights read more of the blog posts full of guidance from former graduates, for e.g. this post by Nicolas on how to prepare for the interview.

 

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The world is our playground – where has the Global Business Processes Graduates been rotated in the world?

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Having sat in your position just about a year ago, I remember wondering where that could be. Where in the world could I go?

Being a Global Business Processes graduate means that you are rotating between departments every eight months and on your second rotation you will get the opportunity to go abroad! As the Global Business Processes Graduate Program Managers, Ove and Caroline says, the world is our playground, and you could really go almost anywhere, well at least where Novo Nordisk has an office. That said, where you go on your second rotation depends very much on the business needs at the moment and where you fit into the organization in terms of both your skills and the opportunity at the various locations.

While you are on your first rotation, your program manager(s) will collect information on where you would like to go, which business area you are interested in, projects that interest you, your personal development interests and so forth. They use this feedback when allocating the graduates to their second host department.

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As you can see above, graduates have been to different corners of the world. Mexico City, Zurich, Princeton and Tokyo, illustrates some of the more recent rotations the Global Business Processes Graduates have been rotated to. It is pretty exciting to think of the many opportunities working at such a large company, with affiliates in 75 countries around the world, provides its graduates!

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Those questions you all would like to ask a current Global Business Processes graduate

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It is clear that ‘Business Processes’ is quite confusing to some: what does it actually mean? What do you do? What background do you need for it? And why should you choose this programme?

While I will not answer each question specifically, I hope that my story will provide some light to the questions and how you can use them to figure out if this is the right career move for you.

I would like to start by telling you why Global Business Processes was the right choice for me personally. Being young and fresh out of university, with limited work experience, I found myself questioning what I wanted to do with my life and saw an ocean full of opportunities. Coming from a background within International Business and Management of Creative Processes, it was clear that even throughout my education I chose a broad study direction and had broad interests. On the one hand, that opened many doors, however, on the other hand, it didn’t provide me with clarity in regards to what I wanted to do in my career. While I was puzzled, some things were clear about how I liked to work, areas of interest and values that were important to me.

For one, I am a generalist that enjoys several areas within business and I am an explorer, naturally curious and being challenged within new areas drives me. Secondly, working on projects, which are time and resources limited, is to me, yet another exciting way to work. Thirdly, leading and project management, being given that responsibility excites me. Lastly, I have always been involved with volunteer work and ultimately can’t see a better way to combine the passion for making an impact with my every day work.

So how does that apply to Business Processes? Well… There is no right formula or answer, but after having researched specific available positions and other graduate programs, none of them to the same extent allowed me to cover a broad area and discover which area within business could be the right one for me, while including the elements of exploring, developing, being challenged from day one and of course ultimately really making an impact. Moreover, l should not forget it is global for a reason, and working in this program you must have that international mind-set, and see the world as your playground. That is why this program fit my profile and personality extremely well.

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What does Global Business Processes then mean, and what could you end up working within? Well, honestly ‘business’ is a broad terminology to use and Novo Nordisk is a very big organization, so the answer to that is likewise very broad. There are so many exciting areas within business where you may end up working, and processes that touch several lines of business. Being a graduate is both about developing professionally and personally, and your program manager will make sure that you are rotated within areas which interest you, fit your background, and meanwhile also allow you to explore new areas on the same time – on top of that Novo Nordisk is a global company with offices around the world. You could go anywhere and work across areas of business that touch several elements globally.

We are currently seven graduates that started in September 2015, we all work within very different areas – from R&D, Supply Chain Management, to in-house consulting and Talent Attraction. From experience I can say, don’t worry about where you will start; somehow my graduate manager(s) knew me better than I knew what I wanted to do myself, and you will try different areas within your three rotations. I am currently half way through my first rotation sitting in the area of Corporate Talent Attraction, where we are all about supplying the business with talent and attracting potential new employees. I personally work with branding Novo Nordisk as an attractive place to work, within digital acceleration, implementing a new global content system and on a vendor management project ensuring compliance and quality. Broad, different and very new tasks, that have so far been extremely fun, challenging and eye opening. I have been able to drive my own project, apply for projects, work cross-functionally with other departments, learn new skills and provide valuable work to the organization. To finish, I would say I am extremely happy about my current position, sad to leave it in a few months as it is just getting really exciting and on the same time curious about what the next will bring, where I will go and what I will learn next.

So let’s return to the questions: what does it actually mean? What do you do? What background do you need for it? And why should you choose this programme? Global Business Processes enraptures many different business areas, which means you could work within many different areas that fit with the need of the organization and your personal background and interests. That also means that you may have different educational background and experience, and we acknowledge uniqueness and personality. As a fellow co-graduate, Paul,  writes in an interview with the business hiring managers “Have the courage to be you—we do not have a stereotype of what a graduate should be..” and to answer the last question: why should you choose this programme? well, consider your fit with a Novo Nordisk, our values, being a graduate, and how you would like to develop your career path.

I could keep going, but will leave you with those thoughts and if I didn’t cover your question, please add it in a comment and I will make sure to answer it or cover it in my next post!

Don’t forget the deadline is approaching so read more and apply here.

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Mastering your Video Application – Do’s and Don’ts!

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Do’s and Don’ts.

Before uploading your application, make sure to prepare for the one minute video that you will have to record! I have listed a few tips and tricks you should consider when getting ready for the recording – and yes, do think about it before. Most of you will experience a difficult time fitting everything you would like to say into one minute, most of you will do a lot of re-takes and it’s pretty difficult to be satisfied with the final results (at least if you are a perfectionist like myself!).

Do

  1. Be yourself – I know, this is said several times, but it is really true. At Novo Nordisk it is very important to find a candidate that fits into the organization and the Novo Nordisk Way. Not to repeat what the host managers have already advised you, but I remember from my own feedback that they really appreciated my honest and open personality. This piece of advice is of course applicable for the entire recruitment process.
  2. Speak clearly and with confidence – I just recently found that old piece of paper with my “script” notes answering Why should we hire you as a global business processes graduate – which I later transferred onto a few post-it’s with key words I had hanging on the lamp in front of me.
  3. Structure your story line – There is nothing less convincing than someone reading from a script, rather imagine you are sitting in front of someone. I personally had my friend do the filming so I spoke directly to her rather than into a camera. Make sure to practice what you want to say before, whether you speak into the air, look into the mirror, practice with your friend or your teddy bear, doesn’t really matter.
  4. Prepare for action! – First impressions are important, if you are filming in the morning, make sure to drink your coffee first and look awake! It’s your personality that is important, so make sure that it shines through.
  5. Prepare your “recording studio” – As I’ve highlighted above, first impressions are important and this is your opportunity to really make a great impression. Therefore, here is a few tips:
    1) Don’t leave your washing machine on while you record or have your neighbor’s loud music playing in the back,
    2) Sit with enough light to have a good quality video – that means have the light shine towards you not behind you!
    3) Make eye contact by looking into the camera, don’t watch yourself on the screen
    4) Don’t film yourself from below, (it’s never a good idea) rather keep the camera straight on or slightly from above
    5) Have a “clean” background -no one wants to see your messy closet or an unmade bed in the background. This may sound silly, like it shouldn’t matter, but it does. Draw attention to yourself and not everything else around you.

Don’t

  1. Speak as fast as you can to say as much as you can within the minute – it is not how much you say that matters, but what you say.
  2. Spend a long time creating a fancy home edited video – don’t forget they want to see you, not your editing skills. Sometimes effects and fancy videos can overshadow you. You heard what they said, don’t focus on quality of the video. That said, I am personally a very creative person and think a personal touch can’t hurt either, if that reflects who you are. Last year when I had to make my own video we didn’t have the option to upload a prerecorded version and I was experiencing some technical issues so I actually did exactly three retakes – third time’s a charm after all!
  3. Don’t make a 5 minute video when it says one minute – it’s tempting I know, but seriously don’t! Perhaps use a timer or countdown to guide you. This will work against you.

I hope that my experiences and advice will help you through the process and remember, making a video is actually quite fun!
Feel free to write me any questions you may have!

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