Hei everyone. I am Mirko and I will be posting here on the blog this year as a representative of the European Business Management graduate programme. At the moment I am taking my first rotation in the Copenhagen global headquarter, within Global Marketing. I currently sit in a launch team, where my colleagues and I take care of building and executing the global launch strategy of some of our products, along with producing analyses that help monitoring launch performances and trends on the market.
Considering that a very nice introduction post on the European Business Management graduate programme was published here last year by my colleagues Lisa and Anne-Sophie, for my first post I thought about something else. I am going to give you a little overview of the events and activities that our programme managers have organized for us over these first three months to foster our professional and personal development. These are off-site activities that we periodically take part in, together with the other graduates and in addition to our everyday work tasks:
1) First Off-Site Meeting: To get to know the other Business graduates who just started their Novo Nordisk adventure, our programme manager gave us the chance to spend 4 days together in early September in a summer house in Funen (big island in central Denmark) where no work/only fun activities were involved. During our stay we had the chance to strengthen our bonds born during the Graduate Recruitment Centre, and we basically became good friends even before to become good colleagues.
2) First Touch-Base Meeting: Once a month we Business graduates (Global Business Processes, European Business Management, Global Marketing) attend a so-called “Touch-Base Meeting”, where we update each other on what we have been doing in our own teams, we do some knowledge-sharing enabling the others to understand what goes on in other areas of the company, and we attend some workshops and presentations. For our first Touch-Base Meeting in October our programme manager gathered us in the headquarter in Bagsværd, where speakers from around the organization gave us insights on the pharmaceutical industry, on the corporate strategy and on career development.
3) First Professional-Development Meeting: For our first Professional-Development Meeting, we (all the graduates from all the programmes) were invited in early November to attend a three-day Project Management workshop outside Copenhagen, where we had the chance to learn about how to deal with project goals and milestones, stakeholder management, risk management, etc., and to apply the learnings via practical group-activities and presentations given to the rest of the group. The workshop enabled us to learn from experts of the subject what it takes to become a reliable project-manager, which is a figure that many work teams within Novo Nordisk are composed of.
4) Intro Day: In November all the newly-hired employees (not only graduates) where invited in Hillerød (40km north of Copenhagen) to attend a one-day seminar on the company and its areas of focus. Besides seeing again our colleagues and getting to know some new ones, during the event we had the possibility to know more about Novo Nordisk projects and listen the personal stories of some patients, which were very inspiring and gave us an understanding of how we daily contribute to change people´s lives. These insights are really useful for someone like us who just joined the company, because they provide an understanding of the processes and objectives that exist behind the tasks that we perform in the office every day.
Hoping that this overview gave you a little taste of what learning possibilities being a European Business Management graduate at Novo Nordisk gives you, I invite you to check out this link in case you are interested in applying to the programme. Applications are now open and will run until February 8, 2015. Take care and see you hopefully at the Graduate Recruitment Center in March!