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What to expect in the assessment centre

Category: Business IT Business Processes European Business Management European Finance Global Finance Global Marketing International Operations Finance Product Supply R&D Global Development R&D Regulatory Affairs | (5) comments

Congratulations to those who have made it to the next round in the recruitment process! To be one of the few chosen ones for the telephone interview among almost 7000 applicants is already a big achievement! Within the next couple of days you will receive an answer if you have made it to the assessment centre. Fingers crossed!

The assessment centre. There is a fascination about the recruitment centre that makes applicants curious about it, already before they have even started writing their motivational letter. I remember very well fearing  and at the same time wondering about what will happen in those two days. Only the fact that it lasts for two days terrified me to the extent that I locked myself up in the library in order to learn Novo Nordisk’s financial statement by heart. In retrospect, this was pretty ridiculous. But I did not want to leave room for taking chances. I am not saying you should not prepare the details, do whatever makes you feel confident. However, in order to shed light into the dark, I will give you in the following an overview of what to expect in those notorious two days (based on last years recruitment centre).

The first day starts off in our headquarter in Bagsvaerd, close to Copenhagen. You will meet around 120 other applicants from all over the world. Everyone is incredibly nice and thus new acquaintances are easily made. What follows is an impressive introduction to the company. At the latest at this point you will realize how exciting it must be to work for Novo Nordisk and how valued graduates are within the company.
After the introduction and some mingling with the other applicants, you will go to the conference centre, where the assessment for the following two days takes place.

What follows are numerous different activities to assess your:
1. personal fit to Novo Nordisk
2. people skills
3. presentation skills
4. team player skills
5. your motivation for Novo Nordisk and the program you applied to
6. analytical and critical thinking

Group exercises: You will be doing couple of group exercises in which you have to solve non real life problems within your group, either under time pressure or solution oriented, or both. I remember the group exercises as very challenging but at the same time as a lot of fun. Personally, this was my favourite part of the assessment centre.

Interview: You will have interviews with the recruiters. The interviews are very program specific and accordingly focus areas might differ. You can expect however that no matter to which program you applied your personality is focal point.

Presentation: You might be asked to prepare a presentation on a specific topic which will be presented to one or more of the recruiters.

Case Study: Last year we received a case based on a real life challenge of a pharmaceutical company. In a group of applicants from the same program you have to come up with tangible solutions to the case which will be presented to all other groups and recruiters.

Throughout the assessment centre current graduates will be present to answer all your questions and to get to know you better. At the end of the first day you can look forward to a very nice dinner in one of Copenhagen’s fantastic restaurants. Don’t stay up too long though, the second day is by no means more relaxed than the first.

All in all, the assessment centre is extremely intense but at the same time a lot of fun. You get to know many like minded, interesting people.  But what is more, you also get to know yourself better which makes the graduate assessment centre a truly rewarding experience.

For tips on how to succeed in the recruitment centre, please read these posts by Elin and Antti.

I hope to have clarified some concerns about the assessment centre. And I very much look forward to meet you there!

Best,

Tatjana

 

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My top 3 tips for the phone interview & assessment center

Category: Business IT Business Processes European Business Management European Finance Global Finance Global Marketing | (6) comments

Dear all applicants,

I would like to share my best tips and tricks for the phone interview and the recruitment center to ensure that you have a successful recruiting process. My main three tips are:

  1. Be yourself 

Be yourself – this sounds very cliché and might be something that everyone thinks they are doing. However, it is very common to act according to some set norm, for instance in relation to how to respond to questions or how to act among the other candidates in the recruiting process. What I noticed during my time in the phone interview and in the assessment center was that the assessers only wanted to get to know me as a person and nothing fancier than that. So please be yourself and do not try to be more or less. It will only work in your disadvantage. I think it is important to note that everyone is unique and we all have something special to bring to the table. So please show it and think about concrete examples were you show your uniqueness.

  1. Know yourself

Assess yourself before going into the phone interview and the assessment center. This is also something you probably have heard before, but many people think they know themselves however when the question about your weaknesses come, you do not know how to answer it with clear and concrete examples. You need to know your pitfalls and your strengths. You need to know what you would do to overcome your pitfalls and how this can be applied in a work setting. Think about the things that make you stressed and why it makes you stressed. Also, consider how you would solve the situation. Think about what type of people you prefer to work with and people that you prefer not to work with. Thereafter, dig deeper into why you like/dislike to work with these type of people. By going through this thought process you will get insights into your personality, work traits and core qualities as well as your pitfalls.

  1. Identify the meaning of this job to you

For me it was really important finding a job that I can relate to on a more personal level and where I feel that I am working towards something useful. My motivation started with my grandfather, who has type 2 diabetes, this is something I have seen him struggling with for many years. Thus, I had a strong urge to help him and people like him to simplify their diabetes treatment. Another strong motivation for me was the connection to the developing countries, Africa especially. I knew that Novo Nordisk is making a difference for these people by giving them access to treatment. For me, these two aspects make the everyday work day challenging, interesting and truly motivating. I advise you to find your true motivation as to why you would like to start your career in Novo Nordisk. It can be one motivation or many, but make sure that you have them clear in your mind and show them through examples.

These were my top three tips for successfully going through the recruiting process. I hope you find it useful and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

All the best,

Elin

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Phone interview and the Graduate Recruitment Centre – key tips for success

Category: Business IT Business Processes European Business Management European Finance Global Finance Global Marketing | (31) comments

Dear reader,

Thank you for your application! This year we received an all-time record of applications, with close to 7.000 eager candidates. As we are committed to read every single application, we are already busy getting more acquainted with you.

Many of you are curiously pondering the next steps of the application process. Therefore, keep your eyes and ears open, useful tips will follow as I will introduce you to the next steps in the process!

Phone interview (-end of February)

After the application screening, we will invite a selected number of candidates for a phone interview, lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. We are targeting to complete all telephone interviews with selected candidates before the end of February.

Personally I found these five points the most important when preparing for a telephone interview:

  • Ensure proper facilities. Make sure to have a calm place for your interview, a place where you won’t be disturbed and where you feel comfortable at. Also, it’s very important that you have a good telephone connection, so communicating with the interviewer can be done smoothly and you can focus on what’s important.
  • Make time. Book an extra 20 minutes of your time for the interview in case of any delay. Some of us (such as myself) are a bit more elaborate over the phone, and therefore the interview might turn out to be a little bit longer than expected.
  • Be prepared to explain why. Read your CV and your cover letter, and go through your key points. Be prepared to answer questions regarding your CV and elaborate further on your own motivation towards the industry, the company and the programme. Think of different examples you could share in order to expand on your past challenges, success stories and learning points.
  • A little desk research never hurts. Your knowledge of Novo Nordisk’s business is certainly not the key focus at this stage, but getting an idea for yourself might prove very useful. Knowing the very basics of Novo Nordisk would be likely to crystallize your own direction as well.
  • Relax. I cannot emphasize this enough: there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of about the telephone interview. As long as you make sure not to dive into it without some preparation, you will do great. Have a good breath of fresh air and put on your best smile, it sounds crazy but even over the telephone it sets the right mood.

Graduate Recruitment Centre (Copenhagen, Denmark 19 – 20 March)

After the completion of the phone interviews, 150 candidates will receive an invitation to the Graduate Recruitment Centre in Copenhagen. The purpose of the GRC is to evaluate applicants’ skills and capabilities on an individual and group level, using different exercises, interviews and a business case.

Five key tips for preparing for the GRC:

  • Present yourself as the person you are. Yes, it sounds like the ultimate cliché, but being yourself is probably the most important thing for you to be successful. As you will be evaluated by recruiting professionals, you do best by being genuine and sincere. Any other tactic will not take you far.
  • Reflect your motivation. Go back to your CV and your motivation letter and reflect upon yourself as an applicant. Why do I want this job? Why do I find this industry so fascinating? Why do I want to become a part of Novo Nordisk as a graduate? How do I want to develop as a young professional? What do I want from the programme?
  • Where would I fit best? Take a moment to consider your professional ambitions behind becoming a graduate. Be completely honest about your strengths and weaknesses, and try to picture yourself working within the pharmaceutical industry as a graduate. What do I wish to experience? Where would I wish to go? What do I wish to achieve? At this point, reading a little more about the business and Novo Nordisk would be likely to help clarifying your initial vision.
  • Have a good rest. Take it easy on the day before, maybe get some exercise and then invest in a full night’s sleep. The GRC is an exciting and intensive two-day event, and therefore the energy will be needed.
  • Relax and enjoy every bit of it. The GRC is always a unique and fun experience for the participants. Most of all, it’s a social event by nature, and a fantastic opportunity to get together with great people from all over the world. So remember a big smile, it will take you places! =)

Questions are warmly welcome. Good luck and keep on shining!

Antti

Check out a video from the Graduate Recruitment Centre 2012:

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What is the World Diabetes Day and how is it celebrated in South Africa, China, United Arab Emirates and Brazil?

Category: Business IT Business Processes European Business Management European Finance Global Finance Global Marketing International Operations Finance Product Supply R&D Global Development R&D Regulatory Affairs | (0) comments

Over the course of each year several of the ~34.000 Novo Nordisk employees around the world takes part in activities to create awareness about diabetes and support the people living with the disease. One of the major activities takes place on the 14. November each year, namely the World Diabetes Day.

Each year on this date, Novo Nordisk partners with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in support of the United Nations Resolution on Diabetes. On this day employees, partners, people with diabetes and the general public are united to change diabetes. The date, 14. November, was chosen as it is the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. Since the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Resolution on diabetes in December 2006, World Diabetes Day has become an official United Nations World Health Day.

This special day is usually celebrated with various activities in countries all over the world. To give you an impression, here follows testimonials from me and my fellow Corporate Finance graduates around the world.

Name: Adam Bo Petersen

Country: Johannesburg, South Africa

Current rotation: Finance, South Africa Affiliate, Business Area Africa Gulf and India (BAAGI)

Past rotations: Corporate Controlling and Strategic Finance (HQ DK), Insights and Forecasting (HQ DK)

How did you/your area celebrate world diabetes day: The affiliate celebrated the world diabetes day by having all employees dressed up in the same Novo Nordisk t-shirt. We had a great presentation by an internal speaker with interesting perspectives and videos from the world diabetes foundation. The national cycle team sponsored by Novo Nordisk South Africa also visited the office and after the visit we enjoyed a nice South African lunch together.

 

Name: Jeannine Hethey

Country: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Current rotation: Finance, Legal and IT, BAAGI Dubai Office

Past rotations: Management Support, Business Assurance (HQ DK), Business Assurance India (GSC Bangalore, India)

How did you/your area celebrate world diabetes day:

They organized different awareness events – including:

-      A Diabetes Day at a school where we (most of my colleagues from the office and I) also went to participate on the 14 Nov. This included some games about Diabetes and healthy lifestyle for the students as well as some educational session for the parents and a group picture after a short walk with all the students.

-      A diabetes awareness quiz running all week – with a presentation of in-depth answers by the end

-      A step-counting competition running for about two weeks

-      A session with a local diabetes doctor

Name: Jan Iser

Country: Tianjin, China

Current rotation: Finance & Business Strategy,

Past rotations: Product Supply Financial Planning (HQ DK), Corporate Tax (HQ DK)

How did you/your area celebrate world diabetes day: We had a “Diabetes walk” around both production plants. Parents received a game “Healthy beast and Moody monster” for their kids, that should help them distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food. We could also take a diabetes themed photo at some stalls and sign up for “Take Action” (Novo Nordisk internal initiatives allowing employees to volunteer in activities such as diabetes awareness campaigns, fundraisings, diabetes youth camps, collections, walkathons, local community activities and much more), where we have a partnership with an orphanage.

 

Name: Thomas Flemming Thorsen

Country: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Current rotation: BALAT Finance, Business Area Latin America Regional Office

Past rotations: Risk Office (HQ DK), Finance Projects (HQ DK)

How did you/your area celebrate world diabetes day: On the 14th of November, the entire office was decorated with awareness posters and balloons, and all employees were wearing the same t-shirt to help create awareness. During the week, there were several activities taking place around the office. I participated in a voluntary activity together with my girlfriend, helping out a local Diabetes organization handing out brochures and guiding people to professional nurses where they could get their bloodsucar tested and receive guidance on what to be aware of. 

If you are interested and want to know more, you can read more about the World Diabetes Day here: Link

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The 10 things you need to get right when preparing your application

Category: Business Processes European Business Management Global Marketing | (41) comments

Dear all,

I have received numerous emails / PMs regarding the application and as much as I would like to get back to everyone in time I thought it might be easier if I write a blog post. There might be many points that you know already; in any case I tried to list what I think are the most important things to pay attention to when filing your application:

  1. Prepare a clean cut CV

Don´t forget that we have to screen many applications, so the easier you make the job for the people reading your CV, the better your chances are. How?

  • List different sections (education, professional experience etc.) separately with clear headers
  • Show dates prominently next to activity (don´t make it a hassle to find out whether you have graduated one months or five years ago)
  • Follow chronologic order (preferably from today backwards in time for each section respectively)
  • Make important details stand out (font, underline, italics)
  • List your tasks in internships and specialization during your studies in bullet points
  1. Keep it concise

As we have to screen many applications, CVs of several pages (meaning more than two or max. three pages) might be hard to read thoroughly. As for the cover letter, I would suggest one page as the limit.

  1. Pay attention to detail

Remember that this is the first impression you make, so show your dedication by taking some extra time on reviewing your application.

  • Avoid typos: Typos suggest that you have not read through your application and you probably don´t care too much. If necessary ask your mom to read it for youJ
  • Don´t try to make documents become one single PDF file by scanning them in together. There are many PDF editor websites where you can integrate your files.
  • Separate CV from cover letter. They are different documents so don´t put them consecutively on the same page.
  • Bonus: Get the company name and the GP track name right and upload it to the right place. Also, uploading the right file is a plus ;) 
  1. Keep it classy

It is your decision whether you want to have a photo on your CV or not but if you do, make sure to do it the right way. It might seem exaggerated that I point this out, however a not appropriate photo could give the wrong impression about anyone despite the best of intentions.

A CV photo should be:

  • With an appropriate dress on (no hoodies or bikinis)
  • Aimed at the face and shoulders (not full body)
  • With a clear background (could be inside or outside but no bathroom tiles in the back)
  • Decent quality
  1. Name document clearly when uploading

Example try to have file names like “Cover_letter_John_Smith.pdf” instead of “Sharkymike_v342_randomcompany_january_whateverblabla.pdf”

  1. Put effort into your cover letter

When writing your cover letter I strongly encourage you to take your time and:

  • Read about the company and the industry and maybe just think about it for a couple of days
  • Write about personal motivation and skills, but most importantly show where you could add value to the company. What you put down should answer two questions: Why would you like this job? and How could you contribute?
  • If you have too many sentences starting with “I did …”, “I am…”, “I would…” you might want to reconsider the point above
  1. Don´t pressure yourself

Trying to include everything and handing in your application in two hours won´t do you any good. Try focus on what is relevant, e.g. highlight having taken a course in pharmaceutical marketing while leaving out having won third place at a poetry reciting competition in elementary school.

  1. Leave some time to reflect

Writing the cover letter and reading it a couple of days later, then changing something and reading it again will help you get the end result right. Which seems good today, might look completely different in a couple of days, so make sure you give yourself the possibility to revise your letter.

  1. Do an extra check-up

Do I have my personal details right? Did I read over all the documents? Are they all typo-less, informative and neat? Are they the right ones? Did I upload everything including transcripts and reference letters? Is it all clearly structured for the person screening it?

  1. Upload & Relax

At this point there is nothing left to change, so lay back and enjoy a job well-done. Don´t torment yourself over the details during the days to follow as it is pointless. In severe cases maybe eat some chocolate to decrease the stress factorJ

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Don´t know which graduate programme track to apply to?

Category: European Business Management Global Marketing | (7) comments

When I applied to the graduate programme I wasn`t entirely sure about which track I should choose. During my university studies I started liking marketing as this is the area where everything comes together from what consumers aspire for and how the economy is developing to what the abilities of the company are, however I have always been in between a commercial and a more analytical interest and I was not sure whether Global Marketing was the right choice for me, therefore I also applied to European Business Management.

 

At some previous job interviews I have been questioned sort of suspiciously about my background as in many cases they doubted that I would fit for marketing as I have “too much interest in macroeconomics and finance for a marketer”. I have been struggling to find a program where I could find both my interests. Now I know it is not impossible, so if you recognize yourself in this situation don´t give up.

 

After having signed my contract with Novo, I received the details of my first rotation in the beginning of July. When I first read that I would be in Market Access and Commercial Excellence to be honest with you I wasn´t really sure what that would mean. So as any person nowadays seeking the truth, I googled it (in a crappy hostel in Thailand with really bad internet connection) and came across a job offer from my department with the description of the tasks. This was the point when I got really quite excited as I realized that my job would be very much focused on analytics and marketing strategy.

 

Coming to Insights and Forecasting (my department), I found out that the department consisted of two different units, namely Customer Insights and Strategic Analytics. I have been involved with both teams and had the opportunity to work on market research projects and consult different brand teams based on our findings but also to work on analytics projects across the portfolio in line with our long-term forecasts and collaborating with other departments to e.g. facilitate investment decisions.

 

In my case I think they managed to find a very good place in the company and I am glad I insisted on my original interests, but of course it is hard to see in advance from the outside what one programme might offer over another one. In my opinion, try to limit your applications to a reasonable number and hand in (different!) cover letters for the tracks you would be interested in and then let your reviewers see which track you would be better suited for.

 

If there is any learning from my story, I would say that you should always be honest about what you would really like to work in as if you try to fit into expectations instead you might end up not being chosen or even worse doing something you don´t really enjoy. At the same time I would like to point out that the marketing organization in the company is really extensive so I believe there is much space to find your specific area of interest from brand management and launch planning to value communication, event management or strategic analytics like myself, therefore if you are interested in the field in general I would encourage you to take your chances.

 

As a closing note, sorry for the late blog post, I will make myself more active and available from now onJ Also, don’t hesitate to comment on the post so I can answer any questions that you might have!

 

Take care,

 

Lilla

 

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Application tips and tricks

Category: European Business Management | (4) comments

Dear readers,

I got to know Novo Nordisk via my master program and met some graduates and other employees during a career fair and was immediately intrigued by the company and the graduate program. I liked the industry, the company culture, the focus on sustainability, the graduate program with its international experience and possibilities to work across different areas, and I had the feeling that I would fit… but how to convey that in my application?

As the application process has been open for a month now and the deadline for applying is slowly coming closer (10th of February) I would like to share with you my experiences from the same time last year and some tips and tricks which might come in hand when writing your own application.

For the first round, you are asked to hand in a cover letter, your CV and university transcripts. The first thing I did was going over my CV and cross-checked what I would like to stand out when you would first glance at it. I took out some side jobs that to my opinion were not relevant to Novo Nordisk (although I came to the conclusion that having worked in a bakery is highly valued in the Danish cake-eating culture) and wrote some more lines on my tasks and responsibilities in internships and extracurricular activities that I thought would fit with the program requirements.

Next, I started drafting my cover letter. I had already browsed over the website numerous times and read many of the blogs graduates posted. First I brainstormed on the values that are inherent to Novo Nordisk, what my thoughts were on these, in what way I dealt with them in past experiences, and how I felt they fitted me. I used this as a red thread through my application letter and basically covered the questions: why this industry, why this company, why this program and why me? I would like to stress that it is really important to make your motivation letter a MOTIVATION letter: Show why you want to work at Novo Nordisk, not only why your skills and experiences fit.

And then the university transcripts: well, just upload these :)

I would like to stress that this was my approach to the first round of the application process and you can use it as a way to think why the company and the program would fit you and why you think you are the right candidate. In the end, we are a very diverse bunch of people, but I do feel that we share similar ambitions and values and we are all very eager to learn and develop ourselves.

The way you write your own letter should reflect who you are and why you think you and the graduate program you are applying for are a good match. This can be for several reasons that are specific to you. Think about those reasons and try to convey them in your letter.

For more tips and tricks and overall stories on applying have a look at Thomas’ blog, who made a clear summary of many blogs covering application tips and tricks.

In case you have any questions or comments, I would be more than happy to answer them!

Best of luck,

Elvera

 

 

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Video post – life after the Graduate Program

Category: Business Processes European Business Management R&D Regulatory Affairs | (0) comments

Hi all,

Ever wondered how life after the graduate program looks like? Or how the graduate program can develop the path for your permanent position in Novo Nordisk?

I have interviewed two ex-graduates who started their permanent position in Novo Nordisk in September 2012, right after the graduate program they started in 2010.

Do you want to learn more about the life after the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Program? Watch the video with Beatrice Yang.

 

Do you want to learn more about life after the Business Process Graduate Program? Watch the video with Adriana Caruso.

 

I hope you enjoyed watching! For any further questions, you know where to find me!

Cheers,

Elvera

 

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Halfway through the first rotation! – EBM

Category: European Business Management | (0) comments

Dear reader,

Before diving into my experiences of the first four months as a European Business Management graduate, I would like to start by stating what I hope these blog posts can bring to you. Last year this time I was in the same position as you and browsed numerous company websites to further understand what those companies were all about and how I might fit there. Program descriptions and all sorts of company information help a lot in shaping a general picture, but I really enjoyed the blog posts of the Novo Nordisk graduates as I felt they gave an insight in the company that could not easily be gained otherwise. Reading about what other graduates had experienced, both on their rotation as on the personal development side, and reading those stories of many graduates made me feel I had a good understanding of what I could expect from the program and who the people are that are participating in the graduate program. Also this year I, and many of my colleagues will post our experiences and we all have our own stories to tell, or might highlight different parts of the program. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to read as many posts as you can. You have the opportunity to look at the program through the eyes of a current graduate and that offers a unique insight in a unique program!

Now, back to the program. As I am sitting on the kitchen table in the home of my parents, enjoying the Christmas holidays, I have the opportunity to reflect on what I have experienced the past four months. And I experienced a lot! After accepting the offer and having been informed about my first rotation, I received further information about what I would be working with: Something with global medical affairs, something with marketing and something with study programmes and some more unfamiliar names. I did not really know what to make of this and how to picture my next eight months, but frankly, I like to be surprised and as my background and interests are very broad I trusted my manager in placing me in a position where I would be able to learn a lot, get to know the company better and make use of my skills.

So what is it that I have been doing the past four months and will continue doing in the upcoming four? Well, those other unfamiliar names turned out to be two huge projects related to clinical operations. In brief: to be able to offer our drugs to patients, we need to prove the beneficial use of our drugs and therefore we need to run clinical trials in which we test our drugs. Normally this is entirely handled by a department specialized in clinical operations, but sometimes the trials are, for example, extremely long in duration or participants are difficult to find. This imposes challenges on recruitment of participants for the trial and also on ensuring continued participation throughout the trial. When these challenges are particularly difficult, the department where I work comes into play.

I am working with recruitment and retention of the participants who take, or will take part in the clinical trials. In my department we add a marketing perspective to the clinical trials and think how to best reach the participants, what motivates them to take part in a trial and how to ensure their continued participation in the trial. In my daily work, I am involved in two trials: one of them runs for quite some time already and the main issue is how to retain patients. In this trial my tasks are clear and more operational in nature. The other trial I am working on is in its start up phase and that allows me to include the learnings I take from the other trial to this second one and develop the strategy for the upcoming years, which is exactly what I will continue doing in the next 4 months.

What I value in my job is the interplay between the variety of tasks I am involved in. On the one side I am part of a huge project where I learn more established best practices, and on the other side I am involved in the strategic development of another project, which I am driving with another colleague. I immediately received responsibility and that made me feel a true part of the team from the beginning. In addition, working in global medical affairs gives the opportunity to work closely with parts of the organization you do not get into contact with in any position. I work closely with colleagues from departments involved in clinical operations and that gives me a wider perspective of the organization.

I hope this gives you a picture of what a first rotation of a EBM graduate (or global marketing or business processes graduate) can look like and made you excited about the graduate program! As mentioned in the beginning: please read the blog posts of my colleagues, as I think combined they give a great picture of your first rotation at Novo Nordisk and our first impressions of working here. (click here for Antti, Tatjana, Elin)

More posts will follow soon and in the mean time, I am happy to answer any questions you have or respond to any comments you would like to share! Have a great start of 2013!

Best,

Elvera

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European Business Management – my kind of thing!

Category: European Business Management | (0) comments

Dear reader, welcome!

My name is Antti, I’m a 28-year old European Business Management graduate. I’m originally from Finland, and I did my double Master’s degree in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Almost four months have passed since us new graduates packed up our laptops, cell phones and notebooks after the introduction day of the graduate programme, and headed to our respective departments. The first half of my first rotation of the graduate programme has been the fastest and most exciting four months that I can recall. Here’s a little “Happened in the previous episode” recap, hold tight!

For me, my first rotation meant adapting to a whole new business area I had never worked in, and it has been simply amazing. As a marketing student, working on a global IT project in the headquarters of a multinational pharma company has been a thrilling experience, with countless new learning points. Project management, business process optimization, vendor management and stakeholder engagement are among those numerous responsibility areas that have kept me busy – and smiling – at work.

Speaking of smiling and busy, the diverse social activities initiated by graduates have given us plenty of reasons to smile. Enthusiasm for sports, arts, good food and having a good time together have set the common voice for us. A great balance between work life and free time activities is something that graduates tend to embrace.

As the title indicates, the European Business Management programme is essentially very commercial in focus. The programme will allow graduates to see the company from both the headquarter level, while also ensuring exposure to the business in regional and affiliate levels. Global Medical Affairs, Market Access & Commercial Excellence, New Product Planning, Business Information or Finance are only a few of those headquarter functions in which European Business Management graduates might find themselves during the programme. On the other hand, regional and affiliate level responsibilities – often in marketing related functions – also open up several new doors in big affiliates such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Switzerland. The brave ones even get to challenge themselves in sales work as part of Novo Nordisk’s field force.

For me, the European Business Management programme has felt like a perfect choice. Having studied in four European countries, I feel at home in Europe, both in and out of the workplace. But equally, if you’ve studied outside of Europe and you’re particularly interested in establishing a new foothold in Europe, don’t hesitate to apply! We look for enthusiastic, recent business graduates from all over.

For a more elaborate overview to specific European Business graduate profiles, please check out Helga’s brilliant blog post from 2011 here. If you have any questions about the progamme, please feel free to ask! I’m more than happy to help.

Have a great day and stay tuned for more!

Antti

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