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Meet Simon, Global Development Biostatisics Graduate!

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Hi everyone,

firstly, my wishes for a great 2017! Last time I promised to write about Biostatistics Graduate life in Novo Nordisk. This week I had lunch with my dear colleague Simon, also a Biostatistics Graduate, and talked about the everyday routines and tasks. Here’s our discussion:

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Evangelos: Simon, can you take us through your average day at work?

Simon: Sure! So for example, last Friday I started the day with a short breakfast together with my department. It’s a nice way to talk and get to know your colleagues, and hear what they do. After breakfast I prepared some slides for a meeting regarding sample size for a clinical trial. As you know, when conducting a trial it is necessary to include a sufficient number of subjects in order to ensure that the trial results are statistically significant.

So, you were involved in the planning of the trial?

Yes. As a Biostatistician I have various tasks not only in the analysis of the data but also in the planning of the trials as well as understanding the results. For example we review documents necessary for the initiation and conduction of the trial and also try to ensure the best quality of our data. All that in collaboration with medical specialists, programmers and other stakeholders.

I think that’s a very interesting part of the job. After your sample calculations what did you do?

Oh, won’t you let me eat my lunch? After preparing the slides, I attended a course on missing data. As a GD Graduate in Novo Nordisk, you attend a lot of training and courses in the first months of your employment. In this particular course I learned about various statistical tools for estimating the potential impact of missing data on clinical trial results. This is a very important issue for us. Imagine a trial where 40% of the subjects drop out, but the remaining 60% have amazing results. Is your trial a success? If you don’t include the drop-outs in your calculations, you will get biased results.

Ok. Take a minute for some bites and then tell me what else did you spend your day on?

After the course, I spent the remaining hour creating a couple of tables and plots for a scientific journal. I work closely with various stakeholders when deciding how to illuminate our results, and it’s our task to create the tables and plots we present. Next week I will be on a business trip in one of our affiliates to work on that.

That sounds nice! So, last question, in general how would you describe Graduate life as a Biostatistician in Novo Nordisk?

I enjoy it! I like working in Biostatistics, my colleagues are great and I feel that I contribute to the goals of the department and the company.

Well, Simon, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with me and our readers. I will let you enjoy your lunch now and will see you around!

Thanks Evangelos! See you around!

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That’s it for now from GD Graduates! Next time, I will present more skill areas and give you the opportunity to meet my fellow Graduates working on these areas. Until then, a quick reminder that the GD Graduate program is not hiring in 2017. But you can always register your interest in Novo Nordisk’s Global Talent Pipeline following this link: www.novonordisk.com/gtp, in order to stay updated with all the great opportunities that Novo Nordisk provides in order to kick off a global career in the company.

Stay tuned!

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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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Somewhere in the near future..

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Hi everyone!

Let me set the scene, somewhere in the near future: it is Sunday afternoon; you wake up late after a great post-graduation evening party. You have breakfast at lunch time and somewhere between coffee and an abstracted look through the window, you have the thought: My student life just finished, it was great, I learned a lot and had fun. What now?

Well, this happened to me and as an answer, I came across an email announcing applications about the Global Development Graduate Program of Novo Nordisk. So I did apply and here I am now, in my 4th month as a Global Development Graduate in Novo Nordisk!

Ok ok, I can almost hear: “But wait a minute, what is Global Development in Novo Nordisk?”. “And what is the Global Development Graduate program?”. “And by the way, who are you?”.

Fair enough! Well, let me go over the questions, starting with introducing myself!

I am Evangelos, yes this is a Greek name! I was born and raised in Greece where I also got my degree in Statistics from Athens University of Economics and Business. After dealing with economics and financial statistics I decided to apply my knowledge of statistical methods in biology and medicine and help towards a better understanding of diseases, creating more efficient drugs and ultimately improving patient’s life. Thus, I came to Denmark and studied Bioinformatics with strong focus on (what else?) Statistics. Apart from stats and biology, I love playing and listening to music, I enjoy a nice reading in the afternoon, a great night with friends, travelling to explore new places and play or watch basketball.

Now, about Global Development in Novo Nordisk. Global Development is the part of the organization where skilled scientists from all over the world, collaborate in order to develop products that can make a difference in patients’ lives. The main responsibility of Global Development is to conduct clinical trials and manage projects in order to assess drug effectiveness as well as safety and deliver the best results to our patients. It is a large and vital part of the company and consists of a diverse group of scientific disciplines.

So, being a graduate or getting close to finish your degree, how can you join this great team? That brings us back to the first question! The Global Development Graduate Program is a great opportunity for ambitious and skilled young scientists with a master’s degree in a relevant subject within natural or health science to launch their careers in Novo Nordisk. It is a 2 years global program which gives the unique opportunity to rotate inside Novo Nordisk, gather international experience and gain great insights about how the different departments of the company collaborate while building a strong global network. The program consists of 3 8-months rotations where you will work both in Headquarters, Copenhagen (in your 1st and 3rd rotation) as well as in one of our affiliates outside Denmark (in your 2nd rotation). After the completion of the program, a permanent position in Novo Nordisk might be waiting and a great career is already on the track!

The next recruitment for Graduates in Global Development will start early 2018. In 2016, GD hired 12 graduates within 6 different skill areas (Biostatistics, Statistical Programming, Data Management, Epidemiology, Medical Writing and Trial Management). More info will follow end 2017 on number of graduate positions and skill areas.

Well, that’s all from me for now! I will be back with a post introducing my skill area, Biostatistics and how is the Graduate life working as a Biostatistician in Novo Nordisk!

Thanks for reading and 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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Data management – your way to a career in global development?

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Dear reader,

Today I bring an interview with Jennifer, the skill area coordinator of the data management program. This is the first time positions are open for data management graduates and I encourage everyone to learn a more about this exciting opportunity below.

Tell us Jennifer, what does it mean to be a data manager?
In Data Management, our activities are spread across the lifecycle of a clinical trial, with deliverables during the start-up, conduct and closure of clinical trials. In short, we develop the databases used to collect data in our clinical trials as described in our study protocols, and we ensure that the data collected is of the highest quality for analysis and reporting.

Can you give an overview of how data management is set-up in Novo Nordisk?
We’re a global organization. We cover all aspects of Data Management at Novo Nordisk at locations in Denmark, India, and the United States. We invite readers to apply and find out more.

What is the most exciting part of being a data manager?
I would say that it is the chance to work directly with our clinical data, which is a most valuable asset—it gets our products to market. As a Data Manager, you are an integral part of the study team, and you will get to make a real contribution to getting our products on the market and out to people with diabetes, haemophilia, and growth disorders. Data management is fast paced and no two days are ever the same.

Who should apply for the data management graduate program?
I would say people who are interested in working with data and complex IT systems, who have an analytical, problem-solving mind-set, that would enjoy being part of a talented, diverse, and fun group of individuals from across the globe. We are looking for people who can drive projects firmly and fairly, with global competencies, and a flair for global networking. We seek individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of those with diabetes, haemophilia, and growth disorders. And of course, apply if you are interested in getting a running start on your career – the program is a great opportunity. If only there had been these types of programs when I was a new graduate!

Data management sound interesting? Don’t miss the opportunity – learn more and apply here

All the Best,
Lars

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A taste of epidemiology

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Dear reader,

In this blog I’ve invited Johanne, the skill area manager for the epidemiology graduate programme, to give you a taste of what epidemiology in Novo Nordisk is about. Johanne was herself a epidemiology graduate which gives her unique experience that will surely benefit future epidemiology graduates.

It’s a little more than 3 years since you joined the graduate program yourself. Why did you join the graduate program?
I applied for the graduate program in 2012, because it was in my view a very nice way to start my professional life as a “fresh-out-of-university” epidemiologist. I was curious to learn, how I could use the epidemiological skill-set acquired during my studies in the context of a pharmaceutical company. Also, I had my eye set on Novo Nordisk as a great potential workplace, and the graduate program provided a unique opportunity to get an overview of the company through rotations in three different departments.

What did your three rotations in the graduate program look like?
I spent my first rotation in the Epidemiology department in Søborg (DK), where I worked mainly on literature-based tasks related to our main disease areas such as diabetes and obesity. My second rotation took place at our US affiliate office in Princeton, NJ where I was situated in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research department. Here, I worked on the more costs-related aspects of the diseases that Novo Nordisk develops treatments for, as well as the value propositions of our products. Finally, I spent my third and final rotation in Corporate Stakeholders Engagement in Bagsværd (DK), where I worked on a programme on the interlinking between urbanisation and diabetes, “Cities Changing Diabetes”. My role was to provide and validate epidemiological evidence, facts and figures used in the external communication of the programme.

What is special about epidemiology in Novo Nordisk?
I think that one of the special features about working with epidemiology in Novo Nordisk is that it is naturally centred on our main disease areas diabetes, obesity, haemophilia and growth disorders, so you really get to know the epidemiology of these diseases very well. Methodologically, both literature reviews and data analyses are tools that are applied to a high extent, so you really get to use your epidemiological toolkit. In Novo Nordisk we work across the organisation with many different stakeholders and often with quite short timelines for delivery of analyses. Therefore, working with epidemiology in Novo Nordisk often means balancing many different projects and at times a need for a slightly pragmatic approach to the level of detail, even though we always strive for a high methodological and scientific standard.

As a skill area manager, what will you look for in a coming epidemiology graduate?
First of all, I will look for a passion to work with epidemiology and a strong analytical skill- and mind-set. Then I will be interested in knowing about any relevant work experience that the candidate has gained through internships, student assistant jobs or volunteering. International experience obtained while studying or working is of high value as well. Due to the many stakeholder interactions and since we work in teams, it is also pivotal that the candidate has strong social skills and functions well in team work. Finally, I will look for the person behind the application – why does the candidate want to work for Novo Nordisk, what motivates the candidate and what can the candidate bring personally to the company besides strictly professional skills.

If you want to kick-start your career in epidemiology this should give you plenty of reason to consider the graduate program. More about the other programs coming up soon.

All the Best,
Lars

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Trial Management – a perspective from Australia

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Dear reader,

In this blog post the focus will be on trial management. As I’m not an expert on this area I’ve asked my graduate colleague Maja some questions. Maja joined the graduate program as a trial management graduate in 2014 and is currently spending a very exciting rotation in Australia.

Maja in Sydney.

Maja in Sydney.

Too start off Maja, give us a short introduction to what trial management is all about?
Clinical trials are an important part of the development of new drugs. Before a new potential drug can be put on the market for the benefits of the patients, the product needs to go through a set of clinical trials, making sure the drug is both safe and is working as it is intended.
A clinical trial is a big setup that needs a large amount of planning, organisation and collaboration across different skill areas. In trial management you are responsible of managing this process; from the very first step of writing the trial protocol and orchestrating the roll out of the trial, all the way through to last-patient-last-visit and database lock. From here the collected data is handed over to statisticians and medical writers, preparing the clinical trial report that is sent to the health authorities for approval.

Very interesting. So what has your role been in your second rotation?
In my second rotation, which I have spent in the Australian affiliate, I have been working as a CRA (clinical research associate) also referred to as a monitor. In this role I have got to experience how the clinical trials are run in a local market. Orchestrated from HQ the clinical trials are run locally by the local trial managers and a set of CRAs, who goes out to the clinical trial sites to oversee that the trials are run according to the protocol and good clinical practice.
I have been lucky to be involved in different trials at different stages, allowing me experience both the initiation, execution and closure of a trial. This has given me an insight to all of the processes from A to Z it takes to run a trial in Australia.

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Which competencies do you get in your current role in Australia that you cannot get in HQ in Denmark?
In the affiliate I have got the opportunity to get a local perspective of how Novo Nordisk as a company operates in Australia and to experience the local aspects of how clinical trials are run in Novo Nordisk. The learnings I have got here I couldn’t gain in any other way than actually being physically situated in the local market. By living and working here, you get this special insight, which you cannot get from reading about it or through other peoples learnings.
Also, through my work in the affiliate I have got to work directly with the customers of Novo Nordisk, in term of investigators and study personnel, which is a type of stakeholder I wouldn’t get to work directly with in HQ.

What is the best part of having an international rotation?
The best part of the international rotation, I would say, is the personal development you gain from having to settle in a new country, a new culture and a new working environment. It requires a lot of investment in the beginning having to build new routines and a new network, but the learnings I have acquired from this experience I am sure I will use in my life going forward – approaching the world with open-arms and a feeling of “I-can-do-this”.

Why should recent, or soon to be, graduates apply for the trial management graduate program?
I definitely encourage everyone with an interest in clinical trial management to apply for the programme! The programme allows you to obtain great knowledge of clinical trials and on specifically how clinical trials are run in Novo Nordisk. Through the programme you get the opportunity to be exposed to different trials in different phases and different therapeutic areas within a short time, which I see as one of the greatest benefits of the programme. On top of this the extensive support and training you get throughout the programme, I find, helps you climb the steep learning curve and transform from a student to an employee, much faster than if you were hired into a position as a regular employee.

Hope you enjoyed Maja’s insight. Stay tuned for more information about the other graduate programs in Global Development.

All the Best,
Lars

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Biostatistics – what does it mean?

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Dear reader,

My previous blog post was an introduction to the graduate positions that are offered in Global Development this year. When you apply for the Global Development graduate program you will apply for a position in one of six different skill areas. There are some common elements to these positions and ultimately you will be working towards the same goals in global development no matter which position you have. However, it is important to know in which area you can make the biggest difference with your current skills. In the coming weeks I will upload some blogs describing what the different skill areas are all about.

I will start by telling about my own area which is biostatistics. Currently I’m working on a clinical trial which has been ongoing for 5 years and is about to close down. We are now in the hectic phase of discussing how the data should be presented and creating the statistical output summarizing and visualizing the data. When this process is complete the data will be presented to GD management and form the basis on which they take business critical decisions. When this is done publications of the results and other exploratory analysis will be prepared for major medical journals. All of this work is done in close collaboration with medical doctors and scientists who are experts on how the drug works and how it affects the patients. Furthermore, it is important to have a dialogue with the authorities which approve the drug. Ensuring that we comply with the requirements set by the authorities is something that affects all the work done in biostatistics.

Another important aspect of the work I currently do is to ensure that the way we analyse and interpret data corresponds with the way it was actually reported by the patients in the trial and the doctors conducting it. This can especially be a challenge with a trial which have been planned more than 5 years ago. It necessitates a close collaboration with the data managers, who are responsible for collecting the data in the trial, and the trial managers, who are responsible for the organization of the trial.

Now these are only some of the tasks which we do in biostatistics. Another example of tasks we perform is providing statistical evidence that support the price negotiations conducted by our health economics colleagues. In general it takes at least 3-5 years of biostatistics experience to get through all the processes biostatistics is involved in. Being a part of the biostatistics graduate program will give you the opportunity to do at least two 8 months rotations in biostatistics. This gives you the opportunity to get exposure to more of the processes biostatistics are involved in while also allowing you to try out different projects. If you have an interest in the pharmaceutical industry, don’t let this opportunity pass!

All the Best,
Lars

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6 ways to a life changing career within Global Development

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Today I had a Skype call with my Programme Manager, Kristina Jacobsen.

I am currently located in Bangalore, India and she is seated in our Headquarter in Denmark.

Kristina was very happy and told me that the hiring process of 12 new graduates will be initiated shortly. Whereas most Novo Nordisk graduate programmes hire every year Global Development only hire graduates every 2nd year. So now is a unique chance to apply if you would like to join Global Development!

The next group of graduates (application period 01-DEC-2015 to 10-JAN-2016) with a joining date of 01-SEP-2016 will expand significantly.

We are currently 7 GD graduates spread on 3 different skill areas; Biostatistics, Trial Management and Health Economics. Going forward, the GD Graduate programme will consist of 12 graduates covering 6 different skill areas:
• Biostatistics
• Statistical Programming
• Epidemiology
• Medical Writing
• Trial Management
• Data Management

I was really excited to hear this news as it will give an additional 12 future graduates a chance to embark on a life-changing career within Novo Nordisk.

The focus in Novo Nordisk is the development of life-saving treatments and this is surely something to be proud of. More than 90 years of experience working with innovative biological medicines and understanding patients´ lives allows Novo Nordisk to concentrate on areas where we can make a real difference. In Global Development, we lead the clinical activities from when a drug candidate enters clinical testing through the submission and approval phase and when it has entered the market. On top of this, everybody is encouraged to contribute and share new ideas. The flow of knowledge across teams is highly supported and there is a healthy and engaging working environment.

Kristina confirmed that the set-up for the new graduates will be similar to the existing one, where each of the skill areas have an experienced specialist assigned who is responsible for planning the rotations and ensuring a steep learning curve throughout the 2 year period for each individual graduate. This special set-up is very beneficial and shows the commitment in Global Development towards the professional and personal development of the graduates.

As a programme manager, Kristina is responsible for the overall coordination of the programme during the 2 year period. Furthermore, she is responsible for common activities for all GD Graduates such as conducting monthly touch base/knowledge sharing sessions and evaluation meetings. Kristina and I talked about the great privilege of being part of both formal and informal graduate networks which allows us all to broaden our learnings even further while building networks and relationships across the company. We surely have a lot of fun and good laughs when we meet.

Kristina mentioned that she is looking very much forward to welcome a new group of young talents to Novo Nordisk. I can only echo her. If you are ready for a life-changing career, now is the time to apply!

 

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2-years as a RA graduate and then what?

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I believe that the graduate blog is very successful in providing an insight into how the programs work, the experience one has during the program and how one can manage to get accepted into the program; however there is less information on what happens after the program.

So you sign up for two years of rotations and new impressions; being pushed outside your comfort zone every 6 or 8 months (depending on the program) and then what happens?

Let me start by saying that you sign a two-year contract meaning your are not bound to the company after the program ends but also they are not required to keep you (this does not apply for the IO programs). Having said that, the company invests a great amount of resources into its graduates and thus you should be offered a position after the two years if you manage to meet their expectation.

The retention rates of graduates differ between the programs and I believe RA has the highest rate with 100% of former graduates still working for Novo Nordisk. In general Novo Nordisk is very successful in keeping its employees and creating a working environment one just does not want to leave again.

So what happens to RA graduates after they finish the program?

In most cases the next step will have already been finalized months before the 2-years come to an end and you will transition smoothly from your ‘graduate position‘ into your ‘permanent position‘. Often this involves a change in department; however some graduates have chosen to stay within the department they selected for their third rotation.

How easy it is to find a department after the program depends on how well your interests meet the current business needs. Nonetheless the fact that all RA graduates are still within the company shows that they try to give you the possibility to work exactly where you want.

As an RA graduate you become an RA professional after the program and then there are three main development paths which are shown in the figure below.

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The specialist role features in-depth analysis and investigation into a specific area of RA, involving solution-seeking and method/process-optimization. On the other hand the line manager role is defined by setting targets and directions; it involves a great extent of people management and development to achieve results. The project-management track is the most-cross functional as teams are built with key players from diverse disciplines to manage and see through a product from early development stages to life-cycle management.

Therefore one has many opportunities to find a role matching one’s interest. In general Novo Nordisk puts a lot of emphasis on personal development also outside the graduate program and managers are very responsive towards employees’ wishes.

Lastly let me end by saying that the program does not guarantee that everyone will end up as CVP but it provides one with a fast track opportunity to explore different fields and roles aiding your future development.

If you do not want to miss the opportunity to become part of the program send in your application now and use these blog posts to help you in structuring your application (FAQ, Cover Letter, Application 1 + 2, Last Minute Tips).

 

 

 

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