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The journey of a drug

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I am sure that you have many reflections about where to go with your life after ending your studies, and that some of them have to do with your future career. Some lines further down on this blog post, I will share with you some of my own reflections. I hope they can be of some use for you, but whether they can or can’t I hope that you will follow your heart and pursue any dreams you might have. While doing that I will encourage you to get some insights into the many job opportunities that are out there, and even though I will start out here on a philosophical note, the aim of this blog post is in fact to draw your attention to one place to get some of those insights. But that will have to wait a little while :)

I often look back at my time in the university as well as the time leading up to it, wondering what made me choose that direction and even what made me stay there within the brick walls of the mathematical department where signs and symbols come together as various involved formulas in an attemt to describe the world that surrounds us. I know that what I liked about studying mathematics was the idea of the existence of relations and concepts that are indisputably true. That idea has an aesthetical beauty to it, which can affect you in a way similar to that of great art. What I at the same time – and increasingly as the years went by - struggled with was the recognition that such an idea will probably always remain an idea, and when too many thoughts are given to that, it can at times be a discouraging recognition and lead to a desillusioned state of mind.

I can’t say whether a different path through the life that I have lived so far, would have resulted in a different way of thinking, but I do think there has been an association between the occasional desillusion and the fact that I found it hard to see where I would like my studies to take me in terms of jobs and career. Towards the end of my studies I had a single job interview with an insurance company and also gave a lot of thought to start teaching in high school. But it was the job add for Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme in Global Development that really caugt my interest, and I am happy that I decided to apply for that job.

I work with drug development. That’s essentially what I do. As a biostatistician I analyze data from clinical trials that are conducted all over the world in order to demonstrate that the drugs under development are efficacious and safe to use. I believe that the drugs taken to the market by Novo Nordisk improve the life of millions of people around the world. At the same time I have an idea in my head about a world where less people are in need of the drugs I help develop. I still have hopes that this idea will someday materialize into some kind of truth, but there is also the fear in me the it will remain an idea. I believe that the people who work for pharmaceutical companies can play an important role in both materializing a better world as well as keeping the idea of such a world an idea. I hope I can be one that falls within the first category.

Drug development is a complicated thing and a process that starts early in the laboratory and continues well after approval of a new product. I am continuously learning more about the process every day. If you have any interest in drug development, may it have a scientific, clinical or marketing oriented foundation, then I will lead your attention to an event hosted by Novo Nordisk which takes place on April 24th at both the University of Copenhagen as well as at the Technical University of Denmark. At this event, celebrated scientists from Novo Nordisk will take you through the “journey of a drug” from discovery to approval and use for treatment. For more info about the event, please see here:

http://forsk.dk/arrangementer/novonordisk/proteiner-patenter-og-patienter-et-laegemiddels-rejse

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Rocking the Graduate Recruitment Centre (GRC): key tips and all the blog posts published so far!

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As the deadline for the GRC draws nearer with every day, we can remember how we felt a year ago: a mixture of stress, curiosity, fear but above all excitement! We wondered how to best prepare for these two exciting days, and though we had browsed Novo Nordisk’s website, graduate blog and the entire Internet in search for more information, it somehow never felt enough.

In this blog post, we would like to ease your task of preparation a bit and assure you once more that you do not need to be afraid :-). As many posts about the GRC have already been published and you might find it difficult to find all of these, we have listed them all in our post below, and each of us has picked ONE of our top recommendations that we have for you. Enjoy reading and good luck!

 

Anne-Sophie’s tip: 4 letters: T.E.A.M.

At this advanced stage of the recruiting process, what does differentiate THE candidate from the other candidates? I do not have the exact answer to give you but I can tell you what I felt at the GRC: teamwork and collaboration! I know what you think: you have read it everywhere, on the website of every company you have applied to, and probably already experienced it along other Assessment Centres. And this is again the case here!

Bear in mind that we are looking for skilled candidates – which we know you are – but also for colleagues and people we can see ourselves working with. Your strengths might be the weakness of others. But instead of using these strengths solely to your own advantage, rely on them to help and drive your other teammates. As a leader and manager, you are expected to empower people and help them grow in their role. Knowing yourself and using your best skills for the benefit of the group and for achieving a common goal will be key to your success at the GRC. I can only give you my example: having had some prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry, I chose to share this knowledge with my teammates for them to better understand the tasks that were given to us and for the group to be faster and more insightful to solve our business case. Of course I felt exposed and sometimes wanted to keep this knowledge only for myself as I thought that this could be a huge personal advantage. But choosing the other way and deciding to use this for the benefit of the group only encouraged us to aim higher. Hence don’t be shy and dare exposing your best self for others!

 

Lisa’s tip: Never stop believing in yourself and your skills!

My advice to you is: Believe in yourself and show this confidence until the end! Compared to other assessment centres the GRC is quite long. It will be two very intensive days with many different exercises as you already know. You will feel exhausted at some point and there will also be moments where you might not feel happy with your performance. But this should never discourage you. Stay motivated throughout the two days and if there is a moment where you are not pleased with your performance, forget about it quickly and focus all your energy and enthusiasm towards the next task. I am saying this because of a personal experience from last year: Somehow, the business case was not ‘my friend’ right from the start, but when it came to the actual presentation in front of the assessors it seemed that it actually achieved to ‘break my neck’. During the preparation for the business case there were several things that made it difficult for me to properly prepare, so I held the worst presentation that I had ever prepared. And I am not just saying that because I felt like this, but also because I could clearly see from the assessors’ faces and their questions that they were not at all happy with it. I had terrible slides and the content was not really insightful. I felt very bad after this and since it was one of the last exercises, I was sure that I had lost my chance for a graduate position. After some time of feeling miserable I realised that there is still a chance to at least improve the final impression of myself. So I tried to forget about the presentation and focused on the next exercise. Although I did not feel that this actually compensated for my bad performance earlier, I still felt better and more pleased with myself after it went quite well.

In the end, I actually got the graduate position! For me, this shows that one unsuccessful exercise does not mean that you have lost all your chances. When I got the feedback for the GRC, I was honestly told that everyone was negatively surprised by my presentation of the business case at first, but then they admired how confident I presented these ‘lousy’ slides and how honest I answered their questions. They also appreciated that I did not give up after this, but put all my rest energy and motivation in the last exercises.

Hence, I want to show you that the way you deal with an unpleasant experience at the GRC can be key to your success and self-satisfaction. With confidence in your skills you will be able to better deal with such an experience!  

 

Now that we have given you our two best recommendations for the GRC, please browse the graduate blog and visit the insightful following posts below:

GRC video from 2013

http://video.novonordisk.com/video/7923654/graduate-recruitment-center-19-and-20

Graduate Recruitment Centre: Last Minute Practicalities

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2014/03/26/graduate-recruitment-centre-last-minute-practicalities/

Survival guide to reduce jetlag in the GRC (& something important)

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2014/03/20/survival-guide-to-reduce-jetlag-in-the-grc-something-important/

Next Stop: GRC 1-2 of April

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2014/03/19/next-stop-grc-1-2-of-april/

GRC: What to expect?

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2010/03/16/grc-what-to-expect/

Next steps in the graduate recruitment process, key tips for success

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2013/02/18/next-steps-in-the-graduate-recruitment-process-key-tips-for-success/

Final words of advice, the Graduate Recruitment Centre

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2012/03/06/final-words-of-advice-the-graduate-recruitment-center/

BP Graduate shares experience from last years’ recruitment centre

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2012/03/05/bp-graduate-shares-experience-from-last-years-recruitment-center/

Ove Munch Ovesen: what is an assessment centre, the expert shares his tips

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2011/03/14/what-is-an-assessment-centre-the-expert-shares-his-tips-2/

A job is a 2-way match

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2011/03/14/a-job-is-a-2-way-match/

Applying for Novo Nordisk and the Graduate Programme – Part 3- Graduate Recruitment Centre

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2011/03/04/applying-for-novo-nordisk-and-the-graduate-programme-%e2%80%93-part-3-graduate-recruitment-centre-march-29th-30th/

Enjoy the recruitment centre

http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/2011/03/28/enjoy-the-recruitment-center/

 

Good luck and we – together with all the other graduates – will see you on April 1st and 2nd!

 Graduates 2013_Group Picture during Intro Day

All the best,

Lisa and Anne-Sophie

 

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The phone interview?! Tips and tricks to get ready

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Congratulations to those of you who have submitted their application to one of the graduate programmes! You have taken the first hurdle in becoming a graduate within Novo Nordisk :-). At the moment, all of your applications are being read through. This is probably the toughest round of the selection process since we receive so many great applications and we can only choose ca. 400 for the phone interview! At the end of February/ beginning of March you will be informed vie E-mail about the outcome of this process. In case you get selected for the next round, we can only say that being selected for the phone interview out of several thousand applications is really a great achievement and the main feeling you should have at that moment is being proud of yourself!

But, of course, you may also be a little bit nervous about what comes next. Therefore, we would like to share with you some tips for how to best prepare for the phone interview. Since there will not be a lot of time between the invitation for the interview and the actual interivew, it might be wise to already start preparing now:

First of all, be assured that there are no traps or mean questions in the phone interview: If you have reached this stage of the process, it means that we already think that you are a great fit with Novo Nordisk and the graduate programme. Interviewers will take the opportunity to get to know you better and get a more thorough understanding of what you previously did and why this made you want to join Novo Nordisk.

So be prepared to talk about the following:

What is your story?

Basically: why did you do what you did (academic and professional experience, extracurricular activities, etc.)?

We like open and honest answers: only a few of us have a straight arrow for a personal and professional path. What your interviewers are interested in is why you made those choices, and why, in regards to your experiences, you have decided that Novo Nordisk would be the best place to achieve your personal and professional development. For example, with regards to my (Lisa) professional experience, my CV was mainly filled with internships in the financial services industry (and mainly at one company). So of course during my phone interview the question came up: Why are you interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry and at Novo Nordisk? Why do you not want to work in the financial services industry and with the company you interned with? Although I had clear answers to these questions in my head, the challenging part was to share them in a logical and convincing way with the interviewer on the phone. Some preparation beforehand definitely helped me with that!

What did you achieve, which challenges did you face and what did you learn?

Take a look at your resume as well as your cover letter: you have to know them BY HEART and be prepared to answer questions regarding them! You will be questioned about both your positive and negative experiences. What you achieved and what you learned. Don’t be fluffy in your answers: of course you have learnt something and of course you had some challenges. What you did to overcome them is what we would like to hear. Also, be ready to elaborate on your achievements. However, no matter how great these might be, try and stay humble :-).

Why Novo Nordisk and why your programme?

We are looking for people who want to contribute to Novo Nordisk’s success. The graduate programme IS challenging, for real. Also you have to be convinced of why you wish to join the programme and what this means to you: What is important for you within Novo Nordisk, what programmes, actions, initiatives appeal to you and why you think they are relevant to Novo Nordisk’s patients, are some of the questions you should ask yourself.

Identify and know your motivation for Novo Nordisk and for the specific programme you will be interviewed for: This is your only chance as you will get interviewed for only one of the programmes you have applied for. Browse Novo Nordisk’s website as well as the graduate blog, podcasts, videos, FB page, etc., there is plenty of information there to help you :-) 

Our last advice: Be yourself because then you will be at your best! The interviewer wants to get to know YOU and since it is the story of your life you are the one who knows it best!

Also remember: everyone is nervous during phone interviews and the interviewer knows this as well and will not hold this against you. It is just natural. But if you smile while talking (Yes, you can definitely hear if someone is smiling on the phone!) and if you even manage to laugh this will not only leave a positive impression to the interviewer, but also make you more relaxed.

To read more about interview tips and tricks, read the following blog posts:

-      My top 3 tips for the phone interview

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

-      OH BOY!!! Interviews scare me…

Now enjoy the rest of this weekend and stay tuned for more blog posts to come!

Anne-Sophie and Lisa

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Thoughts from the EU Career Conference at MIT

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Hi everyone,

A bunch of graduates (to include myself) just finished a great trip to Boston where we were able to meet some great individuals interested in the Novo Nordisk Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme.

 CareerFair                                                           CareerFair2

I will share a couple thoughts from the conference that may help as everyone makes his or her final preparations for application submission.

First, while we are looking for people who have scientific backgrounds (and thus are more than likely research-oriented), ensure that you make a connection to Regulatory Affairs. Check out websites like TOPRA.org or RAPS.org (both regulatory professional organizations) for some good information on what exactly Regulatory Affairs entails. No matter if you are a soon-to-be MSc or PhD (yes, PhD holders are more than welcome to apply), in your cover letter (and throughout the hiring process) there needs to be a strong demonstration of why you want to be a part of Regulatory Affairs and why you want to be a part of Novo Nordisk. If you are a PhD, there needs to be an even stronger demonstration of why you want to ‘switch directions’ and leave research to become a Regulatory Affairs professional. Remember, also, that you need to have either your MSc or PhD completed by the start date of the programme (Sept 2014).

Second, we are looking for someone who, in addition to being educationally qualified, has a holistic approach to life. This means that you should briefly talk (try to keep your cover letter to a page) about your extra-curriculars. Having a cool story to share or having really great hobbies (for example, does a lot of volunteer work, tutors on the side, cycled the Tour-de-France) is a distinguisher, so highlight anything and everything that makes you unique!

Ultimately, as I am sure you have heard before, be yourself throughout the entire process and the rest will take care of itself.

 Good luck and don’t forget to apply before 9 Feb!

-Mark

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Oh right, and you get paid.

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Hi all,

Over the past few weeks there have been a ton of questions relating to some particulars about the Regulatory Affairs Graduate position (and for the Graduate Programme, in general).

Ideally, of course, one’s desire for this position should be based around changing your own life as well as helping to change the lives of others (as Inca writes here ). And what an opportunity you will have to do both with Novo Nordisk, which has established an environment where one is given both the opportunity to develop as a person and help change the lives of millions.

However, understanding that there are particulars that everyone wants answers to; what makes this programme even more fantastic is that you get paid! So do not let the term “graduate programme” mislead you. As a Regulatory Affairs Graduate (and, indeed, as a Graduate in general) you will be a full-time employee with a full-time salary (approximately 5500 USD a month).

And along with that comes the responsibility of being a full-time employee. This is not a position where you sit idly by as you watch others do important work. No, from day one you will be doing important work and will be expected to produce (just ask Jerome about his challenging day). Therefore you will have full autonomy to “sink or swim”.

So what do you say? Does having the opportunity to start your career in a challenging environment with a growing company excite you? Are you ready to contribute to something that is bigger than yourself?

Don’t forget that the deadline for applications is 9 Feb.

Apply here: www.novonordisk.com/Regulatory-Affairs-Graduate

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Passion is Key

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Hi All,

I recently sat down with the other 2013 Novo Nordisk Regulatory Affairs Graduate, Sascha, to talk about some of the things he has been doing as a graduate. We had actually recorded the discussion, but due to some technical difficulties I was unable to post the video. However, I at least wanted to post some highlights on what we discussed .

In the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme, you will have the opportunity to spend two rotations within RA, but also one rotation outside of RA (such as within global development or quality). It is a unique and great opportunity to branch out and learn even more about Novo Nordisk as a company and learn about how, as an RA professional, you can harness all of the resources that are within the framework of the company. In some cases, such as Sascha’s, you may even have your first rotation outside of Regulatory Affairs! I think this highlights the necessity of graduates to be flexible and responsive to any and every experience presented.

Sascha and I talked about having such a first rotation opportunity, along with other things:

Mark: What has your first rotation been about?

Sascha: My first rotation has been within Global Development, where I have worked as a medical writer putting together clinical documents (among other things) that are used for submissions to health authorities. While unusual to start my RA career outside of RA, it has been very interesting and I know that it will prepare me to be an even more productive RA professional for the future.

Mark: What are your thoughts on how to put together a good Regulatory Affairs Graduate application?

Mark/Sascha: There is no underselling the importance of being passionate about Novo Nordisk and Regulatory Affairs. Do your research on both the company and the career field and determine what parts of both really excite you. Ensure that you reflect on those excitements within your cover letter. As much as possible, demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm in the way you write your cover letter (while also keeping it professional, so no exclamation points!).

Mark: How has it been coming to Denmark?

Mark/Sascha: With moving to a new country having a global mind-set is key. Understanding that there will be differences, and being willing to embrace those changes, are absolutely necessary. At the same time, Copenhagen (as well as the whole of Denmark) is a welcoming and fantastic place with a very diverse population and lots of happy people.

Be sure to read all of the other graduate blogs for more insight to the entirety of the graduate programme, as well as for information on putting together a quality application.

I hope everyone has had a very happy holidays and good luck to all in 2014!

-Mark

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Regulatory Affairs is challenging (and energizing)

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Hi potential applicants, my name is Mark (visit my profile to learn a bit about my background) and as a Regulatory Affairs Graduate, I am challenged every day.

Just like Jerome (Business IT) and Klaus ( Procurement) I’ve been met with skeptical individuals. They are unsure about the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme (and the Regulatory Affairs career field, in general). What does it offer, a part from sounding very legalistic?

To that I can say resoundingly, Regulatory Affairs is very dynamic, and because of that it is very challenging (and energizing). As I have spent my first 4 months attempting to navigate the world that is Regulatory Affairs, I have discovered how challenging it can be:

  • Learning crazy amounts of information
  • Coordinating the efforts of many, many stakeholders
  • Mastering the regulations
  • Managing tasks that I have no idea about

But I have also discovered how energizing it can be:

Importantly, while the learning curve is steep, so is the reward curve.  As a result, every day I come to work excited. 

So if you are on the fence, I strongly encourage you to read up on the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme and apply. Or if Regulatory Affairs isn’t the right fit for you, check out the other graduate opportunites. If you have any questions, please post a comment below, or email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Also, stop by again as I will be video blogging with the other Regulatory Affairs Graduate (Sascha) and others from the 2013 year group.  

See you,

Mark

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What to expect in the assessment centre

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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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Key takeaways from the RA Graduate program

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I have finished the RA Graduate program, but doing the blog has forced me to step back and really re-evaluate the last two years and I have realized that there were a few key things that I learnt from the graduate program:

  1. You have no idea what you are capable of.

When I was chosen for the graduate program, I felt that whatever happened I would only be challlenged work wise, since I knew what it was like to be in a new place and make new friends and adapt to a different country. That was proven wrong in my 2nd rotation

I was alone, in Brighton, in winter, while my workplace was undergoing a restructure. I knew no one and the people at work were more concerned about their jobs (and rightfully so!) than starting up the new graduate. Also minor detail but I didn’t have a TV or working internet in my apt. But, through this experience I found a drive within myself that I would not have figured out otherwise, and I proactively volunteered to shadow all the clinical trial monitors in the department, even though it was not the most interesting thing to do every day, I looked at it as a learning experience. I learnt a lot about the different trials and products since I was accompanying any monitor willing to have me along :). I also signed up for social clubs in Brighton and eventually met a few fun people. My proactive shadowing became very useful in the last 2 months of the rotation when 2 of the monitors resigned, and since I was now ‘experienced’ I was asked to cover their trials. So I ended up getting real monitoring experience, but if I had not been proactive I may not have been granted that chance!

  1. Finding a job you love, figuring out what you like and don’t like…

Choosing a graduate program is a key indicator that you are not entirely sure what you would like to focus on in a career! However after 3 different rotations you learn a lot about what you like. This time to figure out what you really enjoy in a job is priceless, and maybe the greatest benefit of a program like this!

In my case, I realized that I would not enjoy a career as a clinical trial monitor. I also realized that while I enjoy regulatory affairs, I like more the coordination and LEANing of processes than navigating through guidelines. This was forged in my 2nd rotation in India where I was a project manager and set up a new process that is being used by all our regulatory submissions going forward. This rotation made me realiZE my ideal job after the graduate program. I am a Project Coordinator within Labeling  Development and Launch, which is a department in Regulatory Operations. It is project based, and I have to coordinate with graphic designers, marketing, regulatory affairs and production, as well as affiliates, and many more. It is still new to me since I started at the beginning of the year, but every day brings some new challenges and something interesting to learn!

  1. A network..people you can also have fun with J

The network you build while in the program is one of its biggest advantages. You have your year of graduates, as well as the year before and after you, and then the colleagues from the different departments just as a start. However while this network is a great work asset, it also helps you find a social group when you move to Denmark. Most of the graduates have a lot of business dinners and team events within their program and also tend to spend a lot of time together outside of work.

Within the RA graduate program, we have had many dinners and a few team building events and have experienced multiple seminars and conferences. I guess we are lucky we all liked each other, cause we did end up spending a lot of time together!  :)

I posted just a few pictures of our fun times in the graduate program. It has been an incredible journey and I have learnt and experienced more than I could have imagined when i was writing my application.

If you haven’t applied as yet,  the deadline is soon! Remember to highlight why you are interested in RA in your cover letter and what separates you from the other applicants, keep it interesting and let us see what you are passionate about!

Good luck with the applications!!!

Tamara

 

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

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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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