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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!


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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A detailed overview of the application requirements

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If you read my previous post ”Life as a Regulatory Affairs graduate”, you may have a general idea of what RA is and if this programme is something you are interested in applying for. But how do you know if you possess the right qualifications? The first step would be to look at the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme site and the Graduate Programme Application site.

I also thought it would be useful to go through each application requirement step by step in order to give you a better sense of what the RA graduate programme is looking for.

  1. A master’s degree or PhD from 2016 or 2017 in a natural science, for example within pharmacy, chemical engineering, biology, biotechnology or a related field. As a general rule, if your graduate degree falls under the umbrella of an MSc (Master of Science) you should be eligible. However, there are always exceptions to this rule. Basically, the RA programme is looking for someone with a strong science background who is accustomed to scientific language and data, and who is primarily a scientist by training. That being said, there are always fields or degrees that straddle the eligibility line so if you are really unsure, please feel free to ask. Applicants must also be recent MSc or PhD graduates, having graduated approximately less than a year before the application deadline ie. on or around February 16th 2016.
  2. A minimum of 6 months international experience from working, studying or voluntary work. It is preferable that you have at least 6 months of experience abroad, but no one is going to tally up the exact amount of time down to the day either. What is most important is that you’ve shown a tendency or have a history of venturing outside your home country. Have you learnt anything from your exposure to different cultures or work environments and demonstrated an ability to adapt to change? Did you relish these experiences? It’s great to see that you have done a degree abroad but if you didn’t enjoy this aspect of it, it might not be the programme for you. You will be working in Denmark for 16 months, elsewhere abroad for 8 months, and interacting with global RA affiliates. Being comfortable with different work cultures is crucial.
  3. Relevant work experience (no more than 1 year) or extracurricular activities. Relevant work experience does not mean you need to have RA experience; it encompasses either work, volunteer, or extracurricular experience in a field related to your study or even outside of it so long as it is evidence of professional and personal growth. In keeping with (1), you should have less than one year’s work experience, since you will have graduated within one year of the application deadline. This work experience does not include the total amount of work experience before beginning your Master’s degree however. For example, if you worked over the summer during your undergraduate degree or took a year off between your BSc and MSc, this is fine.
  4. Above average academic achievements. This speaks for itself. The programme looks for bright, enthusiastic, and committed individuals. These qualities should be reflected in your grades. We specifically look at the latest available transcript, whether that is from your most recently completed degree or the one you are currently completing.
  5. Professional fluency in English. You must be comfortable in English both oral and written. If you are a non-native speaker, you will likely either possess a degree or have held a job wherein English proficiency was required. There is absolutely no discriminating with regards to native and non-native speakers however! This is an international programme and diversity is what we strive for!

I hope this has given you a better understanding of what we are looking for and whether or not you are qualified for this position. Please remember, these criteria are not only meant for the programme to find the best candidates but also to ensure that you are going to get the most out of this experience. Look forward to my next two posts, which will address what a typical day in RA looks like and advice on the cover letter and video.


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Life as a Regulatory Affairs graduate

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Hello and welcome to the Novo Nordisk graduate blog! I’m Mathilde and I joined the Regulatory Affairs (RA) graduate programme on September 1st 2016. So far, working for Novo Nordisk and my new life in Copenhagen has been fantastic, and I look forward to telling you about my experiences, as well as those of my fellow RA grads, in the coming weeks.

Let me tell you a little bit about what enticed me to apply for the program and how my expectations have aligned with my first 3 months here. I admit that when I first applied, I knew very little about what RA was. I had recently completed a Master’s degree in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology in London but was not convinced that I wanted to do a PhD. I am drawn to science at the core, but wanted to find a place where I could use my knowledge of science and work with scientific data without having to work in a lab. I had also never held a position outside of academia so I was naturally curious about what working in a company would entail while also being keenly aware that my business skills and knowledge were slim to non-existent and might require a bit of attention.

I stumbled across Novo Nordisk quite accidentally one day on the internet when looking for job opportunities for graduate students and was interested in this particular position for a number of reasons.

1) I was curious about what RA was. A cursory google search revealed that RA’s role in a pharmaceutical company is that of the middleman between the company and health authorities. This was intriguing to me, as I’d developed an interest in science policy and how countries or governing bodies regulate scientific discoveries and advancements. For those of you who are still unclear about what RA is (as I was), in a nutshell the RA department aims to secure approval of a product by ensuring compliance with health standards and through direct interaction with health authorities. RA is involved at all stages along a drug’s development and life cycle.

2) As a Canadian, I was anxious to get out of North America and venture across the pond. One of the great things about this 2 year program is that it is split into 3 different rotations of 8 months each: one in Copenhagen, the second abroad, and the third back in Copenhagen. The rotation abroad could be in Brazil, Japan, US, China, just to name a few. For someone like me who is highly curious about other cultures and loves to travel, this fit the bill.

3) I like to learn and try new things. In each rotation, you are integrated into a different department, with new projects, new people, and new things to learn. This is exciting for anyone who thrives on change, yet it also offers you the opportunity to find out what you like to do and what suits you best. Because RA has responsibilities and provides input throughout the entirety of a product’s lifetime, working in RA means you will be given a whole variety of different tasks which keeps things dynamic and requires flexibility.

With all these aspects of the graduate programme in mind, I couldn’t have anticipated how great the programme would be for facilitating a social network, which was especially important for a foreigner like me who knew practically no one in Copenhagen. There are a lot of people to meet outside your own programme and if you take advantage of it, you can meet a lot of cool people. I can honestly say that after just 3 months, I already have both a rewarding work life and a whole other life outside of Novo Nordisk.

I hope this has given you a nice overview of what the RA graduate programme has to offer. Stay tuned for more information about the application process and more!

Bye for now,


RA 2016 grads on our first day

RA 2016 grads on our first day

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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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3 Strikes You’re Out? My Unique Graduate Recruitment Center Experience.

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Over the course of your life I am sure there have been many moments where you needed to be at your best and yet the world was working against you. Perhaps it was spraining a wrist before a basketball competition, falling ill before an important presentation, or waking up to a snowstorm on the day of a can’t-miss exam (maybe this last one is solely a Canadian experience…). Whatever it may be, it is during these hardships that we find where our true strength lies and how we perform the face of adversity. I had to learn how to overcome one of these moments at the Graduate Recruitment Center (GRC) just last year.

It all started two weeks before the GRC where I sustained a very mild concussion at volleyball practice. Strike 1. I could lie and say that I sustained the concussion after making a heroic dive during a drill, but in reality I whacked my head on a low-hanging wooden beam after tying my shoes. Fortunately it was such a mild concussion that by the next morning I was back to my normal self.

Fast forward one week and I am at volleyball practice again, unaware of the impending tragedy I was about to face. While playing a game with my teammates I miscalculated a jump which led to a really bad landing and a severe ankle sprain. Strike 2. I was already begining to feel the stress of the GRC and here I was, one week away from the big event and unable to walk. Luckily, within days of my injury I went from being immobilized, to hopping around with crutches, walking with crutches, and finally, one day before the GRC being able to walk freely, albeit very carefully. What a relief!


Less than 24 hours before the GRC I found myself with a bacterial infection. Strike 3. At this point, all I could do was laugh. Bad things come in three’s right? Perhaps this last event occurred to give me the perspective of just how necessary pharmaceuticals are in our daily lives. One can only imagine.

So here I was, arriving at the GRC all in one piece physically, but definitely shaken from the various medical hurdles I had faced mere days before. Combined with the nerves of the event and how intimidated I felt compared to my competitors, I definitely was not feeling my best. I believe this really showed through, and while I never had a horrible presentation like some other past-graduates have written about, I just wasn’t being my complete self. My Day 1 self-assessment: mediocre at best.

As I sat in my hotel room at the end of that first day I decided that I needed to adjust my attitude and mindset for the next 24 hours or else I was not going to get the job. I started with a skype conversation with a friend where I ranted about my experience and received some encouraging advice. Then I watched (and re-watched about 10 times) a motivating youtube video (click here, seriously, it’s great!). Finally, I asked my friend to text me positive quotes throughout the next day and ended the night by creating a pump-up playlist to wake up to the next morning. This active decision to change my attitude, to give this competition my best shot, and to truly be myself resulted in an exponentially better Day 2. I was energized, I was motivated, I was happy, I was confident, and most importantly,  it showed! Without that turn-around decision the night before Day 2 I guarantee that I would not be sitting here writing this blog post.

The lead up to the GRC can be nerve-racking enough, especially if you are flying in from halfway around the world, have had a similar terrible lead up like myself, or have experienced something much worse! The key to overcoming these unpredictable set backs is to have tools that can get you out of your funk. It’s ok if a bad performance during the GRC momentarily knocks your confidence down, just ensure that it doesn’t keep you down! Start strategizing now about how you can have the best GRC possible, and be prepared to face hurdles and overcome them.

Best of luck!



For previous posts on our blog have focused on what happens at the GRC and strategies to cope(click here).

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How Does Science Fit Into Regulatory Affairs?

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As a scientist it can be very hard to find employment outside of the laboratory. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Program attracts so many bright scientists eagerly looking for a career away from test tubes and statistical analysis.

Although Regulatory Affairs is a department branched under Research & Development, we do not dress in white lab coats and we definitely do not mix chemicals at our desks. So how exactly does a science background help with everyday work in Regulatory Affairs? I took this question to the current Regulatory Affairs graduates to find out!


Q: What skills specific to a science education do you utilize in your work as a Regulatory Affairs Graduate?

Holti (MSc Molecular Biomedicine): I think being able to present highly complex scientific information in a simplistic language – both verbal as well as in written form – is a skill that comes in handy in Regulatory Affairs. In science you often have to explain really complicated mechanisms and data to a variety of audiences –  the same came be said for Regulatory Affairs. I also found that being part of a research group helped give me essential project management skills such as planning, coordination, and team work which is used daily in my job at Novo Nordisk.

Nani (MSc Neuroscience): My science background helped to enhance my presentation skills. During my degree I would have to regularly present findings of my research during lab meetings and poster presentations, to name but a few. This has helped with my confidence when presenting, the quality of my slides generated, how to engage the audience etc., which I try to utilise when I have to present in meetings here at Novo Nordisk.

Nicoline (MSc Pharmacuetical Design and Engineering):  What has helped me a lot was the focus on the pharmaceutical industry in my degree. I didn’t just have courses in science – I also had courses that “zoomed out” to give the students a better understanding of the different phases of drug development (research, development, production, clinical trials, patenting etc.) and how they are connected. This insight into the pharmaceutical process, from search to marketing, has been extremely valuable to me.

Constanze (PhD Clinical Biochemistry):  Being able to quickly grasp a lot of information from many different stakeholders and organizing it into an overview  is a skill I used all the time during my PhD and still today in Regulatory Affairs. Learning to keep minutes, writing agendas, and learning how to drive meetings in the lab definitely prepared me for doing the same at the meetings I attend here at Novo Nordisk.

Maggie (MSc Human Nutrition): I had a lot of focus on critical reading during my education. We were constantly reading journal articles and dissecting them to the smallest of details. This ability to read into information and critical assess the quality of the data is something that I use in my work here at Novo Nordisk. I have to evaluate and review information that is sent all over the world and I need to ensure that it is not interpreted in the wrong way. Learning to read and assess nutrition research articles from different perspectives has definitely helped with that.

Annika (MSc Molecular Medicine, MSc International Health Policy): Having a comprehensive overview of the health policy and system setting in different countries is currently helping me understand the market access aspect of pharmaceutical development. This knowledge has allowed me to understand and contribute to key strategy discussions when trying to launch a new product here at Novo Nordisk .


MSc: Masters of Science

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You’re Quick Guide to Regulatory Affairs Grad Eligibility

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Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from eager candidates about their eligibility for our wonderful program:

“What if I did two 3 month internships during my BSc* and have been working for 5 months after my MSc¤, can I still apply?”

“Right now I have 11 months of work experience, but by the time you look at my application I will have over 1 year, am I still eligible?”

“I’ve done a BSc, MSc, AND PhD – is that OK?”

Let’s try and tackle the confusion with this Quick Guide to Your RA Grad Eligibility!

Can you apply if you have….

Just a BSc –> NO

BSc + < 1 year work experience –> NO

BSc + MSc + 0 work experience –> YES

BSc + MSc + < 1 work experience –> YES

BSc + MSc + > 1 work experience –> NO

BSc + MSc + PhD –> YES

BSc + MSc + PhD < 1 work experience –> YES

BSc + MSc + PhD + > 1 year work experience –> NO

It’s understandable that ‘work experience’ can be interpreted differently, so here are some helpful things to keep in mind:

  1. Internships DO NOT COUNT as work experience
  2. Any combination where you accumulate < 1 year of full time work experience in small chunks (including during and after your studies) is OK
  3. Work experience is counted at the time of the application
  4. Post-doc counts as work experience


I hope this helps clarify any of your questions!

Best of luck applying,




*BSc = Bachelor (of Science)

¤MSc = Master (of Science)




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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,

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Regulatory Affairs – Swipe Right or Left?

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I watched a Youtube video recently that explained the Paradox of Choice – a theory that captures the modern day dilemma of wanting as much choice as possible but getting anxious when presented with too much choice. While this paradox was founded based on consumers experience while shopping, you may be experiencing it right now as you ‘shop’ for the right Graduate Program at Novo Nordisk.

The first tool to tackle this overwhelming selection is to figure out which programs you qualify for. Check out this handy chart, snatched from the depths of the Novo Nordisk Graduate website, to see the educational background each program is looking for.

After figuring out which programs you qualify for the second tactic to narrowing down your options is to browse through the blog. While one program may sound better in the description, you could be swayed by a personal account in a graduate’s blog post to join another program! So take your time and do your research.

If you’ve completed the above two steps and are considering RA, then might I suggest we play a little game? Similar to a once-popular dating app, I will go through a series of steps where you should either swipe left (consider another program) or swipe right (apply for RA).

Now let’s play!

  • Do you have an Masters degree or PhD in natural science, health science or sociology?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Are you good at seeking out information from multiple resources?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Can you handle an unpredictable work pace (i.e. fast weeks followed by slower weeks)?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Do you think life should only be about work?
    • No -> Swipe Right and continue on
    • Yes -> Swipe Left
  • Can you handle many responsibilities (both big and small) at once?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Do you enjoy being involved in teams and participating in multi-stakeholder meetings?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Are you afraid to ask for help?
    • No -> Swipe Right and continue on
    • Yes -> Swipe Left
  • Are you an effective communicator, taking into consideration cultural differences and workplace practice?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Are you easy-going, social, and ready to develop professionally AND personally?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and cross the finish line!

If you’ve ‘Swiped Right’ to all the questions then congratulations – the RA program seems like a good fit for you! If you would still like to learn more about RA check out previous blog posts by clicking on the ‘R&D Regulatory Affairs’ category to the right of my writer’s profile picture. Also be sure to check back next week for a post about the types of tasks a typical RA grad encounters.

Happy swiping,


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Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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Hello and welcome!

I’m Maggie, a Regulatory Affairs (RA) Graduate from Canada. RA seems to be the most confusing and elusive graduate program Novo Nordisk offers, so I hope that this blog will help provide clarity and give you a better insight into what this mystery program has to offer. While I won’t give you ALL the details  just yet (check back soon :) ), I can give you the short and sweet version now.

RA graduates on our first day! From left to right: Maggie, Holti, Constanze, and Nicoline.

RA graduates on our first day! From left to right: Maggie, Holti, Constanze, and Nicoline.

Regulatory Affairs is a key department in a company which supplies products within a regulated industry. Regulated industries range from pharamaceuticals to cosmetics, food, energy and much more. The primary purpose of RA is to ensure that products are manufactured, tested, and sold according to the legislature set by a country’s health agency.

For example, in order for Novo Nordisk to sell pharmaceuticals in the United States, we must ensure that ALL the steps in the R&D process from idea generation to clinical testing to manufacturing to packaging to shipping comply with the legislation the FDA has defined.

Make and sell a product according to the rules – sound’s fairly simple right?

Well, consider this – almost every country has its own health authority and each has their own specific guidelines. Combine that with management of an entire product portfolio PLUS all the steps in the R&D process that we have to ensure alignment with! Together, all these variables lead to a VERY complex process with a LOT of stakeholders and an INFINITE combination of potential tasks that can slide across your desk. Not so simple sounding anymore eh?

If I have peaked your curioisty just a touch more throughout this introduction then look forward to the next blog post where I will give you a much better insight into RA and the tasks that a graduate is responsible for. You can also look forward to blog posts related to the NN Graduate Program as a whole, as well as my perspective on being a foreign Graduate!

If you would like to learn more about me and my work experience, please check out my blog bio by clicking on my writer’s profile.

Until next time,


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