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Greetings from Beijing

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Ni Hao!

So, I thought I would tell you guys about my second rotation – the rotation abroad. I don’t think I told you before, but my second rotation is in Beijing, and so far life here is great!

When I applied for the graduate programme last year, the rotation abroad was one of the things I found really exciting. So cool to get the opportunity to spend time in a new country, get to know the culture and the work life there, meet new people and get a broader perspective on the Novo Nordisk business.
When you apply for the graduate programme you will not know where you are going. You probably will not get a say in it either, and you should know that before applying. You can end up going to the US, Europe, the Middle East, Brazil, Asia; the list goes on and on. To me, all places seemed cool, and I know that you will have great experiences wherever you go. All the graduates currently on abroad rotations have a lot of fun. You can check it out on Instagram; use the hashtag #keepingupwiththegraduates.

After learning that I was going to Beijing, I started looking into life and culture in China. Always good to be prepared, and I was so curious! People back in Denmark were quite sceptical about my move to China (‘isn’t it too crowded and polluted there?’), but I kept a positive attitude and was excited to go experience a new country. Still, I was so pleasantly surprised when I finally arrived. Beijing is so much greener, diverse, modern and exciting than I thought. The city is a true metropolis, and on your days off, there is so much to experience, eat and explore. To me this shows that no matter where you go, you can get a great experience and find amazing places. Just stay in the right mind-set and come with an open mind without prejudice.

Okay, about my rotation here in Beijing: I work at Novo Nordisk Research Centre China, a centre focused on E. coli research. Here, I’m part of a mini pilot department, where E. coli fermentation, recovery and protein purification is performed in large scale. My team is quite small, and everyone has been so welcoming to me. Currently, after spending 2 months in Beijing, all my expectations have been met and exceeded. I’m not going to lie; it is challenging in the beginning. Starting in a new department all over again. Moving to a new country. Finding new friends and getting to know a new culture. But it is also exciting, and you grow with the experience and challenges. Luckily you settle into the second rotation faster than the first one, after all, it is still Novo Nordisk, and a lot of the procedures and framework are the same. Your confidence is also higher, and you are ready to take on projects quicker. I am currently responsible for my own project in addition to learning procedures and production in my new department.

Here are some pictures of me and my new department having a good time in Beijing – both at the office and out for lunch :)

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It is crazy how fast the first 2 months here in Beijing have passed by! The second rotation will end in a split second. For now, I just try to take it all in and enjoy it as much as I can, learn as much as I can, and experience as much of Beijing and China as I can.

If you have any questions about the rotation abroad or anything else, do not hesitate to contact me. Also, read more about the CMC Development programme, and the other graduate programmes right here.

Hope you have a great day!

Best
Sofie

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