I am Danish and Japanese. Lived in Denmark, Japan, U.K., Singapore.
After graduating high school in Singapore, I moved to Denmark to study at the Scandinavian Design Hojskole.
Before entering the Novo Nordisk International Business Graduate Program in Japan, I studied a Master in Social Sciences, Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School. My Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts was obtained at International Christian University in Japan with a Major in Business and Minor in Media, Communications and Culture.
During my studies in Japan I worked at 2 start-up ventures focusing on Social Media and Online Marketing. I first got acquainted to Novo Nordisk as an Intern at the Market Access and External Affairs department as well as the Insulin Marketing Business Unit in the Japanese Regional office, and later as a Student Assistant at the Diabetes Business Unit in the Danish Affiliate. During my first rotation as an IO Business Graduate, I had the responsibility for the successful implementation of Novo Nordisk 100 years projects in Japan. Currently I work the Headquarters in Denmark working in the Commercial Obesity team, with focus on consumer engagement and new business models.
How did you become a part of the Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme
During my studies in Denmark when working for the Novo Nordisk Danish Affiliate as a student assistant, I met Novo Nordisk graduates who were passionate in what they were working on, who were striving in their position and bring a positive atmosphere to the team. They inspired me and drove my interest to the graduate program at Novo Nordisk, which I then applied to.
What attracted you to Novo Nordisk as an employer?
The Novo Nordisk Way is what shapes the working culture at Novo Nordisk which is unique and what brings motivation in working at Novo Nordisk. As an international employee, it is also very attractive that Novo Nordisk has offices around the world which allows you to experience different cultures, new challenges and explore the multiple markets.
What has been the highlight of being a graduate so far?
The fast growing organisation provide you with the opportunities to choose ( to a large degree ) which projects you want to work on. This is very inspiring and give you an opportunity to learn as well as to challenge yourself. This is actually the heart of the Novo Philosophy; that the organisation is expecting you to go through a life long learning and development process, enabling the organisation to continuously develop meeting the new challenges from a fast changing environment.
It is a blessing to experience the graduate program. The program allows you to build a broad network within the organisation. The highlight has been the experience that I have gained throughout the program. During the 2-year graduate program I have the opportunity to work at the office in Japan, Denmark and United Arab Emirates, the colleagues I have met have been kind and supportive on my learning journey.
I feel the more time you spend at Novo Nordisk, and you learn about the patient we work for, the more passion you build on your work as you know you are making a change on the patients quality of life
What has surprised you the most about working at Novo Nordisk?
It is surprising how passionate the colleagues are at Novo Nordisk in driving change in serious chronic diseases with a patient centred business approach. I feel the more time you spend at Novo Nordisk, and you learn about the patient we work for, the more passion you build on your work as you know you are making a change on the patients quality of life.
Biggest challenge as a graduate so far?
It was a surprise and a learning journey for me to understand all the processes that exist at Novo Nordisk. I believe it is a challenge for the pharmaceutical industry, that when we communicate and deliver projects, campaigns and messages to the public there are many risks/restrictions and therefore it limits us in activities we can do as an organisation.
Advice to other applicants?
If you are interested in an international career where you can help people and make a positive change in society then I suggest you apply for Novo Nordisk. My greatest advice is to believe in your-self and the process with a can-do spirit, you will be surprised how far it will take you.
How do you see your future with Novo Nordisk?
I see myself with an international career, striving to make positive change in society. Novo Nordisk provides many opportunities to make a change, including Driving Change for Healthy Cities, Circular for Zero and others. You will also find a challenge to solve, which I think is my greatest motivation.