What was the application process like?
The process was straightforward and began with an online application form which aimed to understand why I wanted to work at GSK and how my previous experience and interests made me a good fit. This was followed by a quick values-based online assessment and finally, a telephone interview (this only for R&D roles, others will have an assessment centre). The interview gives you an opportunity to talk about occasions where you have demonstrated key qualities GSK are looking for such as leadership and a willingness to learn.
What advice would you give to students applying for your role?
Do your best to gain as much experience as you can whilst at university, even if it is not directly relevant to working in the pharmaceutical industry. The skills you develop are almost always transferable so make sure you reflect on the skills you have gained throughout the application process. It’s also important to know that GSK’s values are at the heart of everything they do so make sure you understand these and go through the application process with this in mind.
How much responsibility do you have?
I believe I have a great deal of responsibility and am currently working on a project which is a key part of the development process of a GSK pipeline drug for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This involves undertaking experiments, analysing data and presenting this information to other members of the project team. Although I have been entrusted with a lot of responsibility, there is still plenty of support available if needed to ensure that I feel confident with the work required.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
The project I am working on relates to a drug which is currently in clinical trials for a disease which affects millions of patients worldwide. Knowing that the work I do helps in the development of a drug which has the potential to improve lives on a global scale is something I find incredibly exciting.