Alvin, HR, Singapore
Now I’m one year into my Future Leaders Programme (FLP) experience, I can say it’s been a steep learning curve, but I’ve enjoyed every minute. I’m definitely getting the kind of fast-paced, tailored development I was looking for when I applied.
In some ways I’m actually quite surprised at the level of trust and empowerment given to us on this programme. Around 70% of our development is through on-the-job learning, and the best way is just to get thrown into the deep end! But you also know the support is there when you need it, both from your managers and from your fellow FLP colleagues.
I'm definitely getting the kind of fast-paced, tailored development I was looking for when I applied.
I recently started my second rotation as an HR generalist, supporting our pharmaceuticals business. While we have a team, each member has their own portfolio to manage. So this role’s a little scary at first, because you’re an individual HR person responsible for supporting a very large population within the region. I’ve had to learn very quickly how to position myself as HR to the business, but I’m amazed to think about how far I’ve come in just two months.
I’ve just been involved in a really interesting project, coordinating a talent review for medical leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region. This was all about building a strong internal pipeline of candidates who are ready – or will soon be ready – for key roles. It was really eye-opening and a great experience to be involved in.
The culture at GSK has also been a real benefit. When I started, I was quite shocked by how nice everyone was – I thought it must all be an act! But it’s not, the people who work at GSK are genuinely caring, nurturing and ready to support you. There are no barriers – you can approach anyone for anything, regardless of seniority.
One of my career ambitions is to move into the area of early talent. For this reason, I’ve volunteered for every opportunity to do campus-related events, from recruitment drives to assessment centres. It’s amazing to get the chance to represent the company at these events. But, for me, it’s even more fulfilling when students tell me that I helped them decide GSK is the right employer for them.
As I’ve been in the shoes of these undergraduates not too long ago, I do understand the uncertainty most people face in finding a company they want to apply for. So being able to address their questions, overcome their doubts, and allow them to see the company through my eyes, is something that really motivates me. If I can play some small part in inspiring the next generation of leaders at GSK, then I feel that’s a job well done!
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Tooba, Commercial management, Pakistan
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Rehanul, Commercial management, Bangladesh
"When I was making decisions about my career, what I wanted most was to do meaningful work that would help to improve people’s lives."
Hewan, Commercial Management, Turkey
"Since joining the GSK Future Leaders Programme (FLP) three years ago, I’ve grown in professional maturity very quickly."
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"Before I joined GSK, I practised as a community pharmacist and a medical representative."