Olanrewaju, Commercial Management, Nigeria
Before I joined GSK, I practised as a community pharmacist and a medical representative.
Both experiences were valuable, but I still wanted more. The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) really stood out to me for its structured focus on developing early talent. I knew I could grow so much from the wealth of experience across different functions, plus the emphasis on accelerated development meant I would have to push myself.
Even though I’ve only been here six months, I’ve had roles and opportunities I could never even get close to in other companies. I’m currently on my Marketing rotation, working closely with Product Managers to plan and execute marketing activities and create promotional aid material. This has developed both my commercial knowledge and strategic thinking.
GSk is definitely a company that walks the talk in terms of its values. It feels like an inclusive company, giving everyone equal opportunity and the freedom to be themselves.
I recently organised the annual African Developing Countries (ADC) Inspiration meeting for our biggest portfolio, across 30 centres in Nigeria. It was a huge co-ordination effort and a steep learning curve, but was a great success. In fact, Nigeria had the highest attendance among all the ADC! I loved the independence I was given to manage it and it’s definitely boosted my confidence to carry out other tasks with minimal supervision.
I also have my project for the year, which is the Young Pharmacists Programme (YPP). This is a popular session where we talk to pharmacists with 0-5 years’ experience about finding their path. It’s really resonating with the young pharmacists, who are telling us how much they appreciate that GSK cares enough to take an interest in their development.
I remember clearly my own pharmacist induction ceremony, when I really struggled with ‘next steps’. I wish I’d had an opportunity like the YPP to open my mind to the broader picture. We’re now partnering with the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria to see how we can help young pharmacists so they are more confident to face the future.
Even just in Nigeria, there are lots of challenges to making medicines and vaccines accessible to those who need them most. From a lack of information amongst doctors and counterfeit products, to poor infrastructure and unsafe roads. These are all issues we’re working hard to solve. It feels extremely satisfying to be working for a company that’s so dedicated to providing access to patients who need it.
GSK is definitely a company that walks the talk in terms of its values: Transparency, Respect for People, Integrity and Patient Focus. It feels like an inclusive company, giving everyone equal opportunities and the freedom to be themselves. I love that I can be true to my values – and also wear my sneakers to work! It’s a warm environment with friendly and talented people. After only six months, it already feels like home.
It feels extremely satisfying to work for a company that’s so dedicated to providing medical access to patients who need it.
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