Some of the questions we’re asked about our Future Leaders graduate programme
How can I choose the career path that’s right for me?
Ultimately it’s up to you to decide which path is right, throughout the website you’ll find insights from our current and recent graduates, as well as detailed outlines of what you can expect on each programme.Back to top
What are the minimum requirements for entry onto the programme?
The requirements depend on the country and the career path that you’re applying to. You’ll find this information on the role profile when the role is open.Back to top
Can I still apply, if I don’t meet your minimum academic requirements?
If you have extenuating circumstances that have affected your grades please let us know as we do take these into account.Back to top
What qualities are you looking for?
You need to have real ambition, a genuine interest in your chosen career path and a self-motivated, proactive approach. You’ll need to be a clear, effective communicator who can work across boundaries and quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people.
Just as important is the ability to adapt to change and stay focused when the pressure is on. While you’ll have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you’ll also be a team player who enjoys working with others. Not least, you’ll need an analytical mind, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence people.Back to top
What is GSK’s approach to inclusion and diversity?
We aim to create an inclusive workplace to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures.
We focus on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. An inclusive environment welcomes different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles from across our global population. This not only enhances individual creativity and innovation, it makes good business sense. Learn more about inclusion and diversity at GSK here.
Where will I be based during the Future Leaders Programme?
You’ll be based in the country you apply to, but high-performing graduates may also be able to work in other countries (however this is not guaranteed and is managed on a programme by programme basis).Back to top
How is the programme structured?
Every career path is structured differently, in order to give you the best possible understanding of that specific area of the organisation, as well as an insight into GSK’s overall business. Take a look at the page for the career path you are interested in, and you’ll find details of the rotations and what to expect.Back to top
How do the rotations work?
You will build breadth into your career by taking rotations within your business unit and possibly by moving into a different business area. Please see the details on the specific career path page for more information.Back to top
Will I be able to work abroad for one of my rotations?
It’s sometimes possible to work in a different country for one of your rotations. However, this is entirely based on business need and there is no guarantee that you will be able to work abroad.Back to top
What kind of training can I expect as part of the programme?
We offer you a rich variety of training, development, mentoring and opportunities to help boost your career. Training is based on the 70/20/10 approach: 70% on-the-job training, 20% learning through mentoring, coaching and feedback, and 10% via formal training courses.Back to top
What’s the starting salary?
We offer a competitive salary and a Total Reward package which is designed to invest in you and your development, help you save for the future, and boost your health and wellbeing.Back to top
What kind of benefits and rewards do you offer?
When you join GSK, in addition to a competitive salary, you’ll also benefit from our Total Reward package. It’s designed to invest in your development, help you save for the future, and boost your health and wellbeing. Rewards and benefits vary depending on the geographic area where you are working.Back to top
What opportunities are there for volunteering at GSK?
We encourage you to offer your time and skills to help others through our annual Orange Day that allows all employees to volunteer for a good cause. Once you have worked in the business for at least three years, our PULSE programme also offers the opportunity for skills-based volunteering.Back to top
What is the work environment like at GSK?
The best way to get an idea of the work environment at GSK is to look at what graduates say and to watch the videos that show where graduates are working.Back to top
What role will I take on when the programme ends?
The role you take on will be a joint decision by your programme manager and your line manager, taking into consideration the opportunities available, business needs, your performance and your career aspirations.Back to top
When can I apply for the Future Leaders Programme?
Application dates vary in different countries.
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Can I apply for more than one career path?
Do you accept international applications?
Yes. You'll need to prove your right to work in the country that you're applying to.Back to top
Can I apply to more than one country?
We would like you to apply to just one country, so that you can focus your efforts on applying for a specific career path in a specific country. Please have a look at the countries where your chosen career path is running, and select the country that appeals to you most. You must have the right to work in the country you are applying to.Back to top
I want to apply to a particular country, but can’t find it among the list of available countries. Can you help?
Sorry, if the country isn’t listed, it means that we don’t offer the career path in that country. Instead, we recommend using the search function to search for direct entry roles.Back to top
I can’t find the career path I want in the country where I want to apply. Can you help?
Unfortunately, not all career paths are available in every country. But if you can’t find the career path you want in a particular country, try a different country and you might have more luck. Also, you can use the search function to search for direct entry roles in that particular business area,
You must have the right to work in the country you are applying to. If you have a question about visas or work permits, please contact us.Back to top
I don’t have a work visa for the country I want to apply to. Can I still apply?
The majority of our countries are not able to sponsor work visas. A few of our countries do sponsor work visas, so they would be able to help you in this case. Please see the details of the job position for more information. If you don’t find the details you need, please contact us.Back to top
I have a disability and require the application form in an alternative format; can you provide this?
Yes, GSK can provide the application form in alternative formats. Please contact our graduate recruitment team on by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
If you would prefer to communicate by phone rather than email please provide your telephone number and we will call you to discuss your needs.
Any conversations we have with you about any health condition will be treated confidentially.Back to top
What does the application process involve?
We have four different stages in our application process, but this varies depending on which country you are applying to. Where we use all four stages the process is as follows; first, we ask you to fill in an application form. In most countries, we will then ask you to complete an online assessment to give us a better idea of your strengths and suitability for the programme. If you pass the assessment, we’ll invite you for interview. The final stage is an invitation to an assessment centre. Click here for more details on the process.Back to top
I’m having problems submitting my application form online. What should I do?
Please contact us using the email on the application form. If you cannot access this for some reason, please contact us.Back to top
I have a disability/long-term health condition, should I include this on my application form?
GSK welcomes applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We do not require that candidates with disabilities/long-term health conditions disclose this to us. However we recommend you inform us at the application stage of any required support or reasonable adaptations you need during the recruitment and selection process.
If you wish to discuss your application with us, please contact our graduate recruitment team by email at email@example.com and we will work with you to ensure that your questions are addressed. If you would prefer to communicate by phone rather than email please provide your telephone number and we will call you to discuss your needs.
Any conversations we have with you about any health conditions will be treated confidentially.Back to top
Who can I speak to if I need to discuss reasonable adjustments in the application process?
If you have a disability and require assistance, either to attend or to help you during the course of your assessment, please contact the graduate recruitment team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org who will discuss this with you. If you would prefer to communicate by phone rather than email please provide your telephone number. This will help us to understand any reasonable modifications we may need to make to support you throughout our selection process. All information you provide will be treated in confidence.Back to top
When will I hear if my application has been successful or not?
We will try to process your application as quickly as possible. However, please be aware that the response time may vary by country and will depend on when you submit your application. Please contact your local recruiter if you have any concerns.Back to top
How do I contact my local recruiter if I need to discuss my application?
You should be able to get in touch with the local recruiter via the application form. Otherwise, please contact email@example.com and let us know the career path and country you are applying for.Back to top
Can I retake the online test?
Sorry, no. In order to be fair to everyone, we don’t offer retakes.Back to top
If I’m successful, when will I start work with GSK?
The majority of our graduates join us between June and September. However, start dates vary in different countries.Back to top
If I’m unsuccessful, can I apply again?
Yes, you can apply for the Future Leaders Programme again the following year. In the meantime, you can also apply for other roles at GSK that are not part of the Future Leaders Programme.Back to top
I applied for the Future Leaders Programme, but haven’t heard anything. Can you help?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your application – including the country and career path you selected – and we’ll get in touch with you and give you an update.
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How can I get in touch with you about my application or with any other questions about the programme?
Please use the contact details on the application form.Back to top
Do you offer internships?
Yes, we offer a variety of short-term and long-term internships. These vary from country to country, so please use the job search tool to find opportunities.Back to top
What to do if I am unsure of the legitimacy of a communication I have received?
Our attention has been drawn to the fraudulent activities of persons posing as recruitment agencies or GSK employees. The fraud involves sending people a request for personal information, making job offers and/or extorting fees for recruitment-related accommodation.
If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a communication you have received, please contact: email@example.com. Please provide as much information as possible about the role you have applied for as well as the communication you have received. Read more hereBack to top
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