Why did you choose your company?
I chose Roche because I wanted to work in health and contribute to something that has a positive impact on people’s lives. I had worked in a small mental health charity and loved working to help a few people but felt that working at Roche would offer me the chance to help even more people.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
On a day-to-day basis I keep track of the Public Affairs teams stakeholder database which includes writing letters to senior stakeholders. I work with different teams on a number of different projects so generally my days are not always the same! I often have calls with agencies we work with to manage our projects, and spend time writing political updates to inform the business on the impact of these changes.
Which skills/experience are key for your role?
Project management, communication skills, teamwork, organisation, networking skills, having previous experience of an office-based role
What are the best things about your job?
I get to work with incredible people across different teams, and play a role in improving the lives of patients
How does the graduate programme/scheme work?
My role was a one-off graduate role for 9 months, but I know that other graduate roles across the business work on a two-year rotation where individuals get to work in different roles for the two-year period.
What sets your company apart from their competitors as a top graduate employer?
The opportunities for professional development as well as the friendly and welcoming culture
What’s next for you after the programme finishes?
I am hoping for my contract to be extended at Roche
What advice would you give someone applying for a role with your company?
Be yourself and be willing to learn
About the Employee
- Name: Emma Pritchard
- Degree: Journalism/Media and Law
- University attended: The University of Hertfordshire
- Job title: Public Affairs Graduate
- Location: Welwyn Garden City
- Length of time with the company: 8 months