Ana Fiadeiro, IE IMBA ’15 will be joining Thermo Fisher Scientific in their Lisbon office this July. Thermo Fisher Scientific is an American company with presence in 50 countries, and its main goal is providing the best of science to its customers. As this Portuguese IMBA confesses: “I think their mission says all: ‘enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer’. Since my background and mainly my passion is the Healthcare Industry, I applied for their MBA rotational program – Graduate Leadership Development Program (GLDP) – with a general management track, during 2 years with three 8 months rotations in different business units and different countries.”
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I found out through an e-mail sent by the CMC. The e-mail invited students to attend a webinar organized between the CMC and Thermo Fisher Scientific, and during the info session they talked about their MBA rotational program and how to apply.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
From the very first moment, my advisor Margarida Constantino helped me since I was having problems with timezone because I was away from Madrid. She also encouraged me to network and taught me about the “information meeting” approach, which explains how to identify and contact people that could help me with information about the program.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc.?
The first step was an online application, as usual, with CV details and cover letter. After this, there was a phone interview screening, which narrowed down candidates that would go on to the assessment center, which was the last step. The assessment day consisted of a few interviews with different HR employees from around the world and a group discussion about a case.
Would you want to share any tips or advice with students interested in applying to Thermo Fisher Scientific?
I think the biggest advice is that if you have a passion for science and healthcare, and you want to be at the core of innovation in this industry, apply to Thermo Fisher! Passion is more important than having the background on the industry! Moreover, be flexible to travel anywhere especially during the program period (2 years). However, generally as an advice, I would say to spend time in activities you really want to do in the future. Applications take a lot of time so the energy should be focused on what we really dream about doing!