Global Challenge: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Morocco – Anna Traykova Weeks 6-7

As the end of my internship is quickly approaching I get more and more interested in the work of the HR department at GSK. These two weeks have been busier as I had to complete my final projects and ensure that everything is done correctly. I have been spending most of my time together with the other interns and they have been busy too. The HR dashboard is actually starting to look very good and I am proud of what I have done with it. It was hard to start at first but now I got more confident with it. Working on the dashboard allowed me to develop my Excel and overall IT skills and my organization and communication skills.
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Making a real contribution to GSK on internship in Morocco!

As the end of my internship is quickly approaching I get more and more interested in the work of the HR department at GSK. These two weeks have been busier as I had to complete my final projects and ensure that everything is done correctly. I have been spending most of my time together with the other interns and they have been busy too. The HR dashboard is actually starting to look very good and I am proud of what I have done with it. It was hard to start at first but now I got more confident with it. Working on the dashboard allowed me to develop my Excel and overall IT skills and my organisation and communication skills

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Moreover, the learning catalogue is almost done as well. The difficulty I had with this project was actually getting to meet everyone I needed to meet with and gathering all the information. Many of the directors didn’t send me the training information straight away so I had to insist in order to receive it but eventually they all did. They filled in a form that has information about each employee and the type of training they have done in the past 4 months. I used this information to compile a catalogue that contained up-to-date information about the available training and opportunities to develop within GSK.

Besides this I have been working with the other HR intern and sometimes helping him with some of his projects. We had to work together on a project that was aimed at GSK employees and offered them free healthcare and free preventive medical examinations. We had to come up with ideas how to launch the program, how to advertise it and encourage employees to use the service.

The best thing that has happened during these weeks was also the end of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid!at4

The fasting is over and now we can eat outside. I was invited to an Eid celebration with my flatmates and we had some lovely food. Also, the HR coordinator who used to look after the interns has decided to resign and we were all invited for lunch with some of the GSK employees for his leaving party. We went to a very nice Moroccan restaurant and had some traditional food and it was lovely to get to know the people who work in GSK a little bit better.at3

The other intern from university has also left because he started his internship a bit earlier than me. We went out for a meal together with the other interns and had a really nice time. I am now looking forward to my final weeks in Morocco. at2

By Anna Traykova

Challenging and stimulating; an internship in Morocco not to be forgotten!

So this is it… my last week at GSK Morocco. I didn’t realise how quickly my time here had passed! Now that the other intern Will has left and one of the procurement intern finished her work as well it’s been just three of us at the office. We had a busy final week as we had to prepare for the assessment centre on the 5th August. I think so far this was my favourite task to do. It was a bit stressful as there were a lot of things to organise and prepare but it was very interesting and enriching experience! I had the chance to organise and facilitate an assessment center for the GSK graduate scheme and I had the chance to understand better what happens during such days. It was a great learning experience and I believe that I learned a lot about HR practices.

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One day before the assessment day there was a pre-assessment event where the graduates met with us and had lunch. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend this day as I was very sick. However, after two days I felt better and I went to the assessment day. We had selected 8 candidates but one of them dropped out at the last minute so we were expecting 7 people. It was a full assessment centre from 8am until 5pm with lots of different activities and exercises. My role was to coordinate everything together with Zack, the HR coordinator and Taha, the other intern. We had to ensure candidates are briefed about each exercise and that they understand everything. We were briefing the assessors as well. At the end of the day we assisted at the final discussion and took notes that we later used when assessing the candidates.

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My usual desk area at work

On the following day we met with the assessors to discuss each candidate and to decide who will be shortlisted.This was very interesting as it allowed me to see how candidates are assessed. At the end of the day we had collected feedback for each candidate and we had a list with three names that were selected for a final interview with the general manager. This meant that we had to call the other 4 candidates to let them know that they were unsuccessful at the assessment centre and to give them feedback. I made one of these calls and it was a very good learning experience.

On my last day we held the final interviews with the three candidates who met with the general manager. We organised the event and after we delivered the outcome of the interview to each one of them individually. It was a great experience to participate in the assessment centre and to have such a great opportunity to see how it is organised.

My flatmates

My flatmates

I had to say goodbye to the people in the office and went to have a drink with some colleagues at the end of the day.

Overall I had a great time in Morocco and at GSK! It was challenging and stimulating experience that I probably won’t forget! I got to experience completely different cultures and I got to work with one of the biggest healthcare companies and I believe that this was very beneficial for my personal development.

By Anna Traykova