When I was about to go to university, I decided to study Physics because I was unsure about my future. I didn’t know for sure what my passion was and I thought that Physics would open up many doors for me to decide on at a later stage. It was not a surprise that after my degree that uncertainty about my future was still there, probably because I did not know enough about all the job possibilities that were open to me. Therefore I decided to start working to have a first-hand experience of what those possibilities were and to find out how I could grow my own career path.
I was very lucky to be accepted as a Project Management Intern at Roche in Spain. As a student, I had always heard friends and family complain about work. At first, I must admit, I was a bit scared, but that fear very soon turned into curiosity and excitement. During my first few months as an intern, I had the opportunity to experience a work environment full of people willing to help each other grow, collaborate and achieve valuable outcomes. All this energy was fuelled by a very motivating mission and vision that completely matched the values and principles I had intended for myself. Even as an intern I had the chance to contribute to very important projects and I always felt my opinion was heard and valued, sometimes even sought. Personally, that’s when I realised that Roche is a company in which any idea is listened to and considered, regardless of where that idea comes from.
"The feeling of owning my development and my professional career is one of the things I value the most about this company."
Senior Scrum Master Agile Coach
slide 1 of 10 The Perspectives Programme is an excellent way of getting to know Roche and gain insights on how we are evolving personalised healthcare for the benefit of patients. It’s also a great way to focus on your strengths and the opportunities that lie ahead. Severin Schwan, CEO Roche
Professional and personal development is something everyone should be investing in. With a world moving at a very high speed, everyone needs to adapt their skills and knowledge to make sure it is valuable and has an impact on society. In my case, since I was in the very first years of my professional career, this was even more important. Roche was the company that provided me with the tools I needed to develop in the area I chose. The feeling of owning my development and my professional career is one of the things I value the most about this company.
When I got a position as Scrum Master in Spain, I told my manager I wanted to live abroad. And from that moment on, we started working on a development plan so that I would be ready should new opportunities arise. I have been developing different soft skills and knowledge and gaining experience in agile coaching and agile methods ever since. Those years of professional and personal growth led me to finally take on a position as an agile coach here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The idea of working in Malaysia was very attractive to me. However, what I have learned and experienced in the few months I have been here is so much more than I could have imagined. I had the opportunity to meet and work with people from completely different backgrounds and exposure. Roche Malaysia has already started to shape me and help me evolve to become someone I never thought or imagined I could be. However, despite the cultural differences, there is something that has not changed. My colleagues here have the same fire, energy and collaborative spirit to contribute to a higher purpose: Doing know what patients need next.