Groovy Career

Leigh Winik

Specialist, Talent Management, Metrics and Design
Novo Nordisk

When Leigh Winik was young, he thought about designing roller coasters as a potential career. While he enjoyed studying math in high school, he was also a talented musician so he chose to study Music Performance in college. In his job at Novo Nordisk, Leigh uses his analytical skills – along with his ability to get along with a wide variety of people—in his job. He has wisdom to offer to college seniors and recent grads about finding their career paths.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a roller coaster designer. I loved Legos and building things. I loved the thought behind roller coasters—the speed and the height and the fun. You’re safe—but you feel like you are going to die!

What were your interests in high school?
I was interested in music and math. I was in all the bands and I took AP math.

What was your college major?
I attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and I majored in Music Performance. My primary focus was the marimba, among many other percussion instruments, and we performed all classical music from various eras – from baroque to modern, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. I also played on paint cans and brake drums and even built instruments.

What about after college?

Leigh marimba

I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I went to a temp agency. I had a chance to work at either Novo Nordisk or a flooring agency. I have type I diabetes, so I chose Novo Nordisk, a name that I recognized as the world leader in diabetes care.

I started out as a “paper monkey” — receiving faxes, putting together packets.
That original assignment lasted about two months. Then I was offered a full-time position managing logistics for the training group.

During this time, I met a lot of people throughout the organization. Part of my job was managing the on-boarding of new hires—so I met every new hire to the

In 2009, I was promoted to an Associate in the Measures, Metrics, and Design group. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into or what Industrial/Organizational Psychology was, my group’s main field of work.

Now my title is Specialist, Talent Management, Metrics, and Design. I have also started a Master’s program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

What is the best part of your job?
The people I work with. I enjoy coming to work every day. And I enjoy the fact that I can see the impact we have on the company.

What advice do you have for college students looking for their first jobs?

Just because you went to school for something doesn’t mean that’s what you should do in the future—or that it should limit your choices. Concentrate on building skills.

Don’t be afraid to draw from past experiences to discover new interests. I really enjoyed studying math in high school and now my job involves metrics and analysis.

Don’t pigeonhole yourself. There’s so much out there for you to do that you don’t even know about.

Put yourself out there. Don’t stop because you don’t think you aren’t good enough.
You never know what will happen.

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