Meet Deniz, HR Associate
Tell us a bit about yourself
I grew up in Bursa, one of the major cities in Turkey. After graduating from high school in there, I moved to Istanbul for my education. I studied Business Administration at Koc University. When I was at my third year, I had the chance of studying in Barcelona for 6 months. After coming back to Turkey, I started to work in one of the global pharma companies as a part-time employee in Learning & Development Department. I became a member of Roche as a Human Resources Associate in November 2014. Currently, I am 23 years old and I am the youngest employee at Roche Turkey.
In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
I am working at Roche Istanbul and I am very happy to work in here; because the city offers many opportunities to explore. I can ski in winter, have sunbath on the beach in summer or take a walk in the forest whenever I want. In addition to these, Istanbul has a rich historical and cultural heritage. In my opinion, it is really amazing to have all of them together in my city.
Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?
I always wanted to be a part of Human Resources Department even when I was at the university. I worked for one year in another pharmaceutical company during my last year at the university, which enabled me to get to know this sector. In my opinion, HR plays a more important role in pharmaceutical companies when compared with the others. Roche is one of the leading firms and I feel very lucky to work here.
What is your current position at Roche?
I am working as a Human Resources Associate at Roche. Because I am a fresh graduate, I want to experience all HR processes. I have different roles in every component of HR but currently I am much more involved in recruitment part. I love my job since it is dynamic and I can learn many new things every day. It enables me to build on new ideas easily.
How would you describe Roche as an employer?
Roche has a work environment that is full of development opportunities. The company provides you with many options such as job rotations, trainings, assignments -both locally and globally.
How would you describe the people working here?
My colleagues are high qualified, ambitious and friendly people.
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”
I am part of the HR processes such as recruitment and development. Therefore, even though I don’t touch patients’ lives directly, I contribute to improving their lives through supporting our business teams to provide better service. This makes