Eleanor Thornton of BMS discusses how a graduate programme helped her develop communication and interpersonal skills.

We talked to a graduate working at pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to learn what it’s like to work at the company after finishing college.

As a graduate engineer, Eleanor Thornton is looking forward to three different rotations that will make up her time in the programme.

Beginning with downstream manufacturing, she found starting out at the company daunting. But her team, the culture and opportunities to get involved with various activities quickly made her feel at home and “really prepared”.

Something she has already learned at BMS is the importance of soft skills, despite being in a technical field. She mentioned in particular the interpersonal skills she has had the chance to develop, such as “communication, adaptability, and also eagerness to work and curiosity”.


Words by by Lisa Ardill