Humanities specialists have some of the most varied and interesting careers – because our studies enable us to work in practically all fields, Øystein N. Øksenvåg says. He has a master’s degree in East Asian Studies and works at the Foreign Language Centre.
The competence I have in Chinese affairs and the perspectives that my education at HF gave me are now the defining factors in my daily work at the embassy in Bejing, Sunniva H. Abrahamsen says. She holds a master’s degree in Chinese Society and Politics and is a member of the political team at the overseas station.
Academic knowledge from the Faculty of Humanities is an excellent background for my work as a political adviser to the Labour Party, says María T. Hevzy, who has a master’s degree in Asia and Middle East Studies.
Knowledge of Arabic was one of the main reasons why Anniken Schwamborn was hired by the Red Cross and went to Sudan.
Former teachers and counsellors form a major part of the professional network of Geir Juell Skogseth, who has a second-level degree in arabic and is the national adviser for the Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre, Landinfo.
Philosophy is a subject that involves investigation, reflection and writing, and these are the skills that I primarily use in my job as senior adviser in the Ministry of Education and Research, says Simen Rommetveit Halvorsen.
If you want to work in Japan, it’s smart to take some business-oriented subjects in addition to Japanese language; that’s the recommendation from Yngve Johan Larsen, who is teaching Norwegian at the Tokai University in Japan.
At the Faculty of Humanities I learned to be critical of sources, think analytically and pose the right questions to obtain good answers, says Kjersti Johannessen, who is newsroom manager at tv2.no and has an MA degree in South Asian Studies.
The language skills and region-specific knowledge that he obtained through his East Asian Studies are essential for Pål Johansen, who is an Adviser at the Directorate of Immigration.
It could be a good idea to combine theoretical subjects with practically applicable ones, such as languages and regional studies, according to David Hansen, Associate Professor at Bjørknes College. He chose to take a PhD in South Asian Studies.