Career interviews

“If you want to be work in the field of emergency aid you should acquire an internship and learn an extra language in addition to English,” recommends Annelies Ollieuz, who coordinates education on emergency situations for the Norwegian Refugee Council/UNICEF.

“I acquired an invaluable network through my exchange visit to India when I was studying for my Master’s degree in South Asian Culture and Society. Without that I would not have been able to set up my own company,” says Harriet Olaisen, the owner and founder of HOI by Cottage Wool.

“Go on an exchange visit! Being in India for a long time, on several occasions, has provided me with knowledge and experience that cannot be acquired by studying at Blindern,” says Gudrun C E Helland, who has a Master’s degree in South Asian Culture and Society.

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 and has an MA degree in South Asian Studies.