Anders is a finance manager for the district Alna in Oslo
How did you get the job?
My current job is my second job after graduation. I found the job via a job advertisement page on the internet. I chose this job because it allows me to use the knowledge gained from studying economics. I find this work meaningful because it involves maximizing the welfare of the district Alna’s citizens, especially given the scarce resources the city district has at its disposal.
What do you think were the most important factors for being offered the job?
Education was an important factor, as the position required a college or university degree in economics.
In my experience, the likelihood of getting an interview increases when you can demonstrate relevant work experience. Relevant references and experiences from previous work on specific work-related issues are important in order to stand out in the crowd.
Otherwise, I think one can form a positive overall impression with good preparation for interview, for example by reading up on the employer.
What are your tasks in your current job?
The job is largely about analyzing, calculating and setting monthly forecasts for the city's places of employment.
My primary tasks are to create and follow up the budget for the places of employment within the given financial framework and legislation. In addition, I generally assist on financial issues.
How is the knowledge you acquired through studying economics relevant to your current job?
It is important to focus on cost-effective solutions and measures that maximize utility as the city district budget tightens, and the public service's expecations are increased. The solutions and measures are analyzed in advance using KOSTRA statistics and other available numbers in order to make good decisions.
Plus the following mindset and skills developed though the study of economics at University of Oslo:
- The ability to process numbers and statistics.
- The ability to model advanced economic issues, and thinking in terms of socioeconomic profits.
Do you have any career advice for new students?
Students should work hard and get good grades. In addition, it helps to be actively engaged in student associations or part-time jobs.
I also believe that students should approach potential employers to find relevant issues for the master thesis. This can also be a possible gateway to working life.
(The interview was originally conducted in Norwegian, and is translated to English).