Ministry of Finance
Markus works with financial consequences of budget proposals.
Photo: Ministry of Finance
How did you get the job?
I was unsure what I wanted to do after completing my degree, but I knew the Ministry of Finance was one of the most interesting and relevant workplaces for an economist.
Just before I finished the studies, I saw the announcement from the Ministry of Finance and read more about the work and challenges they could offer. I decided to apply for a job after an interview where I had to reflect on a number of academic issues. I was never in doubt that this was the most interesting place I could start my career when I accepted their offer.
What do you think were the most important factors for being offered the job?
The Ministry of Finance emphasizes good grades, and interest in political and social issues.
I managed to show that I could reflect over political and social issues in the interview process, and I believe that had a lot to do with receiving a job offer in the end.
I also had part-time jobs in addition to studying, internships in the Business Organization's main organization (NHO), and more political positions. I believe this made my background varied and interesting to the employer.
What are your tasks in your current job?
I have the main responsibility for parts of the cases from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. My job is to assess the economic and social consequences of new proposals coming from the ministry.
How is the knowledge you acquired through studying economics relevant to your current job?
By studying economics, I acquired a comprehensive analytical approach that allows me to review and evaluate new material quickly.
When I assess incentives or possible consequences different proposals may have, the background from the department of economics at UiO is very valuable.
Do you have any career advice for new students?
The competition for the best jobs is hard, so it is important to have good grades.
Having interesting internships, part-time jobs or involvement in organizations makes you stand out from the crowd. At the same time, you get useful experiences that employers value – such as having responsibility, collaborating with others and the ability to communicate complex material in a simple and understandable manner.
(The interview was originally conducted in Norwegian, and is translated to English).