Ingvild Kavli is a project manager with Oslo og Omland Friluftsråd (OOF), which is one of the intermunicipal member organizations of the Norwegian Outdoor Board.
Ingvild Kavli believes it is important to show the practical value of your competence when applying for jobs.
How did you get your current job?
I applied for an advertized position. Before applying, I called the employer to show interest and ascertain whether I, as a recent graduate, would be suitable for the post.
I had been in touch with the organization previously in connection with topics for my master's project, and referred to this in the hope that they might remember me.
Why do you think they chose you for the job?
I think the fact that I really wanted this job was a determining factor, in addition to having an education that is relevant to the position in several areas.
In addition to the master’s in human geography, I took a 1-year course in outdoor studies at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH).
The employer knew about the field of human geography, and had previously had positive collaborations with human geographers. My CV showed relevant work experience from a part-time job.
What are your main duties?
I have overall responsibility for planning and organizing activities aimed at increasing participation in and knowledge of outdoor life among various target groups in the population who are not so familiar with these areas.
I also get involved in writing consultation statements on, for example, municipal sub-plans for sports and outdoor activities in the region. Our focus is on facilitating a coherent greenery structure and walking paths around residential areas, whilst ensuring compliance with legislation intended to preserve the forested recreational area surrounding Oslo (Markaloven) so that the population can enjoy the nature, outdoor activities and sports.
What are you working on just now?
My work day is very varied, with many different tasks. I write applications for grant schemes, attend various meetings and help the activity manager to plan and evaluate the content of our measures.
Some days I serve as an activity manager on projects with, for example, adult education classes and introduction courses for migrants.
Other days I attend meetings with various partners among our member municipalities or county authorities to plan the individual projects. One of our tasks is to organize seminars in the municipalities in order to increase the focus on the use of the schools’ local communities in teaching, with the aim of encouraging more outdoor activities in school.
OOF is also a nature and outdoors forum where various outdoor organizations and other NGOs gather to collaborate and discuss relevant issues.
How do you apply your qualifications from the Department of Sociology and Human Geography in your work?
My education has helped me understand how we can organize and develop our projects in a way that best achieves our goals for accessibility and use of land protection and walking paths in the region. This entails the facilitation, availability and safeguarding of land for a variety of activities in the local communities, and raising awareness among the inhabitants.
In addition, my knowledge of key characteristics of urban and complex communities has helped me to take into account the entire population and adapt the projects and consultation statements accordingly.
What is your top tip for students who want to be attractive in the job market?
Show interest and commitment to the organization you are applying to. Highlight the specific benefits of your skills to the employer. Researching the employer and ascertaining their expectations of the postholder will give you a head start.
Contact the Career Services for advice and course information – that’s what I did!