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.
Simen Rommetveit Halvorsen
- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today
- I am working in an inter-departmental analysis group in the ministry. I have very few traditional administrative tasks, and my work is mainly to collate knowledge and analyse problems that have a bearing on policy development. This could involve writing summaries of research for the political leadership before they make a statement to the media on a current issue, or more comprehensive analyses related to policy development projects. There is a wide span; during the last year I have worked on, for example, the correlation between mental health and learning, brain research, randomized controlled studies in education research and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
- What do you like most about your job?
- I have a lot of freedom in my job. I am assigned tasks that require me to read up on new topics, while I am also expected to bring new knowledge and ideas to the table. In my job I also need to be curious and critical, of the knowledge base on which policies are based as well as of the effect of the measures that are proposed.
- How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?
- My subject involves investigation, reflection and writing, and these are the skills that I primarily use in my job. From philosophy, I have been trained in studying complicated problems, picking them apart and proposing how to handle them. This is a method that you can acquire through a number of humanities disciplines.
- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?
- It’s very smart to engage in something besides your studies that will provide you with relevant experience. I was active on a student newspaper. This was the key to summer jobs on other newspapers and a summer project in Statkraft, which gave me a wider scope and made it easier to find a job after graduation. Moreover, it’s smart to practise presenting your skills and selling them to various employers. It’s important to break the code to how you communicate your competencies clearly in job applications and interviews.