Secretary for youth and academic assistant
I am fortunate to work with issues related to equality and the labour market, which were a key part of my degree studies, says Linn Andersen. She is youth secretary at the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and an academic assistant at the University of Bergen.
- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today
- At LO, I would say that without doubt the most important task I have is to inform and make people aware of their rights in the workplace; everyone from young people of school age to older people who have been in employment for many years.
As academic assistant and the person responsible for the Oslo portion of the EU project, I would say that the most important thing is for me to follow up relevant candidates for interview, promote the project in the most professional way possible and have an open dialogue with the project leaders on progress and development.
- What do you like most about your job?
-As part of LO’s district office for Oslo and Akershus county, I am fortunate enough to be part of many exciting activities involving everything from conferences to school visits to awareness-raising campaigns to meetings with the City Council and cooperation with entities such as the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration.and the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud (LDO). In other words, a varied working day with the opportunity to continually develop my own and others’ competence through cooperation across organizations and entities.
The best thing about my job as an academic assistant is that I am relatively free to work when and where I want. In addition to being able to continue to maintain critical and research-oriented mental activity, in contrast to many people I know who say that the world of research is becoming ever more distant with every passing day.
- How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?
- I am really very fortunate to work with something that I feel passionate about and that has been a central part of my studies ‒ equality and the labour market. A key aspect of my Master’s thesis was to look at how policy documents are implemented and put into practice in an organization. In LO and the union movement generally, it is these very policy documents and established agreements that we follow up to ensure that people in the workplace are informed about them and are made consciously aware of them.
With regard to research, I would have to say the way of thinking and how one assesses and understands information. In addition comes methodology; to a certain extent methodology is central to both jobs.
- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?
- Find out what job opportunities there are. You will never obtain a full overview, but just by talking to people and reading articles and so on within your field of interest, you will constantly discover possible new places of work. Personally I never thought about LO as a potential workplace until I was lured here by my present colleague – and I can swear on the Working Environment Act that I love my job and that LO really is a dream workplace for me personally.
If you want to continue with research – be available, make contacts and talk to people who do research in areas in which you can contribute and add valuable competence to the project.