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“I never expected to be working for the Police, or that my education would be relevant here, but it actually is,” says Camilla Eriksen Andreassen, who has a Master’s degree in South-Asian Culture and Society.

Camilla Eriksen Andreassen

- What are the most important aspects of your job?

– I work in the ID Section of the National Police Immigration Service, which is a sort of support team assisting all the ID teams.

- What do you like best about your job?

– The best thing about my job is that I feel that I am making a useful contribution every single day that I am work. I like having almost daily contact with the authorities in other countries, along with the associated challenges and solutions.

How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?

– I think that I have benefitted most from cultural understanding. In one of my previous jobs I was involved in working with applications from all over the world on a daily basis, so then it is incredibly important and useful to have such knowledge. I acquired this from my studies at Blindern, but probably mainly from going on exchange visits to both China and India as part of my studies. This was also very important for me when I was working at the Indian Embassy in Oslo just after I had completed my Master’s degree since I was theoretically working in India. I have also been able to make use of my knowledge of the area when interviewing applicants from South-Asia.

- What’s your best tip for new students who are concerned about their job opportunities after graduation?

– Don’t expect to get your dream job immediately or even one which is particularly relevant. But that does not mean to say that you won’t eventually be able to make use of what you have learnt. If you are lucky you might find a relevant job, but realistically speaking there are not many such jobs available. I therefore think that it is important to think slightly out of the box when you are looking for a job. I never expected to work for the Police, or that my education would be relevant here, but it actually is, and I know that there are many people with similar Master’s degrees from the Faculty who are working for the Immigration Service.

By Torunn Nyland, Career and Employability Coordinator HF
Published Oct. 22, 2018 4:51 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2021 2:31 PM