Senior Executive Officer

My studies have proven to be very relevant for the job, Heidi Bade says. She has a master's degree in Culture, Environment and Sustainability and works with Norway's international climate and forest initiative in the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Heidi Bade

- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today

- I’m responsible for following up the Climate and Forest cooperation with Brazil. Among other things it involves working to ensure that Norwegian financial support is used as efficiently as possible for sustainable development projects in the Amazon. My workday frequently comprises: one or more meetings, writing key speaking points for the Minister of Climate and Environment, answering enquiries from journalists and maybe planning a field trip to Brazil. A typical workday also involves lots of e-mails – usually about fifty in the course of a day. So it’s important to be able to express yourself concisely and well.

- What do you like most about your job?

- I get to work with what I think is most important, namely how we can contribute to avoiding dangerous climate change. The issues involve climate, the indigenous population, biodiversity and human rights. These are important and very compelling topics! I also like that the job involves a lot of cooperation in an open-plan office. So a workday involves socialisation just as much as during my career as a student.

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

- My master's degree from the Centre for Development and the Environment is very relevant for the work related to the Climate and Forest Initiative, and my master's thesis was also on this topic. But I would add that I have benefited just as much from what I learned outside my formal studies. I was a student trainee at the embassy in Brasilia and learned Portuguese. The period of time I worked as a journalist with strict deadlines for the student newspaper Universitas was also an asset for this job.

- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?

- Students with a master's degree in social science and the humanities should try to get specialized competence. I would advise learning languages and applying for work experience placement. The master's thesis is a unique opportunity – use it to work with what you find most interesting. And finally: don't worry so much about getting a job, but enjoy your time as a student!

By Torunn Nyland, Career and Employability Coordinator HF
Published Apr. 14, 2014 1:39 PM - Last modified Oct. 12, 2018 1:15 PM