Research Coordinator

By studying philosophy, I have learned to think in an analytical and critical way, says Lene who works at the Norwegian Military Academy.

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Lene Bomann-Larsen

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

- I am responsible for initiating, managing and contributing to the implementation of research and development projects at the Norwegian Military Academy. In addition, I have to quality control and facilitate research work and am responsible for strategies and plans for the academy’s R&D operation in accordance with the needs of the Norwegian Army and professional training. I have also done some teaching and had teaching responsibility for my subject areas, i.e. philosophy of science/methods and ethics.

- What do you like most about your job?

-The work environment is really dynamic and it’s enjoyable working with the military. I like the way they think. I’m also learning new things every day and feel like I’m the one going to school myself. It’s also enjoyable to work in a small institution where you can be very hands-on in all possible processes. I also find the job very meaningful as what we do is so important  – training officers for the Army. It’s actually a matter of life and death.

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

- Some subject knowledge from the Faculties of Humanities is directly relevant to the subject areas at the academy. I wrote a theses for example on the ethics of war. Military theory and military history, which we teach here, are also humanities subjects. But the most useful thing I have learnt by studying philosophy is to think analytically and critically while also being a typical generalist. This is useful when I need to work in a multidisciplinary way like I do here. In any case, is it the informal learning, rather than the detailed subject knowledge, which constitutes the most important skills.

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

- Don’t concentrate on particular problems. Take part in various activities and do other things both within and outside your studies. Try teaching, communicating and cooperation projects. Your CV is about more than just grades and what you learn outside the syllabus is at least as valuable as what you learn within it.

By Torunn Nyland, Career and Employability Coordinator HF
Published Feb. 2, 2013 9:00 PM - Last modified July 1, 2022 12:56 PM