Political adviser

Academic knowledge from the Faculty of Humanities is an excellent background for my work as a political adviser to the Labour Party, says María T. Hevzy, who has a master’s degree in Asia and Middle East Studies.

Maria T. Hevzy. Photo: Bernt Sønvisen

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

- It’s a bit hard to describe; I work with many different areas, depending on the phase that the party is in. Right now I am working a lot with programme process and contact with various organizations, enterprises etc. During an election campaign, I work with things that are related to the campaign. It isn’t the case that one only works with one area. That said, I have worked a great deal on issues of religion and life stance, integration, international matters, regular organizational work and much else besides. 

- What do you like most about your job?

- It feels good to work for a higher goal, that of equal opportunities for everyone, irrespective of who they are or where they come from. Everything we do is geared towards achieving that goal. So it’s good to see that we actually keep our promises, and that we have plans to meet the challenges to come in the time ahead. It’s also great that no two days are the same, that the tasks are varied.

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

- I’ve found it very useful to have learned to work in a structured way, along with knowledge of cultures and religions. Other than that, I think the experiences I had growing up and alongside my studies have been of most relevance.

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

- I think it’s important to be involved in extra-curricular activities and to acquire a good network to draw upon. When writing assignments and choosing issues to examine more closely and so on, I think it’s a good idea to write about something as relevant as possible to our contemporary society.

By Torunn Nyland, Career and Employability Coordinator HF
Published Mar. 17, 2015 2:50 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2021 2:32 PM