At the Faculty of Humanities I learned to be critical of sources, think analytically and pose the right questions to obtain good answers, says Kjersti Johannessen, who is newsroom manager at tv2.no and has an MA degree in South Asian Studies.
- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today
- I am newsroom manager at tv2.no. This involves prioritizing news items, delegating tasks, supervising journalists and coordinating with other departments at TV2. I also write articles when there is time – I was a reporter for three years before being appointed to an editorial leadership role.
- What do you like most about your job?
- I like the variety and not knowing what the day will bring when I come to work. It’s a hectic life, where I can have a say in setting the agenda and cover major events, such as the 22 July incidents and the subsequent trial, political events in Norway and abroad, accidents and crime. At TV2 we have an excellent working environment, where we are encouraged to work out ideas and are included in designing our own work situation, in the company of some of Norway’s best journalists.
- How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?
- Being critical of sources, thinking analytically and posing the right questions to obtain good answers. As a journalist, good clear writing is essential. Every day I benefit from the comprehensive writing training I received during my studies.
- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?
Do whatever you can to obtain relevant practical experience while studying, as a part-time employee or as an intern. I was Visiting Trainee at the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu through the International Project Semester (InterPro). It was a fantastic opportunity to combine academic learning with accumulation of relevant work experience, and I benefited greatly from it after returning home. I could work with interesting cases, while at the same time collecting information that I later used for my master’s thesis. In addition, I learned a whole lot about Nepalese culture and politics during the six months that I spent there.
Building a CV while studying pays off after graduation when you need to apply for permanent employment. If you fail to find the job of your dreams immediately, don’t give up. If you work hard and grab the opportunities that come your way, you will gradually rise to a more responsible position. It’s enough if only one person discovers your abilities and gives you a chance.
Read an interview about the InterPro period in Nepal.