Red Cross coordinator

Knowledge of Arabic was one of the main reasons why Anniken Schwamborn was hired by the Red Cross and went to Sudan.

Anniken Schwamborn

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

- Right now I’m in the process of changing the area I work in. In January I finish working on the Refugee Guide project, and will move on to working on training as the contact person for our training committee.

Together we arrange three course weekends per year as well as other courses according to need. Here we act as the link between the head office in Oslo and the local associations. I’m also continuing to work with Red Cross Youth, our youth organization. I support our district council in its work, which includes the establishment of a student association in 2012 at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and a focus on the priority areas of migration, sexual health and rules of war (international humanitarian law).

- What do you like most about your job?

- The fact that I’m always learning something new and developing myself each day. Akershus Red Cross is an absolutely unique place to work – I’m largely able to design my own working day. I create the conditions to enable others to carry out as much humanitarian work as possible – and what is really more inspiring than meeting committed people who make an effort to help others in their free time?

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

- Around the time I was completing my bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Humanities, I was offered the opportunity to work in Sudan as a youth delegate through Red Cross Youth. My working language in Sudan for nine months was Arabic, and the fact that I have studied Arabic is one of the principal reasons that I was offered this opportunity.

On my return, I applied for and was offered the job of coordinator for the Refugee Guide project in Asker and Bærum municipality. Initially I was hired until the end of 2010. In the past year I’ve been given new work assignments and now work at district level on training and Red Cross Youth.

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

- Get involved! Irrespective of the sector you want to work in, voluntary work will count in your favour. You acquire valuable organizational experience, make contacts, meet like-minded people…There are a multitude of organizations engaged in many different activities in Norway. Working as a volunteer definitely gives you an advantage when job-seeking!

By Torunn Nyland, Career and Employability Coordinator HF
Published Mar. 17, 2015 1:41 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2021 2:32 PM