Former teachers and counsellors form a major part of the professional network of Geir Juell Skogseth, who has a second-level degree in arabic and is the national adviser for the Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre, Landinfo.
Geir Juell Skogseth
- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today
- As national adviser, I’m responsible for collecting information for the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and the Immigration Appeals Board on political developments, the human rights situation, history, and social and cultural conditions in Arab and African countries.
- What do you like most about your job?
- The immigration administration is a constantly developing field and has a very young, dynamic working environment. It’s also great to get paid for continuing to learn about a part of the world in which I’ve been involved since I started at Blindern!
- How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?
- My language skills in Arabic and French are invaluable tools for accessing information that is not available in Norwegian or English, and my two separate periods of study in Egypt have provided me with significant experience and proximity to social conditions in the Arab world. Finally, my former teachers and supervisors are an important part of my professional network.
- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?
- Choose a subject you really like and are good at, go beyond the reading list and find your academic niche. A genuine interest in what you are studying will strengthen you academically, and competence in combination with enthusiasm will always stand you in good stead in the labour market.