The subject-specific and substantial elements of the philosophy programme have a significant bearing on how I understand my role as a facilitator of communication, says Hans T. Wiig, who is a web editor for Drammen municipality.
Hans T. Wiig
- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today
- My primary task, using the web as a channel, is to help the municipality to achieve its strategic goals. I function as a link between the organization and the technical community in terms of developing the web and digital services.
Much of my time is spent coordinating the more than 100 web contributors in the organization, so that our inter- and intranet pages contain updated, correct information. I am also responsible for training web contributors in writing for the web and web publishing tools, as well as being an adviser on general communication questions, and web communication in particular.
- What do you like most about your job?
- In recent years I have discovered the teacher in me, and I find it rewarding to be a course leader and an adviser. I also like working systematically with organization and development in order to be able to provide a better web service to the residents of Drammen.
The best thing about my job as an academic assistant is that I am relatively free to work when and where I want. In addition to being able to continue to maintain critical and research-oriented mental activity, in contrast to many people I know who say that the world of research is becoming ever more distant with every passing day.
- How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?
- All my other credits apart from those in philosophy are in social science. I don’t find it that easy to distinguish between my formal competence from the humanities and my competence from political science and sociology. They are very similar, and include critical thinking, analytical ability, and being able to recognize and extract the main elements from large volumes of information.
At the same time, it’s not only formal competence that is useful to me in my job. The subject-specific and substantial elements of my studies have also had an effect on me. For example, I think that reading Habermas or Adorno affects how one views the world in terms of a macro and micro perspective. For instance, it has a bearing on how I understand my role as a facilitator of communication between the residents of Drammen and the municipality, and civic participation in processes that have consequences for how the town will look and what objectives the municipality should aim towards. And that the cultural diversity that is a feature of Drammen sets requirements for how we communicate.
- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?
- Choose your subjects from the heart, but at the same time get experience of organizational and working life. Be proud of your humanities background and confident that you will acquire a solid, durable foundation to rely on in your working life.