ANSA KARRIEREDAG 2016
Before christmas we paid a visit at 'ANSA Karrieredag 2016' – which is a career day held by ANSA - Association of Norwegian Students Abroad. This is a one-day event in the centre of Oslo, gathering companies and students. Businesses get to meet Norwegian students with solid experience and knowledge from abroad, and the students can make contacts with attractive corporations with national and international offices. This is a great way to explore the field of work one as a student is going in to, and discovering new opportunities for work locally and internationally.
We saw this as a great opportunity to speak to both students and company representatives. To what extent do companies recruit international talent? What do they do within the company to welcome international talent to their work environment? Do they see a difference in students that have studied abroad – compared to students who have taken their whole degree in Norway?
We had several questions we wanted to know the answers to. We found that many of the companies have both cultural and social programs for internationals moving to Norway for work, and that they are aware of the fact that they should take a certain responsibility for their employees well-being. However, some of our conversations show that many Norwegian companies require that you as an employee speak Norwegian fluently. This seems to be a more important factor than your professional skills – especially for the companies working for the public sector. Based on these meetings, we do see that the industry is split – mainly by what clients they work for and were their main office is located.