A new generation is rapidly entering the workforce. They have greater expectations and demands for employers than ever before. In addition to salary, status and perks, employers are also expected to deliver in areas such as diversity, learning, social responsibility and flexibility.
Here four young talents provide their take about their first encounters with Equinor.
Do we deliver the goods?
Ida Marie Fjellheim
The whole world as a workplace
For Ida Marie Fjellheim, what was supposed to be one year in London as a graduate turned into five years and a job in Equinor.
The sky over Paddington is gearing up for autumn rain. Suit-clad men and women wearing coats scurry between high-rises and hip cafes, headed for their respective offices. For five years, Ida Marie Fjellheim has hurried alongside them, on her way to Equinor’s office in London. Now the time is approaching for her return to Norway and the Oslo office.
“The original plan was one year here as part of the graduate programme, but one year soon turned into five. I have really grown to love this city, but at the same time, I feel that it’s about time to take all the experience I have gained here back home.”
All in one
Ida has settled into the most archetypical British area in the entire office; the tea area. When colleagues pop in, she engages in small-talk with a flawless British accent.
“They say that if you’re tired of London, then you’re tired of life. Without taking this too literally, there is definitely something to the saying. For me, who appreciates nightlife, culture, new impulses and an active life even though I live in a city, I get everything rolled into one here. The reality that I will be returning to Norway soon is about the fact that I both studied abroad, and eventually stayed here. I’m from Fjellhamar outside Oslo originally, but I haven’t lived anywhere near Oslo for ten years. Now that I have been given such a super-exciting opportunity back home, it feels right to establish a base there again..”
The only thing I was really sure about during my studies is that I wanted to work in a large company – but I also wanted to be in a place where I felt that I would be seen and followed up.
As a student, Kristoffer Gjerde has wondered whether his studies match up with his reality. As an intern in Equinor, he found the answer – and then some.
“I’ve always liked finding out how things work, particularly within computers and technology. That interest has certainly not diminished when we see everything going on with digitalisation today.”
Kristoffer Gjerde, intern in the IT department at Equinor in Stavanger, has set a firm course for the coffee machine. Since he started his intern period, he has taken advantage of the break from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) classroom to gain valuable work experience. While his buddies bask in the tropical summer, this intern is basking in a sea of data.
“That first cup of coffee is totally critical,” he says.
First coffee, then the team meeting. That has become his regular routine during the summer months.
“We always start by laying a plan for the day, an overview over priorities and which jobs we think we will finish. There is one other intern on my team; we’ve cooperated on three different projects. We’ve delivered two of them, now we just have the final spurt on the last one.”
Opportunities are the trigger
For Kristoffer, raised in Stavanger, Equinor has always existed in the periphery. Nevertheless, he never really thought about applying.
“Obviously, you have an extra awareness of Equinor when you come from Stavanger, often as a traditional oil company. I really hadn’t considered that it could be a place for me, because of the direction I was taking – not until somebody from here visited NTNU.”
Kristoffer first became aware of Equinor’s focus on digitalisation during the career days at school. That afternoon, he went home and read up on our plans and needs.
“I found out that they talk a surprising amount about digitalisation, that they are targeting their efforts on the digital transition and they want new IT people on the team. That triggered something in me – all the opportunities that arise when such a large company focuses on new technologies.”
Three projects to add to his CV
Having secured sufficient caffeine, he moves from meeting to screen. Sitting at the next desk, his partner is engrossed in deep concentration. The first project they worked on dealt with smart structuring of data in cloud solutions to allow analyses in real-time. The second project dealt with moving old databases into new solutions and building an application to simplify updates.
“Equinor has crazy volumes of data. What surprised me most last summer was how we were allowed to work on our tasks so independently, the trust we have been given. That and the fact that the way of working here is very similar to what we learn at school.”
Kristoffer shows us something that, to the untrained eye, looks like a jumble of random letters, numbers and symbols. Those are the innards of the latest project; an app that will make it easier for employees to organise in smart teams.
“In our department, we work in sprints. That means that each team works on a project for a week or two before it’s presented to a larger group and the managers – that helps ensure both progress and that the end result turns out as everyone expected.”
I found out that they talk a surprising amount about digitalisation, that they are targeting their efforts on the digital transition and they want new IT people on the team. That triggered something in me – all the opportunities that arise when such a large company focuses on new technologies.