Interdisciplinary Studies Centre

Sofie's career story

Sophie smiling for the camera wearing a black roll neck.

Sofie, BA European Studies graduate

Why were you interested in studying European Studies?

I had always been interested in politics, and now I had the chance to study almost everything that came with politics, including history, law, sociology, democracy studies and languages. The interdisciplinary nature of European Studies stood out to me because I was then able to choose between a variety of interesting subjects. So overall I had a very good opportunity to widen my horizons. 

What did you most enjoy about your studies?

I truly enjoyed that I had almost complete freedom to choose which modules I studied. I remember one module in particular which was especially interesting. It was about new democracies, so we studied the history of Israel, India and South Africa. I also enjoyed learning French. 

European Studies also gives you the opportunity to study exactly what you want, and it brings together all subjects that are important in society. My year abroad was also a great opportunity to experience another culture and country. The best part of all though, is that you will meet people from all over Europe, which enriches the class discussions a lot.

What have you done since graduating?

After finishing my degree, I worked for the Liberal Party during the 2018 election, a job where my bachelor degree was very helpful. I'm now working as a coordinator at Circular Norway, a circular economy start-up. The company wants to facilitate the transition to a circular economy for big companies, SMEs and start-ups.

How has your degree helped you in your career? 

Some of the modules I chose have been really helpful later in life. Ones that stand out are one about EU law, and a module about the Enlightenment. Knowing the history and literature from that period gives me a great perspective on current events.