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Silje Haukås Bratberg: Keelite of the Month January 2017
2002 International Relations
What am I doing now?
For the time being I am employed in a temporary position as a project coordinator in UNHCR. The project is a profiling study of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan, and my role is to coordinate our work in the field. I am also a social entrepreneur in the process of setting up a business, Ung Intro, for the support of unaccompanied minors aged 15-18 and unemployed young adults.
How did you get to where you are now?
Through a lot of hard work, daring to let go at a time when I was not satisfied with my work situation, and never giving up on what I believe in.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
My achievements so far with Ung Intro over the past year and a half. Six young refugees aged 16-17 years have so far participated in work experience, which makes a big difference in their daily lives while living in the asylum reception centre. Work experience contributes to building their self-esteem and self-confidence in a new environment, as well as helping them learn Norwegian faster. The work of Ung Intro thus also involves health promotion and the well-being of the youth. Our target groups are clearly defined and I have developed a business model. We are planning to cooperate with municipalities for the follow-up of asylum seeking youth and refugees, and to implement a sponsorship programme in cooperation with businesses.
And your biggest mistake?
Not having passed my driver’s licence when I was younger. It gets harder when you’re older. But I am working at it.
What are your ambitions now?
My ambition is to be a part of the solution in the current migrant situation that poses great challenges in Europe.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Network, ask for advice and offer help.
What made you choose Keele University?
Attending an Open Day and experiencing the fresh air and atmosphere of the Keele University. It made me want to come back.
What kind of a student were you?
Diligent and hard-working.
How has Keele influenced your life?
By striving to learn more and understand more.
What is your favourite memory of Keele?
The Keele Community. And Students’ Union nights were fab.
What is your impression of Keele now?
By the looks of the website, videos and pictures of Keele – innovative, entrepreneurial and forward-thinking!
Anything else you would like to add?
Keele, I will be seeing you.