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UiB Ferd Career Centre brings together a team from across the university to deliver training and support.

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Have you ever been unsure about your next step in respect of your work or education? Have you ever thought that you should have known this many years ago? That is how things are for most of us. By and large, we find a way forward and sometimes doors open randomly. The UiB Ferd Career Centre for Early Stage Researchers is designed to serve as a hub for knowledge and learning about choosing a direction and transitions. UiB Ferd offers tools and venues in order to provide you with career competence.


Competence is about knowledge of the context you find yourself in, reflection about opportunities and limitations and insight into your own skills. Planning also requires you to have details about who and what will help you to make progress. UiB Ferd is probably not in the same league as The 12th Man, but we are not far off. 


"Career competence is not about being the best or having a better career. It's about doing what is necessary in order to obtain what you want." says UiB Ferd leader Ellen Hagen. 


UiB Ferd works in accordance with the DOTS model, which is basically about understanding oneself in context and knowing the opportunities that are available for making such conscious choices. The Career Centre is located in Múseplassen 2. You are welcome to come and have a chat with one of our career supervisors.

Career supervisors

Ellen Hagen

Ellen Hagen has been delivering career guidance in various contexts since 2012. She was a research fellow at adm.org in 2004-2012, but left her PhD to start working with absences from upper secondary schools under the Ny Giv project. After working for a while as a manager at NAV Voss, Ellen worked for Hkdir where she was responsible for a European career guidance incentive called Euroguidance. Due to her strong commitment to lifelong learning and mentoring, Hagen enrolled in a Master's in career guidance at the INN (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences). The subject of her thesis is career development for postdoctoral fellows in Norway. 
Ellen Hagen has broad experience of academia and working life


•    international experience 
•    career guidance 
•    academia 
•    working life and exclusion 

Signe Knappskog

Signe Knappskog has many years experience as a consultant providing practical assistance, including careers advice, to international researchers. She previously held a position as a study supervisor, and worked on the recruitment and follow-up of scientific employees as a departmental administrative manager. In 2021, Knappskog joined the HR Department's team responsible for careers and competence, and during the same year she completed a postgraduate degree in supervision at VID Specialised University. 
Signe Knappskog possesses extensive versatile experience from UiB 


•    international experience 
•    supervision 
•    inclusion and diversity 

Andre medarbeidere

Ole Christian Bjørgo Laukli 

Ole Christian Bjørgo Laukli works in the academic fields of careers, competence and management development. He possesses extensive experience in organisational development, strategy work and management development from other sectors and UiB. Ole Christian will support UiB Ferd with course development and implementation of centre objectives. 

Elisabeth Nesheim 

Katie Anders

Katie Anders is a senior adviser at the Division of Research and Innovation, UiB. Katie’s academic background is in applied social research. She has worked as a researcher developer and research adviser in the UK and Norway since 2010, specialising in supporting postdocs and providing academic coaching and proposal support. She is a Momentum programme coordinator. 

Susanne Ruth Mikki

Susanne is the academic manager for research support at the University Library. Her team provides support in academic writing, publishing, handling research data, literature search, principles of open science and bibliometrics. In addition to collaborating with UiB Ferd, she participates in UiB's analysis group and in the BOA team, which provides support for externally funded projects. She has a Ph.D. in oceanography.

Marie Eide 

Marie Eide is a senior adviser at the Division of Resarch and Innovation. Marie holds a PhD in marine biogeochemistry for UiB, and has previous experience as an advisor in climate and polar reserach at The Research Council of Norway. At UiB she coordinates the univerity's PhD programme, and she is co-coordinator for the Momentum programme.