How to Showcase & Leverage your Skills in Norway 2019

For many immigrants, trailing spouses, and refugees in Norway, securing the dream job that matches and utilizes their skillset is difficult and at times seems nearly impossible. This reality, however, is not reserved only for “foreigners” - repats, senior workers, and even Norwegians in Norway have difficulty in securing employment.

Co-hosted by Diversify and Network for Work.

For many immigrants, trailing spouses, and refugees in Norway, securing the dream job that matches and utilizes their skillset is difficult and at times seems nearly impossible. This reality, however, is not reserved only for “foreigners” – repats, senior workers, and even Norwegians in Norway have difficulty in securing employment.

Diversify and Network for Work have decided to host an event to shine a light on this structural problem and, more importantly, explore possibilities of leveraging people’s skills in the Norwegian market and finding ways to get around or over the stumbling blocks along the way.

You will hear from three women (Chisom Udeze, Nikol Mard, and Nada Ahmed), with three unique experiences and perspectives, yet quite similar in their ability to defy the norm and navigate the structural difficulties.

And though they will not shy away from the struggles and the reality of trying to enter the Norwegian job market, they will provide practical steps on what worked for them. The central idea here is that they will provide specific examples of how they leveraged their skills (which skills they leveraged) to stand out and ultimately build the careers that they inadvertently wanted.

This event will begin with a Panel Session, that will be moderated by Michell Mpike, the Founder of Inklusive Books. It will continue with a detailed yet swift “Master Class” presentation given by each of the speakers. Their presentations will be shared with attendees via email. Thereafter, the audience will join an interactive activity, after which we will take reflections and closing remarks for the day.

Click here to reserve your ticket. We look forward to seeing you there.

As usual, event is free for Network for Work Go-Getter members. To become a member, sign up at Network for Work.

We are happy to announce that this event was a successful one. Please see some pictures for the event below. Also, to read more about the event takeaways, please click here.

The three Panelists and Moderator. L-R: Nikol Mard, Nada Ahmed, Chisom Udeze, and Michell Mpike.

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Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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