Hi! I’m Ingvild Sveier Ottemo and for the past eight weeks, I have had an internship in the Human Resources department at Orkla Foods Norway (OFN).
Located at Mastemyr just outside of Oslo, OFN is the biggest business area of Orkla, with more than 1400 employees. Here, I have assisted the HR managers in their everyday tasks, mostly concerning personnel administration, recruitment and other organizational matters.
To kick start my Orkla experience, I attended a two-day introduction seminar together with other employees who recently started their Orkla career. The seminar gave a great introduction to the value chain of Orkla Foods Norway, and gave a valuable insight into all of the different functions that work together so that you can eat a pizza Grandiosa on a Friday night.
Left: Safety goggles and vest at the factory visit. Right: Introduction seminar for new OFN employees.
I have also been fortunate enough to assist in a recruitment process. Sitting on the other side of the table has been a valuable experience, not mention reassuring for my own future interviews. Note to self: those sitting on the other side of that table interviewing you truly only want to get to know you!
I have also gotten the opportunity to get an inside peek into the production process at Orkla. The interns who works at Orkla this semester got a guided tour at the factory producing products such as Zalo. From an HR perspective, it was really interesting seeing the working conditions in a factory, and how strict the safety procedures were. A big thumbs up from the organizational psychology student on that one!
Having an internship as a part of my master’s degree has been an overall great experience. I have met a lot of people who have challenged me and helped me grow within my academic field. In addition, I have received a lot of trust and freedom to solve the tasks given to me.