My name is Anni Voll and I am at my last year of my bachelor`s degree in Applicable Psychology at Bjørknes college.
Due to the many possibilities a degree in psychology brings, working in Orkla has given me the chance to pursue one of many directions after graduating, as well as getting actual working experience whilst being a student. Especially since Orkla is one of the larger Groups in Norway and in the Nordic region, makes me grateful that I have gotten the opportunity to work with some of the best in this business.
During my time at Orkla, I worked in the HR division with the Orkla Food Ingredients companies. This includes among other companies; Idun Industri, My Bakery, Italiensk Bakery etc. My work has consisted of: employee profile merging, recruitment processes and most of all EU`s new guidelines for personal data protection, called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation): The new regulation applies to all companies either located in the EU or trading with companies located in the EU. This regulation has higher demands to consent and storage of personal data.
Here you can see the different divisions Orkla consist of.
My area of responsibility in the GDPR project is to map out how the companies within Orkla are handling the personal data, with the purpose of ensuring that these companies are currently following the new regulation, which takes effect March 2018.
During 6 out of my 9 weeks at Orkla, I have learned a lot. None the least I learned how to apply the theory of psychology into real life situations. Furthermore, when I participated in a recruitment process at Idun Industri, I found it very helpful having competence within the interview´s many biases; for example the interviewer´s tendency to interpret the same information differently than the other interviewers, the halo-effect (adding positive characteristics to a person based on a single factor), confirmation bias (seeking information that confirms what we already believe or want to believe about the interviewee) and so on. With this knowledge in mind, I believe we managed to make an objective decision of the interviewees, without the psychological biases we humans tend to apply.
Me in front of Orkla
I also learned about the importance of handling personal data correctly. For instance, how many people do you think have access to your personal data? Most likely, the answer is more people than you know. Therefore it is of the highest importance that this information does not fall into the wrong hands. GDPR is a therefore an important and necessary regulation designed to protect each employee no matter their place of work.
In short terms, working in Orkla has made me grow as a person. It has given me more insight and understanding into the world of HR and buisness, while I at a personal level have met a number of exiting challenges. Orkla in an incredible Group with an working environment that other companies can envy, and I am realy looking forward to my last three weeks.