In Norway, employees are encouraged to live well-balanced lives and are afforded a great deal of flexibility in meeting obligations at work and with family and friends. Work-life balance is firmly embedded in Norwegian society. Still, it can also be intimidating to have free time in a new country where you have few, if any, social connections before your arrival.
In addition to benefits such as flexible working hours, extensive paid holiday, training facilities, and cultural events, the professional community at OsloMet warmly welcomes new employees from the very first day into a fulfilling network with a wide range of social opportunities.
A welcoming international community
Sidney Pontes-Filho, a Computer Science PhD fellow from Brazil, fondly recalls his first day on the job at OsloMet in 2018:
"I felt welcomed from my very first day. That morning I met my buddy who was another PhD candidate, and he brought me to meet my supervisor and my other colleagues who were all very nice and welcoming. They walked me through all the procedures for new employees, and then I had a tour around the campus, which has so much to offer – even a huge climbing wall! I'm looking forward to one day trying that."
Pontes-Filho was impressed by his smooth integration into both the new work environment and among his new colleagues. He has enjoyed getting to know each of them as well as their professional interests and aspirations, which he finds beneficial to his own research. Life at OsloMet isn't all work and no play, however, and he has discovered several social events that have helped him develop connections with his peers.