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#STEMStories: Elisabeth, Senior Advisor, Renewable Energy, Norway

1. Say hi :) who are you what do you do?

My name is Elisabeth, I am 39 years old and I work for Multiconsult, one of the leading engineering firms in Scandinavia. I have a MA in Technology, Science and Society. After I graduated, I first worked for a small entrepreneurial company focused on climate change policies but after a few years, I started to work with renewable energy in Multiconsult. It is a very inspiring field to work in.

2. How did you arrive at this career? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

I am not one of those determined people you sometimes meet in business. However, I always knew I wanted to work somewhere where I can contribute to sustainable development in some way. My parents both worked for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and we lived for a short time in Zimbabwe when I was younger.  I think that is where I found my passion for Africa. I am very fortunate to have found a company where I can combine these interests.

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

Contributing to development of clean energy and sustainable development through my work gives me a sense of purpose. I also love to learn and in an engineering company, there is always something new to learn.

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

I have many awesome colleagues who share my passion for sustainable development. If I am having a bad day, I can usually walk around the office and get inspiration from some of our projects around the world. I also recently started meditating with the Calm app and it has significantly reduced my stress levels.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

My grandmother. She loved to learn, and was a keen reader. She grew up in a time where women did not have many opportunities for higher education but she continued to educated herself through her reading.

6. What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?

Do the international student exchange program – Living in another country will build your confidence, develop your cultural sensitivity and help you understand a wide range of life circumstances. Also, dismiss the notion that there are things you should and should not do because you are a woman.

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

First and foremost, congratulations on being a STEM girl!

  • My main tip is build your network. It is important to meet, talk and collaborate with people doing similar things and that share your passion. Knowing people can open many doors.
  • Secondly, get involved in your company and learn as much as you can. You can sign up as union representative, be in the Christmas party committee or participate in other initiatives that will get you noticed.
  • Thirdly, one tip that I am currently pursuing myself – find a mentor.

8. How do you measure your success?

To me success is being a good person.

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

Our company website is www.multiconsultgroup.com, and we post frequently on linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/multiconsult/

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

I would love to connect with young STEM women – follow me on twitter or add me on linkedin 

Twitter: @lokshall

LinkedIn: Elisabeth Lokshall