My Dear Rotarians
Almost 6 years have passed since I left your beautiful country to return to Denmark. While none of them have been as exciting and involved as much travelling as my exchange year, a lot has happened and I would like to offer you a short update on what I have been doing and experienced since then.
Upon my return to Frederikshavn, my home town in the Northern part of Denmark, I still had two years left of high school to finish before being eligible for university. It was two fun years where I reconnected with childhood friends and made new ones and, as you know, did some travelling in the holidays where I once again visited South Africa with my family. However, Frederikshavn being a small place and many young people moving away, I was very happy to relocate to Copenhagen (the capital of Denmark) in the summer of 2011 when I was accepted into the Bachelor of Science programme in “International Business and Politics” at the Copenhagen Business School. It is one of the hardest university programmes to get into in Denmark, but I was disappointed during my second year over the quality of teaching. However, I now have a pretty firm grounding in economics and political science, having graduated in June 2014 and getting my first degree!
However, that does not mean that I have yet gotten around to getting “a real job”. The market for recent graduates is tough in Denmark, so I am now well into the second semester of a 2 year Master’s programme at the University of Copenhagen in Security Risk Management – a new and exciting field targeting companies with international exposure – and I plan to graduate in June next year if everything goes well. I am very happy with my new programme which has a small but highly international student body and faculty.
I have been working part time ever since moving to Copenhagen, first at the Copenhagen Business School as a research supporter, and since November 2014 as a researcher in a global executive search firm called Russell Reynolds Associates (yes they have an office in Johannesburg!). This is interesting, seeing how I know next to nothing about Human Resources and even less about headhunting, but the research and strategy work that we do is highly relevant. So even though this is probably not the area where I will end up, I am enjoying the job a lot, especially when I am looking out on beautiful Copenhagen from our central office location and drinking free coffee!
Besides that, I am also now the owner of a small apartment together with René, my long-time boyfriend, who moved with me to pursue a degree in Business and IT. No kids on the radar yet, but we are the proud owners of two pet birds – budgies to be exact – called Oscar and Freja. The pressure from my mom to supply her with a grandchild decreased significantly after my nephew, Liam, was born in the summer of 2012 and I am perhaps the proudest aunt in the whole wide world! My whole family is also well, happy and healthy after a cancer-scare on behalf on my sister-in-law last year and a coronary thrombosis on behalf of my dad a few years ago.
Having turned 24 this January, I find myself wondering how much, and also how little, has changed since I came home. There is no doubt that life in Copenhagen is treating me very well and I absolutely love living here with he full palette of work, school, hobbies, friends and family. However, I am thinking a lot about what sort of full time position and career I want to pursue when I graduate next year and I am not at all sure. I am looking to perhaps apply outside of Denmark and relocate again accordingly, as I definitely still have some “Wanderlust”. I could, for example, work in South Africa for a while!
I hope that you and your families are well and happy and I would love to hear some news from you all, both about the club and about you individually. You can get in touch with me either on my firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook where I see many of your pictures and updates, or if you connect with me on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amaliewedege
Love to you all and goodbye for now!