Kjetil Helgeland, Senior Consultant
"After I had initial doubts about leaving public sector for consulting, I learned more about Ramboll and its core values which convinced me that there was no better place to work with the important educational topics than at Ramboll Management Consulting."
Kjetil Helgeland, Senior ConsultantOpen positions
Senior ConsultantT: +47 9222 3291
Welcome to our recent joiner
Here you will meet Kjetil Helgeland who recently has joined our Social & Economic Impacts team in Oslo. Here he will be working with analysis, evaluations and implementation withi the public sector.
Learn more about Kjetil in this interview.
What do you work with?
For the most part I will work on tenders and projects on education. It could be evaluations, mappings and workshops on all levels - from pre-primary education to higher education. Furthermore I will do some work on areas like culture and integration. For example, I just joined the project "Arts in numbers" that we are doing in collaboration with the Norwegian Arts Council.
What made you want to join Ramboll Management Consulting?
Coming back to my former employer after a highly entertaining and challenging two-year loan spell at the OECD, I realised that I wanted to work even more in line with what I had just experienced. After I had initial doubts about leaving public sector for consulting, I learned more about Ramboll and its core values which convinced me that there was no better place to do this than at Ramboll Management Consulting.
What is the most significant professional experience you have had so far?
To be a part of a winning proposal was way more fun than I anticipated! I don’t see myself as very competitive by nature, but I found it quite thrilling to be part of a winning tender process here in Ramboll Management Consulting. The project we won starts next week, so now the hard work begins.
What is the most exciting development within your field of work?
Ramboll Management Consulting has an important role in feeding the public sector with the information needed to make better policies. However, one of the more interesting global developments in education is a shift from only focusing on data and policy making, to an increased attention to implementation of policies. We do know a lot about what works and what does not, but the key is to know how do we make sure change is implemented throughout the system.
Singapore has an educational system that is recognized as one of the world’s best systems and one could argue that the focus on implementation is what makes the Singaporean education system a top performing education system. Other systems are lagging behind in this shift, including in Norway where policies traditionally have been developed centrally, leaving the implementation to municipalities and counties. I would like to take my part in enabling that shift.
How do you define the higher purpose of what you do?
I still have quite vivid memories of the kids in my class who for one or more reasons struggled in school. The class were not always as supportive as we should have been. Neither were the teachers. Improving education would mean a lot both socially and economically at society level but most important, it will make a difference to many children and youths who just need an extra push. If my work could contribute to that, I would be very happy.
What (or who) is your best source of inspiration?
My colleagues, my kid (soon to be kids) and my wife. Not always in that order, though…
At my desk I always have…?
A cup of black coffee. And my headphones, for when my colleagues are having too much fun. Haha.
If I had the skills, I would love to be…?
Steve Albini (musician, record producer and audio engineer).
Facts about the recent joiner:
Joining from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training
MA in Sociology from the University of Oslo