There is a Lithuanian poem along the following lines – there are eighty thousands worlds to be crossed before coming back home (Aidas Marčėnas, Grįžtantis). After my first rotation in the Accounting center in Oslo I have had an opportunity to discover one more – Wind finance team based in London, UK.
While Statkraft’s history is counting 120 years, the office in London was opened in 2006. In UK Statkraft is developing and operating a number of wind farms (both onshore and offshore) and one hydropower plant. Currently the largest wind farm in operation is Sheringham Shoal (where Statkraft’s ownership is 40%), while substantial offshore wind farms are under development.
In Oslo my time was centred on internal reporting and getting to know the processes and systems. Wind finance team has added another perspective – external reporting. As the projects are getting bigger and our capabilities improving (read about Sara’s here), we have sold shares in some of the projects. This provides capital for new ones and brings associated reporting obligations vis-à-vis our partners.
In practice it means that I help preparing the reports on the onshore wind farms. This demands taking a deep dive into the drivers behind the financial results. Also, I have a possibility to look at the information not only from the Group’s, but from the investors’ point of view as well – what matters when making and following-up investment decisions.
Building upon the experience obtained in the Accounting center, the transition to the London’s office has been relatively smooth thanks to the great team. You will miss us, won’t you, sings one of my colleagues. She is absolutely right. The nature of the tasks gives an opportunity to work close to the professionals within both finance and engineering. In addition, a smaller and open layout office has allowed gaining insight into the day-to-day activities of other departments.
And more than that. It was not only moving from Oslo’s office to London’s geographically and having different tasks work-wise. Other dimensions have been added. It is extremely interesting to reflect on how this movement surfaces in everyday life. Take, for example, lunch. It should happen at the same time. And the choice should be sensible, but not overwhelming.
Really, should it? Maybe the timing should always be situation dependent? And instead of two canteens one could choose between packed lunch/take-away place/street-food market. And each of those categories would have n additional paths (with just 21 Pret in one kilometre radius!).
An adjective overwhelming goes along well with another aspect – the city. London. It is as versatile as the British weather. But, in contrast to the weather, it can be as you choose it to be. Lazy, green, silent and veggie. Or busy, buzzling and tucked into a juicy burger.
Or it can be as it chooses to be in spite of your foreseen plans. Previously I was motivated to sharpen my skiing skills (with a help of roller-skis) before coming back to Norwegian winter. However, an abundance of tennis courts and happy people swinging their rackets encouraged me to re-direct this determination. When in Rome do as the Romans do. So I followed the advice – dropped my initial plans, got a racket, signed up for courses and have begun to absolutely enjoy tennis!
Those additional dimensions to professional and personal life helped me to discover more of the city, the company and of myself. It can be very convenient to see everything from one perspective, whether it is headquarter-based, Lithuanian, introvert (or, in short, my own), instead of recognising differing needs and local specifics. It can be very convenient for me to attribute misunderstandings to Lithuanian-self in Norwegian situations or Norwegian-self in Lithuanian (and add the recent British dimension to this!). It is inconvenient, demanding, yet absolutely vital to recognise and embrace the complexity. The complexity of the cities, tasks, and persons. Persons having diverse characters, setting high expectations, and helping to become a better person.
Less than two months to go and again that mixed feeling creeping in. Nostalgic about the time here already. At the same time excited about upcoming rotation – coming back to Oslo and joining the Group reporting team. During the two-year international trainee program there has been not only one world to be passed every six months. There are eighty thousands every moment.