Closing the Circle

My time as a trainee in Statkraft has just come to an end. During my two year programme I have worked with operations and maintenance from different angles within the company. I started my journey at Statkraft’s headquarters working with support within operation and maintenance. Afterwards, I moved to England to work with offshore wind power. For my third rotation, I worked with hydropower in Northern Norway and finished my traineeship, where I started, at Statkraft’s headquarters. I hereby present five highlights from my trainee programme:

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1) Escaping from a wind turbine
When you are working as a trainee, you get to experience many different things. One of the most uplifting experiences was learning how to escape from a wind turbine in a safe manner by lowering yourself by rope on the outside of a turbine.

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2) Travelling by helicopter
I also had the opportunity to inspect the catchment areas of several hydropower plants from the air. This literally provided me with some new perspectives on hydropower.

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3) Biking in Norfolk
When you are working as a trainee, you do not only change your work assignments every six months. You basically change your whole life. This includes new residences, new friends and new hobbies. In England, I spent a lot of time exploring the countryside by bike. One of my favourite destinations was the astonishing Holkham Beach.

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4) Hiking in the mountains
In Northern Norway, I took the opportunity of exploring the surroundings by foot and, later when the snow had settled, on cross-country skis. One of the highlights was eating freshly fried waffles at 1 200 meter above sea level by the beautiful Okstindan Glacier.

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5) Getting to know the people
The best experience of them all was undoubtedly getting to know the amazing people working at Statkraft; both at the headquarters and the office in England as well as the offices and power plants in Northern Norway.

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Starting a new chapter
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
– Winston Churchill

I am now starting a new era in Statkraft. As of now, I will be working as a specialist within operation and maintenance at Statkraft headquarters. I am looking forward to seeing what a future at Statkraft holds!

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