The Alumni Interview: Kristian Jæger, MD

Continuing our Alumni Interview Series, this time we have contacted Kristian Jæger, MD, class of 2012. Originally from Norway he decided to study medicine because it looked as an exciting field and chose to come to Hungary due to its popular choice amongst Norwegian students at the time. We asked him a few questions about how he is currently doing, about his work and some words of advice if you are thinking about working in Norway.

Where do you currently work and why did you chose that field?

I work in Tromsø, Norway. I am doing my internship here, so I haven’t chosen a field yet.

How is the working environment, do you get by well with your salary?

The working environment is alright. Pretty stressed out, but hey, it’s a hospital. The salary is good, but represents your workload. You have to work for your salary!

How well did your university studies prepare you?

Pretty well!

What skills were you missing, that you wish you had?

Mostly practical and bureaucratical skills, but some things can only be learned by doing them.

Do you wish you had done something different during your university years?

I wish I had taken on more positions in health care in summer months for practical experience.

What skills were most critical in your success?

Theoretical skills. The theoretical background from the university is definitely the key strength. Needless to say, it’s the one thing that makes a difference in where you start off from when you start practicing.

For a student or newly graduated doctor, what should take into account if they would like to work in Norway?

As Hungary is part of the EU, you do not need additional tests to get certified in the entire EU/EEA region, you need only apply and you’ll get your certificate for the country in question. The application process took about 4 weeks in total. To work as a doctor in Norway you NEED to speak Norwegian at a quite advanced level. This is not a formal requirement, but without speaking Norwegian at a close to fluent level, you will not be able to get a job. The job market for doctors in Norway is fairly tight these days, but jobs do exist. Research and practical experience helps. If you are a non-European citizen, obtaining work as a doctor in Norway is difficult even if you know the language. That said, everything is difficult, but nothing is impossible.

Any final words of wisdom and advice to students trying to decide where and what to work with?

The road is built as you go. In the meantime – study hard! I would also like to wish all students good luck in their future, wherever they decide to work!

Thank your for the interview!

The Alumni Team