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Youth Advisory Board: Meet Christian Olesen

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Meet Christian. He is a member of Mannaz Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board consists of seven talented students. They are the next generation to enter the workforce. We have invited them inside to get their perspectives on the services that are being developed in Mannaz.


Christian Olesen




University of Copenhagen

Field of study

Cand.polit (MSc. in Economics)

Three words that describe you:

  1. Disciplined
  2. Friendly
  3. Motivated

What motivates you?

I am convinced that reading a lot while you are studying at a university will help make you a better practioner in your area of interest. By reading psychology, you will develop a deeper understanding of human behavior. Sociology will deepen your understanding of society and capitalism. Economics help you understand incentives and politics. By reading, your understanding of the world will deepen, which I find fascinating and motivating.

What are you hoping to achieve by being part of the Mannaz Youth Advisory Board?

I am hoping to get a chance to contribute and be part of a team, which in the process of solving problems, uses a deep understanding of organisations and the world they exist and act in. Thereby I can achieve experience in working alongside a team of excellent students.

What would you like to contribute to by being part of the Mannaz Youth Advisory Board?

To gain a deep understanding of organisations and the world they exist and act in, one has to be knowledgeable in several scientific areas. I would like to be a part of a team, where we can give advice, which has real value. In this process we will have to combine our areas of competence. I am looking forward to contributing with my area of competence.

What would you describe as your biggest learning experience?

In third grade my family and I moved to Germany. The culture and norms are very different from the ones existing in Denmark, which is clear in e.g. the school system. We got grades, and half the class were crying. In Germany you are being send to different schools in fourth grade based on your grades. It gave me a different perspective of the school system and how our performance have real life consequences.

What change would you like to see in companies and organisations?

I find that too many people experience some sort of work-related stress, which in many cases impair the ability to live a fulfilling life. We see a lot of uncertainty related to work – e.g. digitalization and a development in the skill-set needed in the work force. Organisations have to be institutions that promote psychological security in an age of uncertainty.

When your time is not occupied with studying, work and the Mannaz Youth Advisory Board – how do you like to spend your time?

I love spending time with my friends. I am participating in a range of voluntary groups at my university, where we arrange parties and lectures. Every Wednesday and Sunday I am cycling with a group, which I absolutely love. In regard to stress, I like to just sit and enjoy a time without any deadlines.  


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