There is a lot of thought and processes that happen before a fish produced via aquaculture can reach our table. Sometimes fish farms can take up to 5 years in the building process before they can bring their first fish in. And even though as a recruiter I knew this, I never made it conscious. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Inger Sandvik for our Spotlight. She is 27 years old, from Stord, Norway. Inger graduated from Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus (HiOA; Oslo and Akershus University College) as an Engineer. She has been involved in the industry for a little over 3 years now. And this is her story.

Why Engineering and Why Aquaculture?

In the world, we have a gross figure of 13% women engineers. And with exceptions in some countries women represent about 30% of the world Aquaculture population. However, we have been able to see these numbers grow year after year. And it was only natural for me to be curious about Inger becoming an engineer. Inger Sandvik says the reason she chose Engineering was “I really wanted to be a part of building things. I knew I was not meant for something related to health or teaching. I wanted to create something. In Norway, we have subjects related to arts and crafts. And I always preferred those over mathematics and all the other things. When I was in High School I wanted to study Architecture. But I got in engineering, with specialization in technical planning, and that is the direction into creation and building I took”.

As per why Aquaculture she shared a story that made us crack a laugh! “When I finished university I moved back from Oslo to Stord. I applied to Multiconsult. The one who became my boss in that company was the one that called me. He asked me if I knew anything about fish. To which I responded well I know how to fry fish. Perfect you are hired. They had an opening in the Akva section and needed someone to draw pipes. Which was one of my favorite things to do ever since school. Even though I didn’t know anything about aquaculture and fish at that time. I was still given the chance to join them and become familiar with all of this”.

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