Erik Olsson

Erik Olsson

Work History

Work History
Oct 2009 - Jun 2010

Consultant

Storesupport
  • Responsible for maintenance, and delivery according to an electronic distribution system.

Acquired a comprehensive insight into a complex logistical enterprise and its overall design.

Feb 2008 - Jun 2008

Freelance Journalist

  • Author of a selection of newspaper articles meant for Swedish readers
Developed my writing skills, as well as improved my editing capacity. In addition, it gave me a more profound insight into the importance of maintaining good connections with both media, and clients
Oct 2007 - Jun 2008

Administrator, intern

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

  • International analysis, and co-authoring official statements concerning democracy related issues.
  • Administered accounting, and conference planning, as well as edited the e-newspaper

The experience gave me a valuable understanding of the socioeconomic conditions in Asia, as well as it provided me with an insight into the organisation of a think thank and policy institute

Feb 2006 - May 2006

Administrator, intern

English First

  • Managed quotations, edited the school database, and electronic presentations.
  • Around the clock duty as local student leader, with budget responsibility and administrative tasks.

The position within EF drew attention to the meaning of developing a comprehensive loyalty and sense of responsibility towards students/clients as well as the employer

Apr 2002 - Nov 2002

Assistant/Sales

IKEA

  • Sales, and client interaction, while also taking part in the reorganisation of the department store.

The experience gave me a thorough competence in international work, as well as it increased my

understanding of the importance of company brands, and customer service.

Education

Education
Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

Master of Science

School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Interdisciplinary education with focus on globalisation, conflict and sustainable development.

  • Master thesis; ”Democratic decentralisation and conflict resolution, the contemporary case of Vietnam”
  • Field Course*; in Vietnam, with focus on the application of research methodology and project work
  • Global Studies, Thematic Issues*; focus on analysis and globalisation issues

*Examples of studied and taken courses

Sep 2003 - Jun 2008

Bachelor of Social Science

School of Language and Literature, Växjö university / Linnaeus University

Political Science and English, with focus on state structures in combination with EU knowledge

  • Bachelor thesis; ”The vision of a world government - is it feasible?”
  • Political Science*; in depth, and comparative studies of the Swedish political system
  • English*; language studies as well as a review of the socioeconomic conditions within the EU

*Examples of studied and taken courses

Sep 2007 - Jun 2008

National Cheng Chi University

Studies in Mandarin, basic level, through a scholarship issued by the Taiwanese ministry of education

Feb 2008 - Jun 2008

Karlstad University

Journalism; the course treated journalistic work, gathering of facts, evaluation, ethics and editing

Sep 2006 - Jun 2007

Kansai Gaidai University

Exchange student through Växjö universitet, with a focus on Japanese, Japanese history and politics

  • Japanese reading and writing*; basic- and intermediate level, language studies
  • Japan - China: Problems in historical and cultural interactions*; a Japanese perspective on China

*Examples of studied and taken courses

Custom

Swedish UN Association, member 2010 - ongoing

Participated in the association’s internal education program UN-ABC The aim of the association is to disseminate information concerning UN related issues

Göteborgs universitet, Jonsered Mansion 2009 - ongoing

Active participant in the Jonsered seminars. Current subjects are discussed with the presence of leading actors within the respective fields, such as Jan Eliasson, former minister of foreign affairs

Scholarship laureate ”Adlerbertska Stipendiestiftelsen” 2009

The aim of the foundation is to support education and research in Gothenburg, where the founder, Axel Adler, had a vision of a vivid university city, rich in culture and knowledge

Växjö International Students (VIS), Member of the board 2004

VIS is a student’s organisation in Växjö, which aims to look after newly arrived students and integrate them into Swedish society and student life

Summary

A qualified and competent administrator with language skills (fluency in English and Spanish), a comprehensive university education and work experience with focus on international affairs and strategic planning. I have a profound experience of data collection, field research, analysis, and budget management, as well as giving presentations, plan conferences, and edit web material.

Specialisations:

Administration: Extensive experience of administrative duties and tasks, gathered from corporate institutions,  policy think tanks, as well as from academia and  universities. 

Conflict Resolution: traditional and alternative theories on conflict resolution, with focus on international law, diplomacy, top-negotiations, military force, as well as non-conventional strategies and civil societal strategies.

Globalisation: in depth studies of how global processes impact different parts of the world, with an up-to-date theoretical and conceptual inquiry on globalisation. 

Research methods: A stay in Vietnam conducting field studies concerning grassroots democracy and conflict resolution, while applying research methods such, appraisals and interviews in order to gather empirical data. 

English/Spanish: In depth studies in the English and Spanish languages as well as the socio-political structure in both the English as well as the Spanish speaking countries.

Political Science/International relations: Focus on public administration, and the political system, both in Sweden and at an international level. Moreover, the European integration is extensively studied, as well as the history and organisation of the EU. 

Communication, IT: as a former freelance journalist, and IT responsible at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, I have a profound experience in data collection, web editing concerning electronic resources, as well as good aptitud for writing and composing articles and statements. 

Objective

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My overall career aims can be summarised as following;

To work within an international environment / organisation, either in Sweden or somewhere in Europe. Indeed, when actors interconnect, conduct dialogue, and communicate, within such a milieu I find the process itself highly interesting. 

To work within the fields of international relations, human rights, or democracy promotion, perhaps as administrative support within an organisation, such as an NGO, or within the structure of the Swedish state.