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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Big congrats to Eirik who took the bronze in the WBC! He's a great barista and a very nice guy.

Still trying to find some work in the coffee roasting business. It is pretty hard because there are very few roasters here in Norway and most of them just do big scale roasting. I'm interested in an apprenticeship at a small scale gourmet roaster, something which I believe would be much easier in the states. I have one possibility though, but that would mean relocating and I'm not sure if I want to do that. All of my friends live here in Oslo, and soon my brother will move to a nearby town to study computer science. It would be so cool to spend more time with him.

I called one of the big roasters today. They did have a possible apprenticeship, but I'm too old and I don't have the right background. I'm a Msc. computer science graduate, but I don't have the high school stuff in food industry subjects that is needed. Still, I won't give up just yet.

The computer industry is way down here in norway, just like all over the world. We have 110000 unemployed now out of a population of 4.5 million. May not sound much, but it is. I'm facing some pretty stiff competition with so many computer graduates looking for work. Some time ago I applied for a job in a company specializing in usability. I had been for an interview there a year ago, but they didn't have the finances to employ more people back then. Turns out the position drew quite some interest after all with a total of 30 applicants. I didn't even get called in to an interview. That is sort of why I'm looking for some coffee related work. It is not well paid, but I guess I would have a good time at work, and that matters a lot right?

4/30/2003 12:25:00 PM  

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