Working life, Siri Kalvig | Siri Kalvig went from close quarters to author with a doctorate: – Not so important what you study

The working life of the future will be different, and there is one thing in particular you should think about when you study, Siri Kalvig believes.


The deadline for applying for higher education by the autumn expires soon. Although the world is chaotic and the future seems uncertain, the possibilities are many. The online newspaper talks to famous faces with different backgrounds about what they thought about career choices at a young age – and what they think is a good idea to study now.

Siri Kalvig

Alder: 50

Marital status: Married, three children.

Education: Doctorate in offshore wind technology at UiS. Master’s degree in meteorology at UiB. Some subjects from UiO and London Business School as well.

Job: Nysnø Klimainvesteringer, CEO.

Previous jobs: Weather reporter on TV 2, founder of StormGeo, angel investor in several start-up companies and head of the Research Network for environmentally friendly energy at UiS and IRIS (among other things …)

When Siri Kalvig left Stavanger Cathedral School in 1989, she had no idea what she was going to study or what she was going to become. In the decades that followed, she was to be known all over the country as a weather forecaster on TV 2, founder of the huge success Storm Weather Center and director of Nysnø Klimainvesteringer.

But the road there was filled with curiosity, creativity and a desire to express oneself. Kalvig managed to work as an assistant to an artist, take time off, try her hand as a dancer, and play in short films before she pointed out a clear direction.

– Eventually, a kind of plan materialized when I went in the direction of astrophysics. I wanted to work on the big questions. Mostly because I was very curious, and a little because I was very bad at language and Norwegian. It’s about finding joy in something you master, says Kalvig and continues:

– Now that I have passed 50, I see that one led to the other in the form of interests, contacts and environments I worked in.

In her current job, she will use everything she has learned so far in her career in the form of technology knowledge from her studies, media experience from TV 2, entrepreneurial knowledge from Stormgeo and financial experience from her own investments.

– I have always made choices with heart and conscience, instead of just following the money. My career is a result of something I think has been meaningful and a desire to contribute to something positive in the big picture, says Kalvig.

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Insane entrepreneurial success

– What is the smartest thing you have done in your career?

– There are many things I am happy with. That I dared to apply for a job at TV 2 and that I invested effort and money in starting StormGeo is probably the smartest thing. It has become a worldwide success, and has thrown in money, new initiatives and ideas. And then it was a fantastic experience to carry on, of course, says Kalvig.

As a 26-year-old, she invested 95,000 kroner and started the weather service Storm together with TV 2. Suddenly, companies in the hydropower and oil industry could follow the weather more closely than ever and make decisions based on the warnings from Kalvig’s innovation.

She sold most of her shares for NOK 15 million in 2011, and received a similar huge gain when the Swedish acquisition company EQT bought the company for NOK 1.5 billion in 2014. With these funds she could become an active investor with her own private investment company, Orkan. Invest.

Although Kalvig considers StormGeo to be the smartest thing she has done, she is most proud of something completely different – namely the books she has written and the doctoral dissertation she completed in 2014. For a long time she struggled with writing, and was actually close to ironing out Nynorsk. high school. But through her job at TV 2 and StormGeo, as well as the daily weather reports on the back of VG, she built linguistic self-confidence.

– My supervisor at UiB, Professor Yngvar Gjessing, directed my drafts to the thesis, and was very careful in the feedback. To this day, I think of him when I write, and especially that numbers even twelve must be written in letters, says Kalvig chuckling.

– What’s the dumbest thing you’re done, then?

– Here it is difficult to point to one specific event or action, but there have been times I have felt in my stomach that something has been wrong. Especially the times where I have not listened to my own gut feeling, and thought that “now I have analyzed it, so then it’s okay”. It is about acknowledging that some things can be perceived as wrong even if it logically and analytically seems right. I have learned that I have to double check and vouch for my work both analytically and emotionally before I deliver it from me, says Kalvig.

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She wanted to study this today

Had Kalvig gone in a different direction if she had been 19 years old and was to apply for higher education for the first time by the deadline of 15 April? Probably not. She frequented the Department of Geophysics in Bergen in the 1990s, and would probably have chosen the same direction today.

– There are skills that will become more and more important in the future in renewable energy to understand the currents in both the sea and the atmosphere. It is about understanding the processes, and renewable energy is basically heat transport and currents, says Kalvig.

She also highlights computer science and programming as more and more important, also within her industry. But basically it is a matter of following one’s own interests, the Nysnø director believes.

– It’s about not being snowblind by all the choices you have as a youth today. The professions of the future will be interdisciplinary no matter what you study and work on. Difficult problems require interdisciplinary expertise, whether it is brain research and machine learning or biology and renewable energy, says Kalvig and continues:

– It is not so important what you study, but at you study. Thinking logically and being able to write are absolutely necessary qualities.

– What do you need to know to take over your job or get a job in Nysnø?

– So far we have hired good people with varied backgrounds in finance and technology. You must have an interest in investments, and preferably practical experience from finance – either from work or privately. I would like to have more ladies in finance, so if you are a young woman – read this carefully, says Kalvig.

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