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Niels Martin Andersen

Niels Martin Andersen
Name
Niels Martin Andersen
From
Denmark
Degree
MSc in IEP
Graduated
2011
Doing Now
Parliamentary Assistant

My name is Niels Martin Andersen and I'm from Aarhus in Denmark. After my bachelor degree, I worked as an intern at the Danish Mission to the OSCE, IAEA and CTBTO in Vienna. The experience made me realize that working and studying in a foreign country was the perfect match for me.

Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?

I therefore began searching for a relevant and well esteemed Masters program. The IEP degree was my first choice. What I thought most appealing about the degree was that I could hand pick interesting courses which were related to my principal interest - foreign policy. I decided to do the IEP program due my interest and career plans, but also because it has a great reputation. My stay in Vienna was a great experience, but it also made me aware that civil servants have impressive CV's. This might sound shallow, but with budget cuts and fewer jobs related to foreign policy, a degree from a well esteemed university (like the University of Edinburgh), improves your career opportunities.

What are your best memories?

I know this will sound cheesy, but my best memories are actually from the classrooms. Most of the courses were based on interaction between the students and the teacher. This sparked a lot of interesting discussions and provided me with new insights.

Another great memory is, of course, student life. While you're studying you might take this for granted, but afterwards you figure out how privileged a student life is. Imagine studying the things you're most interested in at one of the best universities in Europe, while living in a country where people think it's normal to go to the pub on Mondays. That's a lot of fun.

In addition, Edinburgh is of course a great city to live in. Culture, history and nature are within reach and Scottish people are in general really friendly. Like many other non-natives I was amazed by the Highlands. One of my best trips to the Highland was, when I together with my Norwegian buddy, hitchhiked to Inverness and the day after climbed Ben Nevis.

What is it that you do now and did the degree help in your career path?

I am currently finishing my Danish Masters in political science, but I am also working as a parliamentary assistant in the Danish Parliament. I am confident that my IEP degree will improve my job opportunities.

Deciding to study at the University of Edinburgh is one of the best decisions I've ever taken. You simply get the right mix of everything. Really exciting courses where you can choose among your favorite topics (I took for example the EU in international affairs, American foreign policy and Post-soviet Russia). In addition, you meet a lot of great people while you're at the pub.