IMES x ETP Alumni Career Talks Series (Global Competitiveness and Mobility Talk)

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Poster:Ms. Ching-Yi HsuPost date:2021-12-01
  【Article by College of Social Sciences】
Taipei, TW: On Monday, November 22, 2021 from 19:00 to 20:30, Morten-Bo Paulsen, an NCCU IMES Alumni, joined students from the International Master’s in Economics and Social Development program (IMES), as well as undergraduate students from the School of Social Science’s English taught programs (ETP), to give a talk about global competitiveness and mobility. Mr. Paulsen is a Danish citizen currently working as an economist-statistician for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to joining the ECB, he held positions at the Danish Central Bank, and as a lecturer in econometrics at the University of Copenhagen. In addition to attending the NCCU IMES program, he completed a bachelor of science degree from the Copenhagen Business School, and a master’s of science from the University of Queensland.

Mr. Paulsen’s talk consisted of an introduction to the central banking system, a description of his responsibilities at the central bank, and an understanding of the importance of mobility in becoming a globally minded employee. He demonstrated that by mapping out his international journey from high school, to postsecondary education, and finally his professional experience.

Starting in high school, Mr. Paulsen began his journey to becoming a global citizen by doing an exchange program to Australia. During his undergraduate studies, he took part in an exchange program to Malaysia, and during his graduate studies he attended universities in Taiwan and Australia. In addition to his positions at the Danish and European Central Banks, Mr. Paulsen has also taken advantage of the opportunities to work on projects and attend conferences in Paris, Finland, Sarajevo, and Bosnia & Herzegovina to name a few. These experiences have shaped his openness to different cultures, expanded his personal and professional networks, and increased his competitiveness in the global economy.

While working at a central bank was never his intention, his international experiences, studies in international business, economics, and econometrics all lead him to his professional positions at the Danish and European central banks working with Balance of Payments statistics. While the day-to-day tasks of his job don’t require a majority of the lessons learned from post-secondary and graduate studies, the most important thing that his university experiences provided him with was the critical thinking skills needed to approach the problems he works on. Whether you are learning SPSS, STATA, R, or Python in school doesn’t matter. What you are learning is the critical thinking skills required to approach the programming problem. You will be able to apply those skills quickly and easily to whatever programming language you use in your professional position.

Mr. Paulsen’s key takeaways were:
• Think globally (don’t limit yourself)
• Preparation is key (exchange programs require a lot of paperwork)
• Diversify your chances/reduce your risk (apply to a handful of programs)
• Make use of the advisory services your university offers
• Wherever you go, create networks
• Stay curious and open toward other cultures
• Study hard but make sure you make the most of your international experience

Mr. Paulsen speaks very fondly of his travel and exchange experiences, and attributes his current positions on those experiences.

Audiences concentrate on the speech.(Photo 
College of Social Sciences)

Group after the speech.
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of Social Sciences)
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