A CV is a kind of reverse biography, where you start with today’s bravado and work your way backward. Under the presumption that older = less relevant, work related milestones are listed, mixed with a suitable dosage of personal interests and volunteer work. The person as a whole has little to do with it, since we exclusively present the sunny version of ourselves. For example, you would not reveal in your resumé that you once were blindfolded and alone on a ferry wearing only a seaman costume (even if it was in connection to your own bachelor party). Or that you were thrown out of a fine diner later that evening because of loud singing …?
And you would absolutely not tell that you have periodically been feeling depressed and without value – even though most of us have felt this way at some point?
Life is manyfold, and why we necessarily need to present an impersonal, pretentious and stilted version of ourselves when we want to start working for someone is beyond me. Wouldn’t you rather hire a person you know a little more about? One with whom you can imagine that it’s fun to go on business trips, and who won’t try to make a bloated first impression?
I must admit that even in The Wrinkled Résumé the information is being filtered, and it is far from the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Moreover, The Traditional CV, being as it is straightforward and concise, also has its justification.
But if by chance you are looking for an architect (or a contractor, craftsman, or dentist for that matter) you should not need to be completely in the dark when choosing someone to take care of your project (or worse – your teeth…)
So spread the word, let life, personality, interests, ups and downs, and so forth, shine through. The Wrinkled Résumé has arrived!
My wrinkled Résumé
I was blue when I was born, because I had the umbilical cord around my neck (it explains a lot!). However, I quickly learned how to breathe, and have continued to cultivate that interest ever since. Today I do breathing exercises as part of my daily morning ritual, and furthermore I love to breathe in the clean fresh air of nature.
Once a week I spend a few hours hiking in the woods with my good friend Betty. In addition to breathing this involves a great deal of talking (as random passers by and our “better halves” will confirm).
I started talking a bit later in life, when I was about one year old. By then I had mastered the more basic skills, such as eating and get rid of waste products. I was not particularly clever at school, but about mid range, perhaps a little above the middle. My favorite subjects were Norwegian (particularly writing), arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting, building, playing, theater, song and dance. I also enjoyed science and math, but I was never a great fan of history. To this day, I am extremely bad at remembering dates, names of heroes, cities, important events, and so on (just ask our good friends from Bergen who by comparison are extremely talented).
From adolescence until I had my first child, I was extremely whimsical. I’ve long since lost count of how many times I lost my wallet, tickets, passport, keys and the like. My parents were supportive and drove me around to fetch the suitcase or the train ticket I had forgotten to bring, when I was going abroad. I am not sure I wish to be as patient and understanding with my own children. As suggested earlier this changed drastically once I became a mother – at the age of 28, and today I am amazingly enough the one who keep track of all of our passports, money, tickets, and the like.
My life in numbersI’m lucky enough to have 5 healthy children, 40% of which were actually planned. My husband and I each had a child when we met, and we have 3 children together.
We have been married for 13 years (oops) and year 1 and 13 have been the happiest (so far). My extended family consist of my father, 2 brothers, 2 brothers in law, 2 nephews and 4 nieces, as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles. Besides, I have a chosen sister who lives in South Africa.
I’ve had 20 different postal addresses in 4 different countries on 3 continents (just ask my dear childhood friend, who long tried to keep a handwritten address book). I speak 3 languages and 4 dialects (according to my own ears mind you!) and understand 6 languages to some extent.
I’ve played badminton for approximately 15 years, I’ve practiced yoga more or less daily for the last 5 years, I’ve been on yoga retreats in southern Sweden twice (soon 3 times – yippee!), I’ve read dozens of books, and been a member of a gym for 9 years (intermittently associate member).
It has now been 25 years since I moved to Trondheim, but last year we stayed in Italy for 1 year. In Trondheim, I have lived in 12 different buildings, worked at 5 different jobs, and studied for 6 years at what was then NTH (now NTNU).
I have worked as an architect for 19 years, worked (fully or partially) on 26 different projects, including 6 zoning projects, 3 industrial buildings, 3 office buildings, a number of small projects, 1 kindergarten with housing for sick children, and 1 school extension in Ålesund (where a good friend of mine works).
Oh yes, I was born on 11.09.1967, and have thus become … 45 years old.
My track record isn’t very long or impressive, but there are a few things I’m proud of:
In 1981 I won a competition to write the first chapter (out of 3) of “Barnetimeboka” and have thus become a published author. My chapter was read on the radio and a recording was played for my class (fear and joy). In the same context, I was on NRK TV’s fundraiser and I was interviewed by Trond Viggo Torgersen (I remember most of all my clammy hands and an endless shopping spree to find a suitable dress).
Later, at the age of 29, I participated in a talent show along with five other singers in a vocal group we named Curl. We failed in the first round, but were thrilled to have gotten as far as the TV studio.
For several years, I participated in a writing class with Ingeborg Eliassen as a teacher, and she has published one of my texts on her website andreakt.no. which I think is neat. You can click on this link to read it (though it is in Norwegian…).
Furthermore, I’m proud that I got accepted to architectural school by doing well on the artistic test. I find it rewarding to work as an architect as there is always something new to learn, and I’m proud of a lot of what I’ve accomplished through my profession (though far from all). I also enjoy to work with people, both colleagues, developers, users, and contractors.
Although I shudder at the thought of how little I knew when I got my title, I feel that I master my profession better with each project and every challenge I get. I am immensely happy to have customers who are satisfied with the buildings I design for them.
Things that make me happy
Sound of Music
Singing and dancing
Ambience at home
Peace and quiet
Food and wine
Completing a project
A nice glass of wine (did I already mention that?)
Noodles with my hubby
The smell of grass
Learning new things
Just to mention a few
Things that make me crazy
So I try to avoid these things …
What about it?
I do not expect you to be particularly interested in me and my life, although for some reason you are reading this … If you consider hiring me to design a project for you (even after reading all this) you are welcome to call or send me an email. I look forward to that.