Material on "the pressure of insecurity"

Overview of material

The material in this section will problematize the myth of the ideal CBS student from the angle of the pressure of insecurity. It will be addressed from different perspectives  - that of of students, a company leader, and Pernille Steen Pedersen's research. Below you will find the following material:
  • Podcast (in Danish), "Hvorfor faen snakker vi ikke om det?", three students, Anders, Amalie and Ida, in dialogue with Pernille Steen Pedersen
  • Video (in Danish), "Du er ikke alene med tvivlen", conversation between Sarah Marcussen, HA(phil.) student, and Pernille Steen Pedersen on the doubts about the choice of study program
  • 4 short videos (in English) for new students, "What I wish I had known when I started" by CBS students Anders, Amalie, Ida and Sarah
  • Podcast (in Danish), with Morten Gustavsen, Managing Director of the company Roxtec, in dialogue with Pernille Steen Pedersen about what companies expect from new graduates and debunking some myths about grades and perfect CVs
  • Video (in Danish) for new students, "En besked til nye studerende fra en virksomhedsleder", Morten Gustavsen, Managing Director at Roxtec

Podcast user guide

For the teacher
Insecurity, for example as an experience of inadequacy, related to living up to an idea of “the perfect or ideal CBS student” and the demands of modern study life, has shown to be a present and widespread theme among students at CBS. As a teacher, you can use the podcast and the reflection exercise to help address the topic, break the taboo, and instead put focus on training compassion, with self and others, as a means to increase well-being.
If you as a teacher wonder, why you should use time in class to address insecurity and train compassion skills among students, the short answer is: if students dare to embrace their insecurities and it becomes normalized in the study culture that insecurities are welcome and common, it will not only help reduce stress but also increase students’ courage to ask questions, engage in class and their overall learning possibilities. You can use the podcast by letting students listen to it in class, in smaller groups or at home before a class, followed up by a session of reflecting on the content and working with it in groups. For the student
Whether you hear the podcast in a class or at home, it is designed to provide insight into how study life can be experienced from different perspectives. It explores which things and situations that can lead to an experience of insecurity, what it feels like, how common it is, and demystifies the topic in a way, that can give some relief.
1.    Listen to the podcast
2.    Pay attention which moods and emotions you notice while listening
3.    Write down three central take-aways and new observations that came to you



Podcast: "Hvorfor faen snakker vi ikke om det?"

In this podcast (in Danish), three students, Anders, Amalie and Ida talk with Pernille Steen Pedersen about insecurity in their study life. They are giving voice to feelings and experiences that they are not alone in dealing with. They are discussing how "everyone is having some kind of battle inside" and the relief of speaking about it, normalizing and acknowledging that different kinds of insecurities are part of study life.

Video: "Du er ikke alene med tvivlen"

Last year out on a run near her summer house, Pernille Steen Pedersen ran into neighbor Sarah Marcussen, who had recently began her studies at CBS. "How is it going with your new studies?" Pernille asked, to which Sarah replied, "not so well actually, I am in serious doubt about if I have chosen the right study program and I feel very alone with my thoughts." This was the beginning of a conversation between Pernille and Sarah about the insecurities of study life and in particular about the doubts on study program. Sarah later chose to change to another study program at CBS, but the period before was full of doubts, worries of what others might think, a feeling of being quite alone in it and stress that influenced her health. In this video (in Danish) Sarah, now a HA(phil.) third year student, shares her story and discuss with Pernille the experience, lessons and the myth of the ideal CBS student. One central message is this: if you are feeling doubt in relation to your studies, know that you are not alone and it is very common. Sarah and Pernille encourage students to speak up, share and listen to each other - and to create a culture at CBS where its safe and easy to express insecurities.

Videos: "What I wish I had known when I started" 

The four CBS students Anders, Amalie, Ida and Sarah was asked "what would you have liked to have known, before starting at your studies?" These four short videos are their answers to this question. They share some reflections they wish to pass on to new students at CBS.  Anders, HA(alm.) student, first year

Amalie, Cand.merc.jur. student, first year

Ida, Cand.merc.kom. student, second year

Sarah, HA(phil.), third year

Video: "En besked til nye studerende fra en virksomhedsleder"

Morten Gustavsen, Managing Director at the Swedish company Roxtec, shares a video message (in Danish) for new students and emphasizes the importance of human values, emotions and vulnerability.

Podcast: "En virksomheds perspektiv"

In this podcast (in Danish) Pernille Steen Pedersen interviews the Managing Director of Roxtec, Morten Gustavsen, on his reflections about new graduates, what his company is looking for in their employees and the skills that he considers most important for the modern work life. Together they address some of the myth around the ideal student, which also concerns ideas about what companies expect from students as new graduates.

Last updated by: Anne Sofie Fischer 12/10/2021