Career Path: "Politics was part of our dinner-table talk at home"

Peter Damgaard Jensen, chief executive of Danish pension fund provider PKA, has always had a head for the bigger picture, and opted for the twin disciplines of politics and economics at university. Perhaps the constant discussions between his politically-aware parents and their visitors in his childhood home helped form his mindset.

Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKA | Photo: PKA PR

Which career path did you envision for yourself when you were younger?

When I was young, I saw myself working in something that involved politics or economics. I didn't know if that would be in public or private sectors, but I had an interest in politics. Both my parents were politically engaged. My father was president of the one the Danish labour unions, so when I was a child, politics was part of the discussions we had over dinner. People would come to our house who were also interested in politics, so my interest came from back then. For some people, politics is mostly about what you express what you can say, but for me it was also interesting to know what was going on behind that. With labour policy in particular, you have to be aware of what the economic framework is. So I chose to study not only politics, but also economics as much  as possible. Figures and maths always came easily for me, as well.

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