Global Sandefjord ambassador

The pieces are falling into place. Khaled is excited about the future, with a permanent job at Draga, an engineering company that offers IT services and smart technology. “It feels perfect. It would not have been possible without my Norwegian friends in Globale Sandefjord and NAV. I’m grateful that I came to this community.’ Khaled looks Elin Sørensen deep into her eye and smiles. The words come direct from the heart.

No one called or got in touch.

His face gets more serious when he thinks about all the bike rides in Sandefjord to deliver a simple cv with three sentences in Norwegian. He applied for work without receiving any response. No one got in touch. Now things are different. The Norwegian language are in place, and he is  settled in Sandefjord.

Made sure he joined the list of applicants

When Draga needed to fill some positions he saw hope. Draga was established in Stavanger in the wake of the oil crisis and has  a good reputation in the market. They are often looking for engineers in electrical, automation and IT (they require great IT knowledge). Khaled made sure he joined the list of applicants.

Globale Sandefjord

A presentation video was sent off.  Khaled  had also been coordinator of the UN in Syria, and was active in volunteering in Sandefjord.  This background tells of a structured carer with great drive. Ken Lie-Haugen, CEO of Draga, became curious about the Palestinian mechanical engineer.

Ken wanted to have a chat with Khaled, and liked him because of his mindset. The result was great expectations and permanent work.

Single dad

Khaled had applied to countless jobs over the past two years. Because he is a single dad, he hasn’t been the most flexible applicant. He have limited opportunities to business trip and unorthodox working hours. The job search went slowly. Therefore it was with great concern he went in to Ken’s office the first day at Draga, and had to tell him that his son was sick, and had to be leave work.  But Ken understood as an understanding employer does.

Great faith

Khaled is now working on his first major work task. He will digitize documents (books, drawings and manuals) for large industrial installations. “I have great faith in Khaled, I have challenged him to find smarter solutions. In this market we has to be competitive, because there are  where there are a lot of companies fighting for contracts” Ken says.

Draga in Stavanger and Sandefjord

Draga`s headquartered is in Stavanger, they also have an office in Sandefjord. They are often looking for new employees. Recruitment often goes through acquaintances. They search for people from many different nations, and have great diversity among employees.