Manaf, tell us how you ended up in Sweden?
I’m originally from Syria but raised in Qatar and Bahrain, where I also studied at the University. I worked in marketing and e- commercefiled in Qatar but when the war in Syria forced my fiancée who lived in Syria to leave the countryso we came together to Sweden 2 years ago.
How has it been to look for a job in Sweden?
It has been very difficult. When things were solved with a residence permit, I set a goal to find 10 jobs a week and I searched more than 100 jobs but did not have any interviews. Then I started working as a volunteer swimming coach and that was a part-time job. I also went on the “KortaVägen” at Stockholm university, where I got many good tips on job searching.
Now through Novare Potential you will work with e-commerce at H&M. To work at H&M has been a dream for many years, why?
In Bahrain, I had a friend who worked with H&M and told of how H&M was anemployer and how constantly they develop their staff. I have a keen interest in marketing and want to develop and learn as much as possible. I also like the fact that H&M is such a value-driven company.
During your first year at H&M will be supported by mentors from Novare potential. What does that mean for you?
I know a lot about marketing, but not so much about how the things work at a Swedish workplace. The fact that the mentorsfrom Novare Potential are very professional and have a strong experience in Swedish industry is a great security for me. It makes me feel that I have a support that will help me succeed and gives me more confidence.
Since I came to Sweden I have felt quite lonely. My family and friends are not here and now I feel that there is someone who makes me feel less lonely and keeps me on the back.
It was also through Novare potential and H&M that I finally got an interview and showed what I can do, I’m very happy.
What do you dream for your future in Sweden?
Particularly now, I will continue to work and create a good foundation in Sweden. I also want to finish my master, marry my fiancée, get an apartment in Stockholm and a dream that I have is to live near my parents again.
IDG did an interview with CEO Farzad Golchin and two of our candidates, Ramsha and Lena, from our Java course that we do together with KTH.
Farzad gives example about the importance of the education, for both the new arrivals and for the companies. Ramsha underline that: She was searching for a job in a lot of different companies before the education, but with no result. She has now signed a contract with an IT-company.
The picture shows Ramsha Waseem and Lena Shervarly from the course.
See the interview here.
CEO Farzad Golchin was interviewed in Jusek’s newspaper Karriär in February 2017. Farzad talks about his persian background and how he use it as an asset because it makes it easier for him to see the benefits of creating diversity in a company.
Read the whole article here.
Yesterday. Anna Kinberg Batra visited Software Development Academy – Our intensive course for java developers that we do together with KTH. The picture shows Anna looking at an app that the candidates have created. We also talked about the conditions to get new arrivals into work. A pleasant afternoon with conversations that covered mobile games, integration challenges and a lot of thing in between. We are happy that Anna wanted to visit us and KTH.
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We had a presentation of our intensive Java course at KTH for the Wallenberg foundation this week. We got to see the apps that our candidates have created during their project. After the presentations followed a nice mingle. It was fun to show Software Development Academy for the Wallenberg foundation and also to see that the candidates have developed so much during the 10 week education. The picture shows Poker Wallenberg, Kinan Halal from Novare Potential and some of the candidates.
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CEO Farzad Golchin was interviewed in the business magazine Veckans affärer w 49, 2016 on how diversity can add business advantages and how Novare Potential work to get more newcomers int jos and helping businesses finding people with the right competency. Read article (in Swedish)