Although he has some emotional baggage, Khaled didn’t throw in the towel. Originally, he’s from Syria and the Dutch Council for Refugees helped him get a job as a web developer at Globally Cool. He likes his job and has been doing it for three years – and always with a positive mindset.
“Globally Cool has given me a new life, that means a lot to me”, Khaled explains. “From Syria, I ended up in Heerenveen, a small town in the northern part of the Netherlands. The township Heerenveen offers refugees via the Dutch Council for Refugees an ‘invest and participate’ program. This program aims to help people join companies through placements. At the same time, Globally Cool contacted the Dutch Council for Refugees because they were looking for new employees. So, two and two were put together.”
Building a future
“When I started, my colleague Herre handed me a lot of documents with information about the Divi Theme and the Toolset plugin set for WordPress. A lot of websites are built with these tools, but I wasn’t familiar with it. In Syria, I developed websites with FrontPage. That’s somehow less dynamic and in a short period, I had to learn a whole new skill set in building professional websites. I enjoyed doing this and after some time I decided to stay in the Netherlands and built a future here for me and my family.”