Pursuing a degree, but unsure of what his employment future looked like, Khidhr began looking for a job as he approached graduation. An online search quickly led him to Goodwill Staffing Solutions (GSS), where his life-changing employment journey began. “I knew what I wanted to do, but didn’t know where to even start looking,” Khidhr admits, as he faced several challenges including a limited work history and mobility issues.
Within a week of contacting GSS, Khidhr was interviewed by SKF Lubrication in Newport News. His first, and only, job interview would quickly become his first job with his new degree. “He came in with a smile, positive attitude, saying he could do whatever was required despite his limitations. He said he’d go the extra mile, and he certainly has,” said Dawn, a member of SKF’s human resources team who interviewed Khidhr. “He’s an incredible team player, an all-around great fit.”
Thrilled with his new job, Khidhr’s life journey was just beginning. A year after starting with SKF, he’s now enrolled in the Industrial Technology program at Old Dominion University, but the benefits far surpass his work. “Because of this job I was able to finally propose to my girlfriend – finally able to buy her a ring,” he said with an infectious grin. “And I just bought my first house, my own place. It’s a dream come true.”