It’s here; it’s finally happening!! This is the moment that I have been waiting for for the last 10 months; ever since I found out that I got accepted into the trainee program last fall, I have been anxiously looking forward to my move back to Norway & the Statkraft orientation days. However, before I actually start blogging about my impressions of the company and the work here, it might be a good idea to use this initial blog post to introduce myself to you.
How it all started:
So, my name is Dominique Farag, and I’m Egyptian American: I was born in Egypt and attended a German school there before I decided to pack my bags and move more than half way across the world to attend college in Seattle. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Washington with a double Bachelor degree in Human Resources Management and International Business. Shortly thereafter, I started working as a consultant for Accenture and spent three years with the company mainly focusing on the Utilities industry and on Smart Grid projects. It is there that I realized my passion for the Energy world and in particular for Renewables and Sustainability, so I decided to quit my job and move to Norway in pursuit of a Masters degree in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment at NHH in Bergen. During my first semester at NHH I applied and got accepted to a Double Degree program with HEC in Paris, where I got to complete my second Masters degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation.
When I heard about the trainee position in Corporate HSE (Health, Safety and the Environment) at Statkraft, there was no doubt in my mind that I should apply to it. This trainee position fits perfectly with my background, and I cannot wait to see what I’ll learn and contribute over the next 6 months.
Aside from work, I love to travel and explore. And of course living in Norway, you have to appreciate nature and the outdoors. While Bergen was great in that sense, I believe that the Oslo weather is slightly better than Bergen’s 🙂 , and I hope I will get to enjoy a few more hikes and cabin trips over the next few months. The last few weeks in the city have already proved pretty awesome so far, so let’s just hope the sun lasts for a little longer!
I am so excited to finally be part of the Statkraft family, and I cannot wait to meet as many people around here as possible.
Until the next time!