The only difference is – Derar did all this while living in a precarious situation as a refugee in Jordan.
Derar will soon join the IRESS team in Sydney as a test engineer and, along with his wife Tuqa and son Hamza, is looking forward to beginning a new life in Sydney, far from the refugee camp in Amman which is currently home to 630,000 people.
In an interview with the ABC, Derar said he hoped “in Australia we have a good life – a good house, a good job and that my baby will grow up to have great friends and an education.”
Derar’s employment at IRESS was made possible thanks to Talent Beyond Boundaries, an organisation supported by IRESS board member John Cameron.
Talent Beyond Boundaries was created to recruit displaced people from around the world with useful skills. The organisation was founded under the belief that for refugees with marketable skills, what is needed is an easy, accessible and secure way that they can advertise and demonstrate those skills to prospective employers, and processes where they can receive the special support they will need to undertake an offer of employment.
We're the first Australian company to hire a Syrian refugee directly out of Jordan with the intention of sponsoring them and their family to come to Australia.
Talent Beyond Boundaries has over 8,000 skilled refugees on their books, and are aiming to roll the initiative out around the world.
Read more about the program and Derar's story here.
Our CEO is through to the national stages in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Three of our leaders have been named as finalists in the Momentum Media Women in Finance 2017 Awards.
Andrew Walsh has been named as a finalist in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Our third annual hackathon took place last week with a record number of participants.
Andrew Walsh, Managing Director and CEO, along with John Harris, CFO, deliver announcement of IRESS' full year results for 2016
IRESS' graduate recruitment program in Australia has been recognised at the Top 100 Graduate Employers and Future Leaders Awards
Our MD of Wealth Management in IRESS AU/NZ has been recognised in the Money Management 2016 Women in Financial Service Awards.
Colonial First State (CFS) has chosen to implement the IRESS Portfolio System (IPS) as part of its managed accounts solution within the FirstWrap platform.
David Walker, CTO, announces our Global Hackathon 2016.
XPLAN has been named the number one Australian financial planning software by research house Investment Trends for the ninth consecutive year.
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