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Student Inspired by CEO Podcast Joins Samuel Knight


Graduate, Adal Khaliq recently stumbled across Group CEO of Samuel Knight’s podcast – inspired and enthralled by Steve Rawlingson’s business journey, Adal decided to reach out to Steve and the team to find out more about recruitment careers at SKI, having had a keen desire to pursue a career in consultancy.

Adal commented,

“I was intrigued by Steve’s high energy, big personality and hunger to build a successful business – his entrepreneurial spirit shone through and was infectious. I was hooked by Steve’s journey and how far SKI has come in only 5 years! I just knew it was something I wanted to be part of.”

Steve was impressed by Adal’s bold, yet entrepreneurial approach, a key DNA trait that we look for in anyone joining the business. Invited in for an interview, Adal’s big ambitions, drive and ambition to carve a career in recruitment were the key things that stood out to Steve.

Group CEO of Samuel Knight International, Steve Rawlingson said:

“Adal’s approach to pursuing a job here at SKI really stood out to me. I’ve always looked for people who possess the following traits to join the business – in recruitment you need to be fearless, strong, passionate and entrepreneurial, Adal was able to demonstrate this and has now joined the business.”

Joining the renewables division, Adal is beginning to build a career global manpower, managed and supported by experienced Business Development Manager, Darren Williams. Adal joins the team at a significant time in the business, with senior key appointments driving growth at Samuel Knight International within the renewables division.

Darren said,

“Adal has been a welcome addition to the renewables team, he’s very keen to learn the ropes, eager to build a successful desk and is already demonstrating his value within the team.”

Adal has faced a series of personal challenges – diagnosed with chrone’s disease in his teens, a debilitating condition which affects the digestive system, meant Adal missed a year of education, but was determined to pass his GCSE’s the following year with flying colours. This experience strengthened Adal’s character, with the support of his Mum and Dad who instilled a strong work ethic in Adal at a young age.

Adal adds,

“I was brought up in Middlesbrough, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the North East – it could be easy to get bogged down but I as determined to make something of my life and have a career. My parents are very hard working, their mentality and support has always been important to me, from my aspirations to graduate at university to reaching the top in a career – Samuel Knight International is a fantastic place to gain the skills, knowledge and expertise in a supportive environment. It’s a hard working but fun place, where you are challenged to achieve your best but get the support to do that too.”