Bjørn Henrik took hold: - "Do not give up!"

- It was a pretty tough period. I learned a lot about myself and how important it is not to give up, and to have faith in people. Bjørn Henrik (24) experienced failing the trade test, but got a job in Eterni Norway and now stands proud and straight-backed with the journeyman's letter in hand.
Young man smiling at camera, working indoors under glass roof, with metal plates, gloves and a white helmet
Bjørn Henrik Normann thrives on a job with a trade certificate. Photo: Joacim Bjøreng

 

- Why did you choose to become a carpenter, really?

- I have been a carpenter since I was little. My grandfather is also a carpenter. We built bird boxes, OLA cars, fences and garden sheds. Has always been a bit restless at school, but found a lot of joy in building things and using her hand.

-What happened during the exam?

-I was so upset when I saw what the test consisted of: "mounting the front door". I had been away from teaching a lot, i.a. due to lactose intolerance, and missed a good deal. I knew there were great opportunities to get something I had not been through, so I was basically a little nervous you can say.

- What did you do afterwards?

- It was not so easy to get a job. After the apprenticeship, I was not offered a new contract, and you are not so attractive in the labor market without a trade certificate. The goal has always been to take that exam, but it was not until I started in Eterni that things started to happen.

 

- How?

- They pushed me and made things right. They made sure that I was always on assignment - constantly new projects. I have been at work more or less continuously since I started. 

- I also know that Martin, who works in your office, has pulled in some threads, he continues. 

- It was he personally who contacted the examination committee, or those responsible, and got the ball to start rolling. He is always gentle and nice, but very determined. He says what he means, but without being condescending in a way. It was tough and hard for a while, but when Martin took the initiative I felt he really wanted me to do it, and then I got even more desire to do it. He gave me a spark in a way. 

Bjørn Henrik says he enjoys his days as a skilled worker: - Now I am hired as a carpenter and not a rigman, so I have been given new, varied work assignments. I work more independently and with more confidence.

"It was tough and hard for a while, but when Martin took the initiative I felt he really wanted me to do it, and then I got even more desire to do it. He gave me a spark in a way."
Bjørn Henrik
Martin Skaug in a blue reflective jacket and white helmet on the construction site
HR consultant and sales director Martin Skaug. Photo: Joacim Bjøreng

- What kind of thoughts do you have about the future, then?

- I thrive in Eterni. The dream situation would have been to work in a small carpentry company that runs new buildings, because you visit a lot of them. I love variety in everyday life. I have received job offers in a number of larger companies, but so far no one I would like to work for, so I will continue in Eterni for the time being. Has so many good experiences, and has a very good tone with those who work in the office.

Bjørn Henrik stands with his back to a construction site in green work trousers, together with a colleague in an orange vest in front of a scaffolding
Bjørn Henrik has plans to continue working in Eterni for a while longer. Photo: Joacim Bjøreng

- Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

- I really really want to be a firefighter someday. It's a little boy's dream I've had. It is a rewarding job to build for people, but helping people is the "next level". Being a firefighter seems so cool! Then it is wise to have a certificate as a carpenter at the bottom.

- Do you have any words you want to say to others who fail the exam?

- Do not give up. Keep trying. It's easy to dig in, get a little furious, and think negative thoughts. My personal experience is that it is the desire to manage what pushes me further. It is important not to give up even if you have some adversity and have had a stroke in the self. You get on.

 

- Do you have any advice to share with graduates who are looking for a job?

- Do what you want to do. Do not settle for anything. But it's not just about pay. You have to do something you like. Had rather chosen NOK 50 less per hour to be a good place than to be in a place I do not want to be. Some construction sites I have felt very alone, where almost everyone is foreign. Now I thrive much better. In Eterni, virtually everyone speaks either Norwegian or English, unlike other companies I have visited. 

- Those who work in the office have pushed me in the right direction and always kept what they promised. For me, the staffing industry has been a lifesaver. It became part of my path to where I am today. Had it not been for Eterni, it would at least have taken much longer to take that trade test.

"Those who work in the office have pushed me in the right direction and always kept what they promised. For me, the staffing industry has been a lifesaver. It became part of my path to where I am today."
Bjørn Henrik proudly shows off his journeyman's letter which he has framed at home.
Bjørn Henrik has his journeyman's letter framed on the wall at home. Photo: private
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