a different side of Israel

Alice in Job-Hunt Land (Fourth Part)

Read part one, two and three .

Alice in WonderlandYeah, still here. But never discouraged, not me. I really believe I will find a good job, ultimately. I know it’s a long process, that takes a lot of time and patience (and strong nerves!), and which involves confidence, skills and — a whole lot of luck.

But, you’d figure a person with academic background and work experience from Tel Aviv (and not some deserted town) would find a job easily. Well, no. Work places, naturally, want the best employees available, but afraid that someone too intelligent or ambitious might not want to stay around for too long, being unsatisfied with the mediocre sort of job (“overqualified,” don’t you just hate that word?). What if a person wants to just earn some money by working in a nice place with relatively interesting tasks, alongside the somewhat boring routine administrative ones? Do employers really think that whoever studies literature, philosophy or history, for example, absolutely has to deal with these issues all day long?

It’s even more absurd when you look at the job offers especially for the same students during their studies. Noticed an ad directed to students? Bound to be one of the following: telemarketing, technical support, delivery, or security (this particular field, by the way, embracing a whole spreadsheet since it’s become in the last 5 years or so a crucial need here in Israel).

What’s the salary rate, you’re asking, paid to these intelligent young students? Not too far above the minimum rate. So, true, students may not be the steadiest employees in the long run, and may have other things on their minds during the study year, but isn’t it the same thing with any one else – be it a young person planning their essential post-army grand trip, young mothers and fathers, or any other individual who would think of promoting their career, and not necessarily in the same place? Are there any other excuses for this humiliating treatment?

But, hey, why should I be still complaining so much about this, I’m almost finishing my master’s degree already. Could it be a curse that lays upon us “students”…?


  1. Well written and correct,the trouble is that it has been like
    that for a long time,the loss is theirs (the employers) for not
    being open minded about employing young educated students and
    taking advantage of their knowledge and talents.

  2. Jack, you must be another one of those Nefesh b’Nefesh
    people. Reality in this country is not what one might
    think; especially in ‘job wonderland’.

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