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    Be Happy

    Having been made redundant after 18 years in the same job I am looking to retrain. We want to go on aliyah (if Moshiach does not come before)With future aliyah in mind what should I consider training for


    Depends. What do you do now? Do you have a college degree?




    You should definitely contact Nefesh B’Nefesh.

    They can help you with the information you are looking for here AND they can help you in MANY other ways.


    Degrees work differently in the holy land. First thing you need to do is make sure is that ur college degree will be acknowledged here. I heard of someone with PHD in psychology who could not transfer his degree to an Israeli one!Also,keep in mind you will be making about half the amount of money u made in the states, which is not a problem but a very big change. Best of luck!

    m in Israel

    It may be worthwhile to do your retraining in Israel, to avoid any issues of transferring degrees and licenses. Sometimes you can even get funding from the government as a new Olah to cover some of the cost. (Younger Olim can usually get their complete degrees covered, but they recently re-instituted another program for vocational training.) I don’t know any details, but Nefesh B’Nefesh is a great resource.


    What type of Enigineering?


    Be Happy…

    A few VERY important tips for you.

    -Arrange as much as you possibly can prior to your arrival in Israel, i.e. regarding a job, housing, schools for your children, etc.

    -Most probably it would be wise for you to arrange a “pilot trip” to begin these hachanot BEFORE actually going on aliya.

    REMEMBER: kol hatchalot kashot! Before you move, make yourself a promise that you will not even think about leaving and coming back here for AT LEAST one year. Why? Because (even if you have spent time in Israel before) all the major obstacles will hit you in those first 6-12 months, i.e. adjusting to your new home, adjusting to the language (even if you think you speak Hebrew pretty well), adjusting to new schools and friends for your kids, learning where and how to find things (like stores, medical care, government offices, etc.) adjusting to a new job and/or getting retraining for a new job.

    All these things and MORE can be overwhelmingly problematic and they will all be hitting you at once. It may be very tempting to just say “What do i need this for? I’m going back!”

    Get through that first year and you will look back and say “I made it” and you will be very (justifiably) proud that you didn’t give up when the going got tough!

    And… like I said above – contact Nefesh B’Nefesh. They will help you every step of the way and GREATLY enhance and ease your experience.

    Hatzlacha Raba.


    I just posted this on our Aliyah Lift Shipping Facebook Page and you may find this meaningful:

    The Misrad HaKlita Voucher Program which subsidizes vocational retraining for Olim has been reinstated as of Feb. 1, 2011! The Vouchers will cover up to 80% of the cost of the course or up to 7,000 NIS and eligibility for the program is to be determined by a Misrad HaKlita employment counsellor. Go to your Misrad ha Klita for more information.This requires pre-approval.


    As an addition, many jobs transfer well here. If you are a Programmer in the USA you will see that there are lots of Programming jobs here. Setting up a business has never been easier with MATI here to help. Why, I know a man that is designing a clothing line! Be creative and reach for your dreams!

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