Monday, September 11, 2006

Trading Places

When you make or considering Aliyah, employment or being able to find it is a massive issue. The lifestyle here is conducive to putting your hand in your pocket and if there is nothing coming in at the other end, you may find yourself in a spot of bother.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate or blessed when it comes to this. Found a job after only two months of looking. Left there and was able to find another one without being unemployed for too long. Both jobs paid reasonably well and were in English, the only issue was they were both in Tel Aviv.

The commute isn’t easy. In the morning there is a bus which goes through the neighborhood and then goes directly to Tel Aviv. I get that at 6.45 and we normally arrive around 7.50.

Going home isn’t as simple. It involves getting to Tachana Mercazit in TA followed by waiting with the hordes for the bus to come. The traffic is far worse in the afternoon as well. When I get to TM in Jerusalem I either get the 31/32 home or walk. If I leave work at 5, won’t get home too much before 7.

As arduous as the commute is, it’s far preferable than being unemployed. In the line of work I'm in, jobs in Jerusalem are few and far between and those that are there seem not to pay as well as those in TA, Netanya, Herzliya, et al.

Which is why I’m so excited to be starting a new job in Jerusalem next week. Not only is it local but the long term prospects there are excellent. As I’ve been telling everyone in the interviews, “I don’t want a job, I want a career.”

There will still be some commuting but nothing as gruelling as going up and down the Ayalon twice a day.

Not sure about the condition of the toilets there, but I can fill you in next week.


Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

good luck with the new job.



10:01 AM  
Anonymous ifyouwillit... said...

I am jealous but pleased for your sake that you no longer need to commute, who else can I share tales of Route 443 with now?!

One thing you need to remember when making aliya is to come with a willingness to do any job.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again with the toilets ? Whats next ? The World Cup ?

2:57 PM  
Blogger Noodles said...

Good luck with the new job! And thanks for the last lovely message ... very nice of ya!

I always found that the worse the toilets, the better the job ;)

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, nothing quite compares to the toilets at hadassah..

lovely to see u guys and kira (awake:)last night, looking forward to updates on both her - in every colour of pink possible -and new job stories..

enjoy the final week of breathing in that freshest of fresh intercity bus smell (errgh!) & hope next week's another beginning of only good things..


7:12 PM  
Blogger Wisey said...

Love the good interview speak- "A career not a job"

Do they even go for that in
Do they even care?

2:12 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

JC - Thanks bro

IYWI - You can still share it with me.

Anon I - No. The World Series

Noodles - No worries. Interesting theory - will test it out.

S - Great to see you as well!

Wisey - They most certainly do :)

9:14 AM  

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