The Israeli job market is quite dynamic. Market conditions are often changing, and the result is that the demand for different workers in different professions is also changing.
Vocational retraining (in Hebrew called hasavah) provides a new entry point, both for academic and non-academic professions, for people who want to break into a new field that holds professional promise. They also enable people to “upskill” – to take their current skills and enhance them to meet current market needs.
There are both government-sponsored bodies and private institutions that offer retraining courses subsidized by the government. Government-subsidized courses are almost exclusively taught in Hebrew. Private courses in English are likely to be more expensive and cover a narrower range of professional options than governmental courses- but can prove most valuable career-wise.
Even after completing a vocational course, landing a job in a new field can be challenging. Many employers are only interested in hiring workers who already have relevant experience. You can improve your chances of finding employment by gaining some of the necessary experience. Some companies will hire people without experience for entry-level positions, and while the pay is low, it is worthwhile accepting this type of position if this will help you move into a higher paying job/position afterward. You can also seek out short-term project work that will help build your experience as well as develop critical networking connections that are important in “getting a foot in the door”.
* Last updated on September 6, 2022 *