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There are so many recent college graduates in the US I know who failed to find decent work in their fields. A young man I know who speaks fluent Arabic, English and Hebrew and possessed a degree in international relations from George Washington University could not find work in the US for six months after graduating college. When he moved to Israel, he served as an officer for three and a half years in the IDF and then found work in his field. Two of my best friends in the US failed to find work after college. The one who graduated with a degree in geology has been doing internships and working part-time for an environmental group for the past several years while moonlighting at various stores to earn extra cash. She still lives with her parents and lacks the benefits for the poor that exist in Israel.

The other one who studied English went to grad school to study journalism because the best she was able to find for post-college work was teaching at Berlitz, which has a very low salary. Another friend of mine only found work at a Catholic day care center with a low salary after majoring in English at the University of Maryland at College Park. However, she moved to Europe and managed to find good work as a teacher there. Another girl I know who studied with me at the University of Maryland at College Park managed to find good jobs in Israel, but when she decided to return to the US, she has remained unemployed for close to a year, despite graduating cum laude from the University of Maryland at College Park and obtaining four years of work experience in her field in Israel.

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In fact, the only people that I studied with at the University of Maryland at College Park who managed to find decent work in their fields with good salaries all interned for US Congressmen. Without obtaining those kind of connections in college, the chances of finding work in ones field is slim. While the minority of the people whom I studied with in the US who did manage to find jobs in their field live well, better than I can dream of and they earn enough to pay those expensive medical bills, the majority who did not succeed live at a worst standard of living than I do in Israel. They can’t afford to have children and they will be in a major crisis if they get a precancerous tumor like I did if their families don’t bail them out. I thus ask myself, who needs that?


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Rachel Avraham is the CEO of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy and an Israel-based journalist. She is the author of "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media."