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Interview with with Daniel Barr - Technical Communications Expert
In what year did you make Aliyah? 1995
Where did you make Aliyah from? Australia
What was your very first job in Israel? Computer Sales
Please describe how you found your present job? Israemploy
Did you have to change professions or retrain in order to find your present job?
No, but to I did an MBA to find my previous job, which enabled me to find this one.
Please provide us with a brief description of the work you do (typical daily schedule)
Review technical documentation, presentations, proposals, blogs, marketing material.
I also build Excel models to track progress of proposal responses. My job also formally includes short overseas trips to cover technical sessions.
What experience do you need to get into your field?
High level of English, Marketing and technical writing background. MBA was also a qualitative edge over other candidates.
What are the advantages and benefits of working in Israel?
Highly developed High-Tech industry, English as a niche skill
What opportunities exist in Israel for new immigrants to enter the profession?
Work is plentiful; however there is also a very large pool of Olim offering their service as technical writers – either employed or freelance. As a result, finding a position with a reputable company and reasonable salary is very competitive.
What suggestions can you offer potential/new immigrants looking to work in your profession?
Do not do a course unless you have spoken to others who have taken it, and verified that the course offers you (considering your individual background and experience) reasonable prospects of finding a job. Verify with others who have recently entered the job market what type of salary you can reasonably expect after completing a course.
What are your thoughts about working and living here in Israel?
It can really vary depending on the company you work for and the people you work for. For myself, working in an English speaking environment makes things significantly easier. People with Israeli managers tend to have a more difficult experience. As a result, when looking for work, it is important to consider the people you will be working with and for.
If you could turn the clock back and make Aliyah again what would you do differently?
Tried to gain greater technical experience and understanding at the beginning of my career.
What is the top tip you would give to any new/potential immigrant?
Have an open mind. Conditions, culture, attitudes, and the way things are done here are likely to be different to those of your country of origin. To a reasonable extent, be flexible in the type of work you are willing to accept. It may not always be possible to find the exact type of work you were doing previously.