Last week, the front page of the Chicago Tribune business section had an above-the-fold story reporting on young adults heading abroad for professional experience. And guess what the lede of the story was? That’s right. Opportunities in Israel. Check it out:
By Julie Wernau, Tribune reporter
February 1, 2010
After JPMorgan Chase laid off Adi Clerman as a recruiter in August 2008, the 26-year-old Chicagoan couldn’t find a job — any job.
“I was looking and looking for work and interviewing and interviewing, and nothing was coming,” she said.
So Clerman decided to go abroad. She grabbed a five-month internship in Tel Aviv, Israel, at an American marketing firm through MASA Israel’s Career Israel program, a partnership with the Israeli government that sends young people to the country for work experiences. It filled a huge gap on her resume.
“When people asked me, ‘You got laid off in August 2008, what have you done since then?’ I had a really great answer,” she said.
One month after returning to the U.S., she landed a job as an admissions representative at Harrington College of Design in Chicago.