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Nachshon went through the yeshiva system. While they were dating, he and his future wife, Leora, discussed their long-term goals at length. They decided that Nachshon would study in collar for several years, with Leora to support him, after which he started working in his father’s business. Nachshon’s father was approaching retirement age and he expected his sons to eventually take over the family business.
Nachshon and Leora’s plans came to an abrupt end a few months later. Leora’s pregnancy – with twins – kept her strictly bedridden. Nachshon took a job with his father and he quickly discovered that the family business was not for him.
“I’m an ideas person,” says Nachshon. “I thrive on solving complex challenges. I couldn’t see myself doing inventory or customer service any longer. It also became apparent that my brother and I had different visions for my father’s business.
The task of supporting a Jewish family loomed before him. Nachshon admits he spent nights stressing about it. He had grown up comfortably and wanted to provide the same lifestyle for his family.
In the words of Nachshon: “Tuition. Buy a house in a fruit area near a shul. Summer camp. Give Leora the opportunity to do something part-time so she can be there for our children. I needed a job that could support a growing family!
On a whim, Nachshon decided to take a software engineering course that allowed him to pay for whatever tuition he couldn’t afford once he started working. In addition to teaching in person, he tells me he spent countless hours going through online tutorials and practicing the skills he learned in class and online.
“It seemed like a great choice for someone who is detail-oriented and problem-solving,” he acknowledges. “It’s a marketable skill. It’s in demand. It’s versatile. And I’m introverted, so working alone for long periods of time doesn’t bother me.
The popularity of tech jobs in the fruit community has grown exponentially. Tech jobs tend to be well paid and sometimes allow for remote work or a more flexible work schedule.
Technology is also an area that continues to develop rapidly. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology fields is expected to increase by 13% from 2020 to 2030, and the average annual salary for jobs in this field is of $97,430.
While software engineers are in demand, specialized technology jobs are expected to experience exceptionally strong growth over the next year.
For example, cybersecurity specialists — experts who protect and secure organizations from cyber attackers and hackers — are seeing increased interest from businesses in the United States and around the world, as are cloud professionals. computing. (For those who don’t know: the cloud is a virtual platform that allows members to store and access data. A cloud architect oversees an organization’s cloud computing strategy.)
Data scientists should also see high demand. Data scientists use machine learning to predict and analyze large datasets and communicate them to stakeholders, which is an integral part of today’s commercial and institutional market.
Nachshon tells me he loves his job, although he admits it’s not for everyone.
“Unless you like the work itself, I don’t suggest you go into this field,” he warns. “It’s thorough. You may find yourself working alone most of the time. There’s this perception that tech workers are in high demand, that you have a choice of the job, that you can’t be fired. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a work. You have a boss and a team, and you work within an organization, and you have to take that into account. At the same time, you have the ability to create something, and jobs in this field often have many advantages. It really comes down to whether you enjoy the day-to-day work.
(Note: Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.)