You’ll be OK

When I entered the workforce, at age 27, my goal was to shape environmental quality and protection in a relatively new country, Israel. My background—a bachelor’s degree in political economy of natural resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology—led to positions first in government and then at an environmental nongovernmental organization. My work was meaningful and influential, and it supported my husband’s studies: He had just finished military service and had no family financial backing. I hoped I would get a chance to go back to school when he finished. (Keep reading at .)

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