When Elior was 19, one of his younger brothers was diagnosed with a serious illness. For six months his parents spent all their time at the hospital, and Elior moved back home to take care of his three other siblings. He accepted this responsibility willingly, but he always had his eye on the main goal – to get to university and make a difference in the world.
“My father always worked hard to provide for us, and he instilled in me the ambition to go to university and improve myself so that I could get a better job and have an easier life. Without his salary, the family was in dire straits, so I applied to Ben Gurion University in the hope that they would find a way to reduce my tuition fees and help me out.”
Elior was accepted to study Mechanical Engineering and applied for a university scholarship to help with his first year fees. Then out of the blue he received an email saying that he had been accepted onto a full scholarship program called Moshal. Elior remembers: “It was like winning the lottery – a gift from heaven! It was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me, apart from marrying my high school sweetheart Yael, of course!”
Elior started working during his second year at a magnesium factory, but as he neared the end of his fourth year he decided to apply for a better job with one of Israel’s leading chemical companies. Thanks to the Moshal workshops that he had attended, Elior prepared an impressive resume and started his search with important insights into the job market.
“I met the CEO of one of Israel’s leading manpower recruitment companies at a Moshal event and he really opened my eyes as to what employers are looking for and the best way to apply for the right job. That helped me to get a good job as a departmental engineer with Haifa Chemicals, and I hope one day to progress to become a factory manager.”
Elior has big dreams because of his involvement with Moshal. “At the last scholars event, where I received my graduation certificate, it was an honour to meet Martin Moshal and to hear his inspiring words. Now I aspire to become an entrepreneur like Martin and to be able to help other people. I am always thinking of ways that machines can help people and improve their quality of life. I would love to invent something that would make a difference to the world.”
Through the Moshal program at Ben Gurion University, Elior chose to volunteer in a computer club where elderly and disadvantaged people come to learn how to use computers. “Just helping someone to send an email to his son overseas, and helping a grandmother to print recipes of the internet, gave me a really good feeling that I was making a difference in their lives. It’s great to be able to use the talents that I have been given to help other people. I hope that I will always find ways to use the education that Moshal gave me to benefit not only my family but also the wider community.”