While France might attract a huge number of people who come to these shores to put their feet up at the end of long and stressful careers, most foreigners who come here are actually of working age. Which means they need to find work. But perhaps unsurprisingly many of them find it difficult, indeed more difficult than foreigners do in other countries. A survey by InterNations global community, which interviewed 18,000 respondents around the world found that 55 percent of expats in France found it hard to apply for a job. That's compared to the average of 36 percent around the globe. There were other stats as well that revealed how foreigners found it hard to get work in France. For example 47 percent said they were happy with their career prospects in France compared to 55 percent globally. That score saw France ranked 52nd out of 68 countries for career prospects. READ ALSO: The 10-point checklist - What you have to do to land that job in France "It seems to be generally … [Read more...] about Members’ Forum: Why is it so hard for foreigners to find work in France?
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Firstly if you are an American working in France we would like to hear your accounts of how you found the job and how easy or difficult it was. Please email us at the address below. If you’re an American hoping to live and work in France for either a short or long period of time - we’re not going to lie to you - making that dream come true will be challenging. That’s despite the fact that in 2017 President Macron urged American scientists and academics and any “responsible citizens” to move to France if they didn’t want to endure Trump’s presidency. Don’t despair just yet though, as there are a number of ways that Americans can find jobs - both menial and professional - in the land of Moliere. How about a working holiday visa? Unfortunately France’s ‘vacances travail’ scheme is off the cards for Americans. Citizens from a number of non-EU countries – including English-speaking countries such as Canada, … [Read more...] about How Americans can overcome the challenges of finding work in France
Whether you’re hoping to move to France to continue with your studies, to further your career, or even if you’re relocating for love, having your diploma/s recognised by French authorities could be essential depending on your situation and your plans for life in France. French bureaucracy is renowned for being fairly complex and tedious, even more so if you aren’t fluent in French, so The Local has cut through the noise and red tape to get to the nitty-gritty of degree validation in France, whether you’re from inside or outside the EU. When do I need to get my foreign diploma recognised in France? In France, the legal principle of academic or professional equivalence with other countries does not exist. That means that if you’re a foreigner looking to work or study in France, your prospective employer or educational institution may require a certificate of comparability for your qualification, a document that makes it as transparent as … [Read more...] about How to get your foreign qualifications recognised in France
There’s much more in terms of employment opportunities - depending of course on your level of education, qualifications and French-language abilities. If you already live in France or are looking to move to the country, here are some ideas to get you started. Working for a start-up The start-up scene in France is hot right now. So hot, in fact, that some people are referring to it as the "Startup nation". Indeed, Forbes has started releasing a French version of its business magazine in efforts to chart the progress of France on the startup scene. "Many people say France is becoming the 'startup nation' and the discourse is changing. We have a president who is promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise," Dominique Busso, the media entrepreneur behind the venture, told AFP in October. And don't forget that Paris has recently flung open the doors to the mega startup hub "Station F" (pictured below), a converted railway station that aims to house 1,000 startups. … [Read more...] about The jobs you can do in France (if you don’t want to teach English)
I hadn’t been in France long before it happened for the first time. I was teaching business English to a group of students and we were discussing which accents they found difficult to understand. One man - older than the others - said Chinese. To demonstrate, he put on a Chinese accent and pulled the skin at the outer corners of his eyes. The rest of the students laughed. I was horrified. I hadn’t seen someone do ‘slit eyes’ since the school playground in the 80s. Why was a grown man doing it? Why was everyone laughing? The moment passed, but my confusion over the incident remained. How could anyone be so flagrantly racist? This was a professional setting, it wasn’t as if he was letting deeply held and concealed racist opinions spew out on Twitter. Rationalising it, I decided that the problem was generational: he didn’t realise that he was being racist and the others laughed to diffuse an awkward situation. It was weird but it was a one-off … [Read more...] about Members’ Forum: Why are racial jokes and clichés still acceptable in France?