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A career in France?

There’s very little, if any at all, written on the internet by people who are NOT retired, and who wish to get a job for a french firm and fully integrate into French life! I have found nothing that addresses how people in their 30s and 40s, coming from the UK, can continue their career in France!

I speak French, and my qualifications are as valid here as they are in the UK, so I should be OK. However, things are not as simple as that. Most British people here are retired, run gites, work for British companies or have British-facing businesses. Follow my progress as I try to start a real career alongside french people!

Back soon…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2013 4:21 pm

    Hi all
    For those who do want to see how to launch a working life in rural France, please see my articles

    Click the links under “Read Here” on the right – for relevant articles.

    I recommend in particular the following two:

    – Careers in France
    – Bilan de Compétences (a Skills Assessment undertaken in France)


    p.s. you can also contact me and ask me any questions, however silly…

  2. Amelia Holmes permalink
    February 28, 2013 12:52 am

    Hi. After a few years of realising that in France there is only one way to get a full time job here and that is to have french qualifications I’ve decided to pursue a correspondence course in Accounting. I’m in my early 30s with two kids under 6 and currently a Business English trainer part time. I’m hoping that this will be all worth it. It’s my last shot I guess to be fully integrated here.

    • February 28, 2013 1:45 am

      Interesting, I was thinking of doing the same, for identical reasons. Then I thought they’d still prefer to employ French people and anyway I like being an interpreter. But then every now and then my husband and parents tell me I’m useless for no longer earning a great wage. It shouldn’t be any of their business, should it?!! I actually think you’re doing a good thing as someone will employ you and accountancy is always required by people of all nationalities. Please keep me posted. I hope it’s going well! Take care

  3. Amelia Holmes permalink
    February 28, 2013 12:53 am

    I forgot to mention I have a BA in French and Spanish which is virtually useless here.

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