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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…

7 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.

  4. Philippe Pejoine permalink
    October 15, 2015 12:57 pm

    Dear Emily,

    I refer to your message on survive France. One should never try to reply on their cellphone when traveling on a fast TGV…
    After graduating and lecturing Law at Warwick Uni, I specialized with English speaking expats more than 15 years now (out of 21 years of qualification at the Bar now) and this is 99% of my clientele today.
    I like that you speak French, are not yet retired and don’t expect to turn your house into a gite! You are not the only one…
    Feel free to give me a call some day (not today I’ll be flying to Liverpool for business and back tomorrow). Would be available from Thursday the 22nd onwards. In case of any urgent matter I always call back even on week-ends and late in the evening (providing it is really urgent).
    A très bientôt
    Bien cordialement

    Philippe PEJOINE
    119, Cours Alsace Lorraine
    33000 BORDEAUX

    Tel: 0033 (0)556.79.23.24
    Fax: 0033 (0)556.81.75.27
    Mob: 0033 (0)674.28.47.66
    > email:

  5. January 10, 2016 12:24 pm

    You are so cool! I don’t believe I’ve read something like that before.
    So nice to find another person with some unique
    thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thank you for starting this
    up. This web site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

    • January 10, 2016 12:30 pm

      Thank you very much for your support. I’m leaving France though in a few weeks, I think I was a bit too “original” for everybody here! LOL

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