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Old Oct 28th 2014, 7:49 pm
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I may well be approaching some sort of mid life crisis (I'm 39) and have become disillusioned with my career here in Glasgow, Scotland. Something that I have always dreamt of, but never had the courage to so, is to live and work in France for some time, say 6 months. I was wondering what my prospects would be for finding work - say in a hotel or cafe, and where to start. Is it best to find work whilst you are in the country and which city would be a good place to go?? Any help/ encoragement would be appreciated! Thanks Julia
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Hello!

I may well be approaching some sort of mid life crisis (I'm 39) and have become disillusioned with my career here in Glasgow, Scotland. Something that I have always dreamt of, but never had the courage to so, is to live and work in France for some time, say 6 months. I was wondering what my prospects would be for finding work - say in a hotel or cafe, and where to start. Is it best to find work whilst you are in the country and which city would be a good place to go?? Any help/ encoragement would be appreciated! Thanks Julia
Inevitable 1st question. Do speak french?

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Hi, I have basic/intermediate French only. I'd use my time in France to become more proficient.
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Inevitable 1st question. Do speak french?

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Hi, I have basic/intermediate French only. I'd use my time in France to become more proficient.
If you're looking for a change of scenery, & earning sh**te wages/tough conditions are not a problem, try UK companies which recruit for seasonal (ski resorts and/or campsite etc) jobs. Without fluent (read bilingual) French, and local knowledge/experience, you will find it hard to break into the unskilled job market.

Have a look at natives.co.uk, & similar sites.

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Ok thanks, not what I wanted to hear but good to have a reality check. The workaway website may well be the best place to find temporary work (unpaid) in that case.

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Hi there i am an Australian who has moved to France 6 weeks ago. i am here on a working Holiday visa.
I would say go for it.
the people are friendly... i speak next to know French but have picked a bit up and having a great time
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Hello!

I may well be approaching some sort of mid life crisis (I'm 39) and have become disillusioned with my career here in Glasgow, Scotland. Something that I have always dreamt of, but never had the courage to so, is to live and work in France for some time, say 6 months. I was wondering what my prospects would be for finding work - say in a hotel or cafe, and where to start. Is it best to find work whilst you are in the country and which city would be a good place to go?? Any help/ encoragement would be appreciated! Thanks Julia
Hi, and welcome to the Forum!
Another point, apart from whether you speak French, is the question of accommodation. Hotel or café jobs (if you found one) are very poorly paid and you wouldn't have much left to live on after the rent and utilities have been paid. Furnished appartments are quite rare, and spare rooms in most flat-shares are unfurnished.
If you come over with enough savings to last you the 6 months, then go for it and try your luck on the spot. If you don't find work, treat it as an extended holiday or sabbatical. But be warned that the unemployment situation in France is dire, and qualified jobseekers are often reduced to working in the hospitality trade in order to survive.
I can't suggest a particular city to try - a town with plenty of tourist attractions would have more hotels/cafés, but the rent would be higher....
All the best, but if you don't speak French or another language, then I would strongly advise you to go somewhere where English is spoken (rest of UK, Eire, ....)
P.S. You could look on Wwoof, Helpx, etc.. sites, but check that you're not outside the age range.

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Hi there i am an Australian who has moved to France 6 weeks ago. i am here on a working Holiday visa.
I would say go for it.
the people are friendly... i speak next to know French but have picked a bit up and having a great time
Hmmm, next to no English too...

This is poor advice. At 39 years old I'm thinking Julia is wanting a change of scenery/career and is not wanting to start globe trotting. In these times, and especially in France, you can't just "go for it" unless you won last weekends Euromillion lottery...
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Ok thanks, not what I wanted to hear but good to have a reality check. The workaway website may well be the best place to find temporary work (unpaid) in that case.

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I edited my post to add a website where paid (albeit very badly) jobs are available, most include (sometimes very basic) accommodation.

Thinking on the lines of short-term jobs, there's also nannying/home help ... Try The Lady.

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next to know English? because i cant see the point in wasting all my time making sure everything is perfect ...plumber....(BE ENTHUISAST)

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Well, many thanks all for the comments - I always thought I would need a purpose to go to France, i.e a job , but as you suggest maybe I need to bite the bullet and just go for it, with the knowlege that I may not find anything, but that it would be a good life experience either way. At this age it is a bit harder to have a carefree attitude like that but if I don't do it now I probably never will. Cheers!
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I may well be approaching some sort of mid life crisis (I'm 39) and have become disillusioned with my career here in Glasgow, Scotland. Something that I have always dreamt of, but never had the courage to so, is to live and work in France for some time, say 6 months. I was wondering what my prospects would be for finding work - say in a hotel or cafe, and where to start. Is it best to find work whilst you are in the country and which city would be a good place to go?? Any help/ encoragement would be appreciated! Thanks Julia
Hi and welcome.
What is your career in Glasgow?
Scotland and the UK in general are not bad places to be.
However, you are 39 and you feel that you would like to try your hand at anther country. You do not speak the language and unless you are in employment you will not be covered for healthcare for unforeseen emergencies and you can't fall back on benefits. In addition you may not be able to rent somewhere to stay.
The unemployment rate in France is twice that of the UK.
i.e. there are twice as many people in France looking for each job then in the UK.
Sorry if that sounds pessimistic but France is just keech for job prospects just now.
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Hi and welcome.
What is your career in Glasgow?
Scotland and the UK in general are not bad places to be.
However, you are 39 and you feel that you would like to try your hand at anther country. You do not speak the language and unless you are in employment you will not be covered for healthcare for unforeseen emergencies and you can't fall back on benefits. In addition you may not be able to rent somewhere to stay.
The unemployment rate in France is twice that of the UK.
i.e. there are twice as many people in France looking for each job then in the UK.
Sorry if that sounds pessimistic but France is just keech for job prospects just now.


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I work as a property manager here in Scotland. I had no idea the job situation was so poor in France. However, unpaid work with accommodation thrown in is an option to fall back on as is an extended holiday
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Yes plumber boy i am a convict because i am a Aussie.
Why shouldnt she go for it?
because you wouldnt?
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