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30 Jun 2008 /  #1
Hello there, I got something I'd like to discuss and get some advice from my fellow coutnrymen/women.

I left Poland in 1989 when I was 3 years old. Since then, I lived in Canada (Greater Toronto Area, Ontario) I'm turning 22 this year, my life is a bit of a mess and I'd like to set things straight. I've been offered an opportunity from my wujek in Poland. He currently (and has been for 19 years) is a farrier (Quick explanation, basically takes care of and works on horses, particularly their horseshoes) in the Warsaw area and tells me he is getting swamped with work and would let me come work and learn from him.

I'm totally cool with that. I did some research and wouldn't mind learning this trade, which I could potentially bring back to North America after some time and continue with it here.

However, I do have a bit of an issue... MONEY! He tells me he'll start me off at 2,000 zl. I checked the exchange rate and saw thats only $955 here in Canada, I could make more working full time at Wal-Mart! Anyway, I'll be living with him and his family which is a big plus cause it cuts some of my expenses. I plan on staying there, probably forever if I'm comfortable with the work. I still remember the language pretty well, but the money is really bugging me. So I want to ask, is 2,000 zl a lot?

Also, I'm very interested in business (mainly investing) I've been saving my money here to use on an investment (preferable real estate) but since I'm leaving, I see I'll have to learn about the economy there and find opportunities to invest in Poland, can someone tell me how the economy is looking over there and any information in relation to investing?

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Zgubiony 15 | 1,553  
30 Jun 2008 /  #2
2000 zl per week?
OP Refund?  
30 Jun 2008 /  #3
:P My mistake, month, hehe, I wish it was per week, I'd already be there!
Lukasz K - | 103  
1 Jul 2008 /  #4
For a person at your age it is normal salary (or even not so bad).
Average salary is near 3000 PLN per month, but if you don't pay rent, food etc. 2000 is ok (for example rent for a double bedroom flat in Warsaw is about 1500 PLN so you save a lot of money).

I am just after studies and people with Masters but jus after graduating earn often below 2000 (unless they are working in banking, finance etc.).

I think you should try for a few months and see how you like it.

dtaylor 9 | 823  
1 Jul 2008 /  #5
2000 a month is plenty for you to have a good life.
It's spending money for ya and many professional jobs pay only 2000pln a month.
pawian 222 | 24,304  
1 Jul 2008 /  #6
I've been offered an opportunity from my wujek in Poland.

farrier Noun - chiefly Brit - a person who shoes horses [Latin ferrarius smith]

It seems you haven`t decided yet if you want to pursue financial career or the possibility of acquiring a new skill.
If you aim at profits, think about it. 2000pln is a decent pay for everyday expenses, but forget any serious saving or investment.

However, if you want to learn a new trade, with the prospect of taking it to America, then spending a few months or even a year for 2000 per month is worth considering.
randompal 7 | 306  
1 Jul 2008 /  #7
2000 a month is plenty for you to have a good life.

only if you live with your parents. if you dont pay rent its a decent wage..

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