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Non Polish nationals living in Poland - What do you do for a living?

cjjc 29 | 408  
1 Jan 2009 /  #1
I am thinking of moving to Poland to study the Polish language and explore and experience more of Poland sometime in the future.


However am I trying to work out what to do for money whilst I am there so I am asking the question to pf members (and guests ;P):

What do the non Polish nationals on this site who live in Poland do for a living?

Please could you write a short description of what you do.

Thank you for your time.

and a happy new year.


Seanus 15 | 19,674  
1 Jan 2009 /  #2
I teach at 3 schools here in Poland. In effect, 2. Officially, 3.

As Morrissey once said, "It pays my way but it corrodes my soul". Can't remember the song though.
Cardno85 31 | 976  
2 Jan 2009 /  #3
I would advise looking for native speakers at English schools if you can. If you are lucky and find a cheap flat then you can just stick to bar or restaurant work.
2 Jan 2009 /  #4
I run a recruitment agency in Krakow. I've got many friends and colleagues doing various jobs out here who can't speak Polish.

Essentially without the Polish language there are several jobs you could do and often involve using your native language skills. (there are some specialist jobs you could go into with the various international companies here, but below are the basic): -

Teach English
Proof Reading
Customer Serive (helpdesk)
Anything in the leisure/tourist industry (bar, restuarant, tour guide)

Its easiest to start teaching English as this is something that is easy to find, then you can network from here and find something else you may be able to move into.

Hope this helps
OP cjjc 29 | 408  
2 Jan 2009 /  #5
Thank you all very much this is great info.... please keep it up...

kabanos1 - | 4  
2 Jan 2009 /  #6
hi mark. would you be able to give me at least three reliable recruitment agencies in gdansk, if ever? otherwise, it's alright. also, based on statistics, would you know how much time it actually takes before a non-EEA could find a job in poland (that is, average in terms of months for a person who has been using English as a joint first language)? thanks ever so much! happy new year! =)

I run a recruitment agency in Krakow. I've got many friends and colleagues doing various jobs out here who can't speak Polish.

Aussiepole 1 | 5  
3 Jan 2009 /  #7
Hi MArk
Would it be possible to get the name and contact details of your agency?
I`m also thinking of moving to Poland to live and work - but i guess the work side of things will be the hardest finding. Could you please get in contact with me via emailing me here.

Wroclaw Boy  
3 Jan 2009 /  #8
It seems the traditional methods of earning dough in Poland for foreigners such as teaching, property, recruitment agencies etc, are either drying up or too competitive now.

If i had the investors and expertise id love to take on one of the big boys such as neostrada.

Many companies need a good kick up the backside in terms of stiff competant competition.

There are massive deficiencies in many sectors.
14 Jan 2009 /  #9
hello everyone,

my name is Ricardo and, as you can tell, i'm not polish. I'm doing my EVS (voluntary service) in Lublin but would like to stay in Poland, preferrably Wrocław, and work there. Ispeak fluent English, Portuguese and Spanish, understand French, Italian and German. Can anyone tell me what kind of jobs i should be looking for? Thanks.

Best wishes
OP cjjc 29 | 408  
14 Jan 2009 /  #10
Well knowing Spanish and English is a huge benefit you can get a job as a language teacher. If you would like more info search this site as you can find links for employment site and advice from teachers working in Poland.

Good luck.
sofien - | 1  
28 Jan 2009 /  #11
hey im tunisian guy i speak english arabic and french and i would like move to poland and work to be with my girl
if smb can help me or can give me some advice pls contact me to
my email is "kingaloui@hotmail" or answear me here pls i need ur help
mafketis 36 | 10,830  
28 Jan 2009 /  #12
Anything in the leisure/tourist industry (bar, restuarant, tour guide)

I'm not sure how someone could function in those areas without a knowledge of Polish.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,177  
28 Jan 2009 /  #13
No reason why someone couldn't be a tour guide in a major European language without speaking any Polish, no?

Likewise, washing dishes/collecting glasses is probably doable with no Polish.
mafketis 36 | 10,830  
29 Jan 2009 /  #14
No reason why someone couldn't be a tour guide in a major European language without speaking any Polish, no?

Depends on what you mean by 'tour guide'. To me though it implies either telling groups of tourists about local sights (in which case I'd be skeptical of a guide that didn't know the local language) or implies a sort of go to person for a specific group (again the questions are liable to require local knowledge).

Kitchen help and/or bussing don't require the local language but I would assume that it would be cheaper to hire locals (if they're willing) and if not to import temp workers from across the eastern border.
backhander 7 | 22  
29 Jan 2009 /  #15
Mark S,

can you give me some contact details of your recruitment agency as I would like to contact you and go over my CV with you? Im interested in finding out what job opportunities there may be for someone with my experience and skills, I have worked for some of the worlds largest global companies in Cust Service and Sales over the past 7 years across two european countries.

I am a native english speaker from Scotland by the way

Many thanks
1 Feb 2009 /  #16

its "frankly mister shankly"

which schools do you teach at and what?
Seanus 15 | 19,674  
1 Feb 2009 /  #17
Thanks!! It was with The Smiths and not solo.

I teach at Britam and Speak Up/EMPIK and a wide variety of things from Cambridge courses to Business English.
wonka 1 | 16  
12 Feb 2009 /  #18
"It pays my way but it corrodes my soul".

Frankly Mr Shankly by The Smiths :)
Seanus 15 | 19,674  
12 Feb 2009 /  #19
Thanks for that. It'll be ever more true tomorrow as I have 9 classes :(
jesse23 - | 21  
16 Feb 2009 /  #20

I also teach English here I'm currently with only 1 school at the moment and have put my CV into a few other school and in the summer i will be doing a TEFL course but I'm doing fine with out it at the moment with plenty of private students as well.

I enjoy living in Wroclaw Poland and plan to stay here for a while : )
sobieski 106 | 2,118  
1 Mar 2009 /  #21
I work in logistics near Warsaw. Lots of work (very interesting), lots of stress (sometimes entertaining, sometimes not :), many boring pointless meetings...
Too many Excel files torturing me, especially on a Friday afternoon...
Just like at home, really :)
Do I miss my native Flanders? Well... sometimes but not too often...
Going back home is not an option I consider for the foreseeable future.
jesse23 - | 21  
1 Mar 2009 /  #22
Why is it not an option...... i bet you really look forward to the weekends then : )
monkey25 2 | 2  
25 Mar 2009 /  #23
Hello Marks I was wondering if you could help me to find a job out here? I am living in Krakow and do not speak Polish but I am learning slowly. If you could tell me about some of the jobs available please contact me and I'd like to go through my CV with you, thanks

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