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British considering our options, as to where to live with my Polish fiance?


Jayd562 1 | 5    
4 Nov 2010  #1
Hi! This is my first post as a brand new member. I am British and I live in the uk with my polish fiance and we have just had our first child! We are currently considering our options as to where to live, I like the idea of moving to Poland but wouldn't be sure where to start! I have concerns about where would be best to move to, getting a job what sorts of jobs will be availible for someone like myself. My polish isnt fantastic but I am practicing all the time I can and (I think...at least I hope!) it is getting better everyday! I would like to live near to my fiance's family near Głogow but I am open to suggestions! Has anyone else on here had a similar experience (sucessful or ortherwise) or does anyone have any advice for us?

Thanks in advance :) Jay
Wroclaw 44 | 5,389    
4 Nov 2010  #2
near to my fiance's family near Głogow

if they live near Głogow at least one of them must work underground.

Contact: kghm polska miedź. they might have something for you.
OP Jayd562 1 | 5    
4 Nov 2010  #3
Yes some of her family do, I would be interested in somthing within KGHM as I hear it is a good place to work Im guessing then I would live in Głogow too is it a good place to live and bring up a child?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,389    
4 Nov 2010  #4
is it a good place to live and bring up a child?

I don't know the answer to that.

I know about KGHM because I did a little work for them, years ago.
delphiandomine 85 | 17,657    
5 Nov 2010  #5
Yes some of her family do, I would be interested in somthing within KGHM as I hear it is a good place to work Im guessing then I would live in Głogow too is it a good place to live and bring up a child?

Contact "ajb" on here for his opinion about Głogow.

As far as I can tell, small town Poland is a fine place to live if you're young and without commitment, but living there with a child is a whole different proposition. I certainly wouldn't move to anywhere that you didn't have plenty of options.

It's worth bearing in mind that there isn't the same social net as in the UK as well - and the Polish education system is very heavily based on theory, not in practice. As for jobs - don't expect to find a "normal" job in Poland. Of course, it depends on how well connected your relatives are ;)
Ironside 47 | 9,501    
5 Nov 2010  #6
Yes some of her family do, I would be interested in somthing within KGHM as I hear it is a good place to work Im guessing then I would live in Głogow too is it a good place to live and bring up a child?

nice area that all I can say if you get a job with KGHM you will do OK!
Not far from the place the legendary Ironside was born :P
OP Jayd562 1 | 5    
6 Nov 2010  #7
Ideal! thanks for all the help! Im weighing up options still, looking at jobs online anywhere in lubuskie would be ideal, wrocław seems to have quite a few jobs. My main experience is in sales/customer service in an Opticial (Opticians) environment although i am currently in an office sales/credit control post. Do you think there would be many jobs for someone like me?
delphiandomine 85 | 17,657    
6 Nov 2010  #8
looking at jobs online anywhere in lubuskie would be ideal

Oh jesus, you don't want to live in Lubuskie. It's economically deprived, it's not a nice place and it'll be a culture shock. It's one of the worst provinces to live in - and certainly not a good place to bring up kids.

wrocław seems to have quite a few jobs. My main experience is in sales/customer service in an Opticial (Opticians) environment although i am currently in an office sales/credit control post. Do you think there would be many jobs for someone like me?

Frankly - no. If you learn Polish, then of course - but in all reality, there's not going to be much demand for you in rural Poland. Wroclaw is a different story, you might be able to find something there - but I need to warn you that quite a few foreigners have came here with the same intention, only to end up stuck at home and depressed after realising that they need fluent Polish for anything.
OP Jayd562 1 | 5    
6 Nov 2010  #9
Thanks for the warnings on that, all of this is quite helpful to a foreign devil like me as I worry my fiance's views may be a tad biased! Is there anywhere you could suggest as a good place to set up? I have visited the area and I really enjoyed my time there but I think that it might be different if I were living there.
Ajb 6 | 232    
7 Nov 2010  #10
would like to live near to my fiance's family near Głogow

I lived in Glogow last year! There isn't much to do around there! A couple of language schools which have natives (If you want to teach) In regards to KGHM in Glogow, they have a highly experienced translator who has been working for many years, so they don't have much need for a native. If you can speak German i would look at VW Polska in Polkowice.

I have nothing bad to say apart from the lack of communication with natives and lack of drinking buddies :) But its OK generally :)

If you want to stay near Glogow, but want the city feel, i would look at Wroclaw (90min drive)

If you want any information, schools to avoid etc, i still have family and pop back quite often and of course you can PM me :)
OP Jayd562 1 | 5    
7 Nov 2010  #11
Thanks Ajb!

If you can speak German i would look at VW Polska in Polkowice.

I am a mega VW fan so I would have a trouser based accident if I was told I could work there even as a cleaner! Unfortunatley I have no knowledge of the german language (was taught french at school! for all the good that ever does anyone!) I was hoping to work back in an optical lab as when I was in Poland I saw many branches of Vision Express with labs and this is where my experience is although I dont think they would have much use for an englishman who can only speak pidgeon polish! Wrocław is looking like a good option at the moment, but also staying put is looking safer...!
Mark76 - | 20    
14 Nov 2010  #12
In the process of divorcing my Polish wife. She will never move from Krakow. I am working in the UK. Previously I worked as an English teacher and unlike most on the forum I also had a well paid job for a blue chip company (in the days when foreign bosses recruited other foriegners)

Doubt that there is much now, and while you will get work as an English teacher (like I did) the novelty of the job and Poland wears off.

Some foreigners thrive in Poland (and they thrive anywhere) but by living in Poland you will not make things easier for yourself.

My advice -stay in the UK and enjoy Poland in the holidays


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