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British English teacher moving to Poznan - work opportunities?


rorynairn 1 | 12
11 Aug 2011 #1
i am a British(english speaker) citizen living in poznan and i am wishing to seek employment teaching english or if not working in another sector is this possible??
delphiandomine 83 | 17,720
11 Aug 2011 #2
I said it elsewhere, but -

Teaching English - it's a difficult market this summer. There's already been a bloodbath with salaries in at least two big schools, for instance. Essentially - unless you have experience/qualifications, it's not going to be easy to find work - unless you're happy accepting poor money and poor conditions.

Other sectors? You need to know Polish, unfortunately - the only exception I know of is the Easyjet call centre near Rondo Kapionera.

If you want to have a chat about this - there's a meeting of the Poznan Language Exchange Club tonight at "Baza Wilda", ul. Gorna Wilda 89/19 from 7pm until 11pm - you're welcome to come :) I'll be there from about 8pm or so - ask for Michael or Chris :)
OP rorynairn 1 | 12
11 Aug 2011 #3
do you know if it is easy to get a job with easy jet where would i apply??
delphiandomine 83 | 17,720
11 Aug 2011 #4
It's a doddle, from what I've heard. The issue is the working conditions - it's a horrible job. Moneywise, it's quite terrible too - you won't clear more than 1500zl net a month. But you will have regular work, at least.

arvato.pl/praca_aplikacja.aspx

Apply here. There's really not much else here unless you have a specific skill that's in demand.
OP rorynairn 1 | 12
11 Aug 2011 #5
thanks very much for your advice, i just expected there to be more options regardless of nationality and 1st language
delphiandomine 83 | 17,720
11 Aug 2011 #6
Not in Poland, I'm afraid. Language is pretty essential here. Even for the lowest jobs, you'll need Polish - the level of English here just isn't high enough to accommodate a non-English speaker.

What's your background/experience?
OP rorynairn 1 | 12
11 Aug 2011 #7
i have managed bars and hotels, i am also a qualified hairdresser, and i have degree business within the music industry
Dommie B.
11 Aug 2011 #8
Not very useful, I'm afraid. There may be an British or Irish pub in town, and you could try there. But a management position with knowledge of the local language is a long shot, and, of course, the competition is stiff.

Ditto hairdressing, and the business degree won't get you very far without experience. Teaching is probably beyond your reach, too, if you don't have some sort of teaching certificate and/or experience. Teaching jobs are not as easy to get as they once were, and the good jobs are generally already taken by people more qualified and experienced than you. Try asking around, though, especially at the Callan Method, Direct Method or Avalon schools. The work is not very rewarding, and the pay is low, but there is a chance that you'll be able to make ends meet.

You probably WON'T be able to make ends meet on the 1500 PLN from the call center, though. Unless you desperately have to go on an extended diet, or you are getting accommodation at a greatly reduced rate.

Sorry, but there isn't much of a need for unqualified, inexperienced people who don't know the local language.
Englishpoznan 4 | 102
11 Aug 2011 #9
hotels

Try The Sheraton if you have a decent CV, website is here: sheraton.pl/poznan/
OP rorynairn 1 | 12
11 Aug 2011 #10
soo what is this meeting you are talking about in poznan this evening??
delphiandomine 83 | 17,720
14 Aug 2011 #11
Just noticed this now -

The meeting is every Thursday, 8pm-11pm at Baza Wilda, ul. Gorna Wilda 89/19 - entrance from the side of the building. Ask for the "Couchsurfing/Language Exchange Club" meeting, or just ask people :)

Teaching is probably beyond your reach, too, if you don't have some sort of teaching certificate and/or experience. Teaching jobs are not as easy to get as they once were, and the good jobs are generally already taken by people more qualified and experienced than you.

It's a bloodbath in Poznan this summer - the good jobs are definitely only going to those already "in the know". I know at least two other people struggling to fill their timetable with work.

Try asking around, though, especially at the Callan Method, Direct Method or Avalon schools. The work is not very rewarding, and the pay is low, but there is a chance that you'll be able to make ends meet.

These are closing down by the dozen - one notable name to avoid is "Akces". I know one guy who was getting a mere 25zl/hour to go and teach corporate classes, shocking as it is.

Sorry, but there isn't much of a need for unqualified, unexperienced people who don't know the local language.

Pretty much.

My suggestion would be to try and see if he can find a hairdressing salon willing to give him a chance - he might find that being "exotic" - someone might just be willing to give him a chance. But again - I can't see the money being particularly good.

The other thing (guessing by the name...) - being Scottish can also count against you here. People are looking for specifically English accents - Scots just isn't wanted. Personal experience ;) (and the reason why I speak quite neutrally...).
yangfanj
22 Aug 2011 #12
I am seaking English teacher
pls send e-mail
charmingnj@hanmail.net

I want to study English speaking (conversation)
And I am in Poznan now.
krzyswrz
6 Sep 2011 #13
English (with decent Eng accent) needed Poznan. Half / full time job. Possible accommodation.
contact: Alexa: 507 163 910
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
6 Sep 2011 #14
People are looking for specifically English accents - Scots just isn't wanted.

Which is a shame really, because despite the strong accents, most Scottish people I've met actually have grammatically-better English than a lot of English people do.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
6 Sep 2011 #15
Sidliste_Chodov
You're not including the op of course.
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
6 Sep 2011 #16
It never ceases to amaze me just how many "English teachers" have ungrammatical English :)
teflcat 5 | 1,032
6 Sep 2011 #17
I'm pretty sure he's not an English teacher; just a guy trying to pick up a bit of work along the way.
You're right. If you want to hear good, clear English, go to Edinburgh. (Not Wester Hailes, though.)
Sidliste_Chodov 1 | 441
6 Sep 2011 #18
True :)

Same with Indian speakers of English - despite the accents and their use of "Indian English" words like "paining", you would never hear them saying something "native English" like "I ain't having no gravy with them chips", which makes no grammatical sense at all! lol
teflcat 5 | 1,032
6 Sep 2011 #19
"I ain't having no gravy with them chips", which makes no grammatical sense at all!

Ungrammatical but sound in a culinary sense. Chips should be dressed with malt vinegar and salt.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,720
6 Sep 2011 #21
What we tend to do is use our own strange grammar in some ways, though - for instance, 'my hair needs washed' or 'the cat wants out' - both grammatically incorrect, yet I'd say them naturally. But yes, it's all to do with accent - I only found some success here because I don't have much of an accent at all.

I'm pretty sure he's not an English teacher; just a guy trying to pick up a bit of work along the way.

Alas, he sounds like another one of those who came here because some girly said it was a good idea...

You're right. If you want to hear good, clear English, go to Edinburgh. (Not Wester Hailes, though.)

Edinburgh Morningside accents are fantastic, I wish I had one myself. It's clear, it sounds fantastic, it's usually perfect grammatically - aah. I love.

Don't mention Indian English to me. Kindly stop, as they would say ;)

(still - I find Indian English brilliant for teaching with - always a good exercise to see who can figure out what)
Laura1
12 Sep 2011 #22
Hi Alexa,

I will be living in Poznan from the 15th of September, looking for a job teaching English. I have grown up in London and I have a university degree and CELTA training. Would you be able to tell me a bit more about the job?

Thank you,
Laura
delphiandomine 83 | 17,720
12 Sep 2011 #23
Laura, I'm guessing that you didn't mean to post this here!

Give me an e-mail at office@lindenia - I'll be happy to tell you about Poznan, I've lived here for 4 years and know the place well :)

(I can also help you with that difficult social-life finding, we have weekly 'multilingual meetings' :))
Marysia Gl
28 Mar 2013 #24
Hi everybody,

Im looking for an experienced in teaching native speaker who could help with preparation to IGCSE exam.
Im interested in following subjects: math, physics, chemistry, english, religious studies and of course English.
If you are interested in cooperation please send your cv to maria.glowacka@akademeia. co.
Also if you have any questions please dont hesitate to write to me.

Best wishes,

Marysia GÅ‚owacka
welshguyinpola 23 | 463
28 Mar 2013 #25
I have a masters degree in RE and taught Rs for 2 yers in a UK school (P.G.C.E). Let me know if you need me


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