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Can I find a job in Poland that requires speaking in English?


ClaudiaAnna 1 | 3    
28 Aug 2013  #1
I am 18 and going to Poland in September to complete a Polish course as my Polish has become very weak. (Born in England). I was wondering if I was to stay in Poland longer than a month would it be possible for me to find a job that requires speaking in English? Its likely that even after completing the course my Polish wont be strong enough to work in any customer facing jobs.

Thank you,
Claudia
delphiandomine 85 | 17,648    
28 Aug 2013  #2
The problem is how much you can expect to earn - probably you would only get minimum wage here (which is 1200zl net a month) at the most.

Where in Poland are you going?
Orphan 1 | 6    
28 Aug 2013  #3
Hmm I've got the same age as you and you're living the dream, speaking Polish, going to Poland, maybe work,...
Good luck!
Harry    
28 Aug 2013  #4
There's always call centre work, but the money there is pretty terrible (I certainly wouldn't like to try living off it).
OP ClaudiaAnna 1 | 3    
28 Aug 2013  #5
I'm not expecting a great wage to be honest! Working for minimum wage would be fine its more the experience and hopefully gaining a better grasp of the language :)

Ideally would be looking for work in Krakow or Lodz but once again am flexible to work wherever
delphiandomine 85 | 17,648    
28 Aug 2013  #6
Hmm... send me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll be in touch :)
Harry    
28 Aug 2013  #7
Ideally would be looking for work in Krakow or Lodz but once again am flexible to work wherever

I'd go with Lodz, your living costs would be a lot lower there than Krakow.
dukeraoul    
28 Aug 2013  #8
in krakow cap gemini are looking for english speakers polish not really needed i know a lot of english/turkish who work there the money is really poor tho around 2600pln after tax
James G    
2 Sep 2013  #10
Hey everyone,

Im Irish, 27 and also looking to travel to Krakow or Gdansk Poland so looking for some English speaking work for 2-3 months, (until xmas really) Im willing to do anything really, and wage is not a big factor..Any information is greatly appreciated..:)
Jono88    
2 Sep 2013  #11
Hey mate.

Only for 3 months? If you only want to teach English just to visit Poland for 2 or 3 months, I would just save some cash in Ireland before coming to Poland next summer for a holiday.

Do you have CELTA? If not, finding work will be difficult for two reasons as most of the bigger cities are already full of 'native speakers' and secondly most schools genreally offer 9 month contracts. Alternatively, you could try and find some private work i.e. 1 to 1s which would give you some pocket money. If you don't have any materials to take to students and only offer 'conversation-based' lessons, you'll be lucky to make any more than 30zl per hour.

Good luck either way.
Door    
23 May 2014  #12
Merged: What is the job situation like in Poland for English speakers?

Hi, does anyone know how is it presently in Poland with job offers for english speaking foreigners...
Thanks a lot!
Harry    
23 May 2014  #13
That depends on where you're from and what skills you have.
Osvaldo32 - | 1    
25 Jun 2014  #14
Hi guys. I've just moved to Poland about a week ago. I'm originally from Portugal but I've lived many years in Boston Massachusetts . Developed a few skills in different trades along the way but now my down side is the polish language and how to find a job in Warsaw. I'm not saying that it's a walk in the park soo if there's anyone out there that's been through the same or similar situation , I'm here to listen. Thx guys.
DominicB - | 2,645    
25 Jun 2014  #15
Developed a few skills in different trades along the way but now my down side is the polish language and how to find a job in Warsaw.

"A few skills in different trades" doesn't sound like anything you would be able to sell on the Polish job market, especially without a command of the local language. That basically leaves one option: call centers. For non-specialists, call-center work is not pleasant or well paid. You will most likely do cold-call sales or low-level debt collection, lousy jobs that pay peanuts. Chances are you would make to little to survive on at any level of comfort.

Other options are not as promising. There is an off chance that you might find a language school that needs a Portuguese teacher (forget about English- you're not a native speaker). You also might find a well-off Portuguese businessman who needs someone to watch his kids.

Basically, there is little point for someone like you to look for work in a tight job market like Poland. Your time would be better spent looking for better paying jobs elsewhere. Not much point either in staying in Poland if you are not going to be able to find a job that pays the bills and allows you to save up. I wouldn't settle in, and start looking for greener pastures.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,916    
25 Jun 2014  #16
That basically leaves one option: call centers. For non-specialists, call-center work is not pleasant or well paid.

That just about sums it up, along with a bit of teaching if you're lucky. Although some teachers have currently upped their fees, it's because they are trying to make up lost ground for the work that's dried up. Those who are earning regularly are taking 40-50zł per hour in these parts, from what I can gather. Odd exceptions doing better perhaps, but generally it's not a good living. (Good to see you post again, Dom, btw.)

As for other jobs, here I speak with personal experience for sure, from past efforts. You need an in demand specialism, it's usually IT and it's usually not as well paid here as it'd be somewhere else. If it's just working as a native of English, teaching is all there is (see above) with very occasional alternatives quite possibly filled by the company manager's friend after a pretend recruitment process (for paperwork and officialdom reasons) wasting external candidates' time and effort. Native Eng speakers who have good jobs here usually get them from a friend or are posted by their home country to Poland. If that blessed scenario is bestowed upon you, you're going to love it, because you'll get UK or US money here or near enough.

In the real world though, it's have a good self employment idea and try to get enough money in to cover the mandatory ZUS, or teach to just about scrape by if you're lucky.
Sparks11 - | 335    
20 Jul 2014  #17
Ugh! O.K. Again...

The job situation for English teachers in Warsaw is fine, you can find as much work as you want as long as you have a bit of a clue about teaching. If you're completely unmotivated, really creepy or have some ridiculously difficult accent which you refuse to drop, you may have problems but for the semi-normal teachers, work is abundant, even in the Summer you should be able to fill in with privates (paying at least 50 zl/60 min. cash). I don't know what the motivation is for people on here painting the situation as dire, it is not, never has been.
kaleksandrowicz - | 1    
7 Jan 2015  #18
Merged: jobs in poland

my english- both written and oral is very good. though with polish- i cannot read and write much but i am working on it. but it communicable.

moreover i know 3 languages- english and hindi- perfectly and polish-communicable.
i am planning to move to poland by the end of march'15.
my highest level of education is high school. i could not finish my university due to some personal reasons. its been 2 years since i am in the UK. my work experience includes various positions from voluntary to sales assistant to packer to customer assistant to quality controller and now as an adviser in an association.

will there be any chance to get a good job with such a background? are there any english firms in poland? will i have any scope? if yes, in which areas may i have more chance?

will be waiting for some feedback. thanks in advance. xxx
Monitor 14 | 1,821    
7 Jan 2015  #19
Not really. Stay in UK, because in Poland highly qualified employees earn less than minimum salary in UK.
whyikit 6 | 102    
7 Jan 2015  #20
Hate to say it but your written English is not very good.... I am trying to be kind.....
Harry    
7 Jan 2015  #21
will there be any chance to get a good job with such a background?

With your education and passport, you have no chance of getting any legal job in Poland.
hakuchha 3 | 27    
7 Jan 2015  #22
thats very harsh to say. I have seen many dorks working in banks, logistic offices and tourisms who know nothing but english. But i have to agree that right now in Poland, there are many english speaking people who couldnot do **** back home and came here to teach english. duh.

things are not that rosy, but with a little bit of luck you may find something.
Harry    
7 Jan 2015  #23
thats very harsh to say. I have seen many dorks working in banks, logistic offices and tourisms who know nothing but english.

Yes, but they don't need a work permit; he does need a work permit.
With no professional qualifications and no higher education, on what grounds would a labour office deem him to be able to do a job which no unemployed EU citizen can do? And why would any employer go through the hassle and expense of getting him a work permit?

there are many english speaking people who couldnot do **** back home and came here to teach english. duh.

Something else he isn't qualified to do and wouldn't get a work permit to do.
DominicB - | 2,645    
7 Jan 2015  #24
will there be any chance to get a good job with such a background?

Agree with Harry. Chances of you finding ANY job in Poland are zero. No one is going to go through the hassle of getting a work permit to hire you. Forget about it.

Go back to school and get a degree in engineering or other field that requires lots of advanced applied mathematics.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,916    
7 Jan 2015  #25
i am planning to move to poland by the end of march'15.

Is this because you have met a Polish man and you are following him back to Poland? If so, hopefully he'll try to help you find something. I think there's not a lot of options in most towns, maybe none. I am not sure there's much demand for Hindi, but you could offer lessons, although don't rely on that for a regular income. Can you maybe teach some other skill, like cooking or dancing or day trading or anything at all? If you have basic Polish, there's hope although not a lot unfortunately. Your best chance might be if your boyfriend's family can use you in their business, if they have one.
anemonee - | 7    
8 Jan 2015  #26
Of course it is possible to find a job in Poland if you are fluent in English! Check job offers in BPO/SSC centers in Wrocław or Kraków. For example, on careers in poland you can find only job offers where Polish is not required. Most offers are aimed at highly educated people, but if you didn't finish any high school you can look for jobs in Customer Service or Administration.
Rishu - | 1    
19 Jan 2016  #27
Hello, I am here in warsaw from 1 year and not able to get a job here. I know three languages English, Hindi and Punjabi. Anybody can help me to find a job. Please i am feeling very hopeless.
nope 2 | 46    
19 Jan 2016  #28
three languages

What else can you do ? Have you tried getting in touch with indian community in Warsaw ?
Harry    
19 Jan 2016  #29
I know three languages English, Hindi and Punjabi.

If you don't speak English at a native speaker level and don't speak Polish, it's going to be hard to get a job in Warsaw.

I'd suggest getting on Facebook and joining all the groups such as Professionals in Warsaw, Expats in Warsaw, etc and asking there. Also, go along to all of the meet-ups organised by such groups, networking is vital: who you know is often as important as what you know.
Shelly92    
20 Jan 2016  #30
Hey guys
I am from Ireland.
Myself and my husband who is from Starogard Gdanski was thinking of moving to TriCity.
We also have a 5year old.
My husband is Polish but he hasn't been home for a few years.
I understand and speak Polish.
What are the chances of finding a good job?
I haven't got any degrees.


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