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I am a graphic designer. Is Poland a good country to come to and work?


Kim po 1 | 4
25 Aug 2014  #1
I am looking to come from South Africa to work in Poland.

Is Poland a good country to come to and work?
kkaneff79 - | 4
25 Aug 2014  #2
Not to sound dickish, but if you don't know whether it's a good place to work why are you interested in coming to work here?

In any case, my vantage point is that if you have good gig at a fortune 500 company that is willing to give you a nice package to come over here, then its a fabulous place to work. On the other hand, low skilled labour is not highly rewarded here, and while services and some foodstuffs are relatively cheap compared to western europe, you'll find manufactured goods are generally just as expensive (if not more) than in Germany. I would certainly never recommend someone come here to work under such an arrangement. I should also note, highly skilled labour such as medicine is also not as well compensated as in western European countries.

If you'd like more advice, try providing more details about yourself.

Cheers
OP Kim po 1 | 4
25 Aug 2014  #3
Kkaneff79 - I am interested because things are cheap and the women are beautiful !!! I am a graphic designer. Are there good paying jobs in my work line? Are there websites that could help me check for jobs or help relocate to Poland?

Tx
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
25 Aug 2014  #4
I am a graphic designer. Are there good paying jobs in my work line?

I wouldn't have thought so, but check perhaps these key words Grafika or Kreacja or Projecktant as a start: praca.pl/s-graphic,designer.html
OP Kim po 1 | 4
25 Aug 2014  #5
Yip, i only know English...... What is the average wage for a person to live a okay life in Poland?
kkaneff79 - | 4
25 Aug 2014  #6
Try reading the forum....surprisingly, people have asked this question before.

You also need to be more specific. What city? What standard of living do you expect? Do you need a car? etc etc etc.
Monitor 14 | 1,821
25 Aug 2014  #7
You need 4000 pln net to live comfortable in big Polish city. As a graphic designer you would be lucky to have a job and earn 2000. Many designers cannot find stable employment and work on project bases. Their salary depends on luck, reputation and number of clients. South Africans need work permit. It is unlikely that graphic designer would be sponsored one, except if he is fameous.
OP Kim po 1 | 4
26 Aug 2014  #8
okay so if i want to just work in a bar or cof shop has a waiter will I earn close to or way more than 4000 pln?

What jobs are in demand over in Poland?
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
26 Aug 2014  #9
No, Kim. Such jobs are also not easy to find anyway, and the pay is low. People stacking shelves in a supermarket are sometimes on just 6 or 8 zł per hour, that's about US$2 per hour. Competition is fairly intense when students are in town too.
OP Kim po 1 | 4
26 Aug 2014  #10
A web developer with be well off there??
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
26 Aug 2014  #11
Depends on what the WD brings to the party in terms of skills for particular apps or platforms. Some native Polish IT folk don't want to work in Poland because they can get much bigger money abroad, such as in Ireland or the UK, and similar. So, to fill that gap some big and small names hire IT experts from other countries and, compared to their wage 'back home', they are very well paid. But that salary would be what anyone could earn working in a very ordinary job in the UK, for example, when such jobs are available (note that the UK jobs market is not robust at present, either). On the face of it, it doesn't sound like you can depend on finding any employment, so if you decided to visit you should bring plenty of money with you to see you through. If you don't have that resource, it would be quite unwise to assume you'll find a waiting job or something like that, like in the movies about living in New York or some such.
smurf 39 | 1,982
26 Aug 2014  #12
I am a graphic designer.

If you can build up a nice portfolio and sell you images on stock sites like iStock, Fotolia and Shutterstock then you can live quite well.

You're paid in dollars and the dollar has a decent exchange rate against the zloty.

Web design/web developing doesn't pay well though and clients are usually d!cks. You'd be better off on the stock image sites.
Monitor 14 | 1,821
26 Aug 2014  #13
If you can build up a nice portfolio and sell you images on stock sites like iStock, Fotolia and Shutterstock then you can live quite well.

But you can do it before coming to Poland.
smurf 39 | 1,982
26 Aug 2014  #14
That's pretty obvious man. The advantage like I said though is being paid in dollars and living in a cheap country.
$1 is 3.17zl
$1 is 1.07 Aussie dollars and Australia ain't a cheap country.
Monitor 14 | 1,821
26 Aug 2014  #15
@smurf: But author writes from South Africa not Australia. I think that it's relatively cheap country too.
smurf 39 | 1,982
26 Aug 2014  #16
Sorry, brain fart man, I've no idea why Australia came to my head.

Checked a website, it would seem that Johannesburg is certainly cheaper than Warsaw
But J'burg is a lot more expensive than Katowice.

Figures were from numbeo.com


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