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Popular expat jobs in Poland


AdrianK9 6 | 369
17 Feb 2016  #1
So I've been entertaining the idea of living and working in Poland lately and I wanted to find out what the popular jobs for native expats are in Poland. I do see there a lot of IT jobs and quite a few English teaching jobs. Unfortunately, the English speaking jobs pay next to nothing from the postings I have seen.

Does anyone here have experience working in Poland in a position other than teaching/IT or perhaps know someone that does? Care to share your experience? I'd especially be interested in people's experiences in sales, management, marketing, pharma, etc. Thanks!
angryPole1
17 Feb 2016  #2
Expat is by definition a person sent by his company to a position abroad. So if you work for the company that can potentially transfer you to Poland, you are better of exploring the options HR department might have to offer. Otherwise the only option you have is to apply to job postings just like locals do. In this case anything outside IT would be hardly realistic without excellent command of Polish. Apart from probably unfortunate BPO call center jobs that require a particular rare language skill (i.e. Norwegian) - but you most likely don't wanna go for it anyways.
Wulkan - | 3,251
17 Feb 2016  #3
popular jobs for native expats

What are those native expats?

English teaching jobs.

Those are not expats, those are immigrants working as English teachers.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expatriate
porky pok 2 | 127
18 Feb 2016  #4
Those are not expats, those are immigrants working as English teachers.

100% agreed.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,653
18 Feb 2016  #5
Unfortunately, the English speaking jobs pay next to nothing from the postings I have seen.

The ones advertised do. The good jobs pay much, much better, but they simply aren't advertised most of the time.

Those are not expats, those are immigrants working as English teachers.

Someone, please tell the insufferable twats in Kraków that they aren't expats.

Anyway, there are plenty of other jobs.

I'd especially be interested in people's experiences in sales, management, marketing, pharma, etc.

Sales - easy to get if you know what you're doing. Companies are pretty much open to anyone that is willing to build a market for them, especially in the UK or Ireland. I spotted one post a while ago that offered a starting salary of 10k + commission for the right candidate.

Management - always doable if you have the right skills, though the days of people being hired in good positions just because they're a foreigner with an MBA are over.

Marketing - plenty of people work in this, myself included. I've taken a step back this year, but I've worked with quite a few clients on freelance marketing projects as well as doing it at work.

Pharma - likewise, there are jobs for people that are actually qualified.
porky pok 2 | 127
18 Feb 2016  #6
Anyway, there are plenty of other jobs.

like kindergarten teachers?Yuck changing diapers:(
delphiandomine 83 | 17,653
18 Feb 2016  #7
Never met a kindergarten teacher yet that would do such a thing. Most nurseries in Poland don't accept kids that are still wearing them, and if it has to be done, it would be done by an assistant, not a teacher.
OP AdrianK9 6 | 369
18 Feb 2016  #8
Thanks... my apologies by expatriate I just meant in general a person moving to another country to work there... so immigrant I guess would be more correct. Also, with native I should've elaborated - I meant native English speaker I forgot to type in 'English.' I am able to speak, write, and read fluently in Polish. Although the company I currently work for has like 35 sales offices around the world unfortunately Poland isn't one of them. They are in Denmark, Spain, England, Italy, and Russia though. I work in a pseudo call center now so believe me the last thing I'd want to do is move from a US call center to one in Poland. I make great money especially for a recent grad but it is so boring.

I was looking mostly into doing something along the lines of pharmaceutical or medical device sales or managing a sales team. I'd be open to other jobs but would prefer something in sales as that's where I have the most experience. I don't know how the labor market is in Poland for those kinds of jobs. I have gone through my 2nd interview at a company called PNA - Polish National Alliance which is a Polish fraternal organization but they also sell life insurance and annuities. They run like a lot of retreats, Polish language weekend schools, dances, and stuff like that. If I do get the job (I find out tomorrow) I think it would really help me make some contacts in Poland as my position would involve travel around the US and also to Poland. They're very close with the PiS government as well as various US politicians. If I do end up with that job, I think it would really help me network and open some doors in the future if I ever wanted to work for the Polish government or something. I guess I'll see what happens. With the company I'm at right now the only international assignment I'll have is a few weeks in Tel Aviv every year.

Management - always doable if you have the right skills, though the days of people being hired in good positions just because they're a foreigner with an MBA are over.... damn lol

Sales - easy to get if you know what you're doing. Companies are pretty much open to anyone that is willing to build a market for them, especially in the UK or Ireland. I spotted one post a while ago that offered a starting salary of 10k + commission for the right candidate. that's at least good news though since most of my background has been in sales. Just wondering, was that salary of 10k in zloty, dollars, euro also was it monthly, annual? 10k zloty plus commission a month would seem realistic and I think I could live on that since I'm single and no kids plus I'd take about $80k in savings with me just in case. 10k dollars + commission would probably only be possible for like a sales director. Also, would you mind sharing where you saw that post or perhaps any other websites?
SigSauer 4 | 413
2 Oct 2017  #9
I know this is an old thread, but if any of the western expats wouldnt mind contacting me regarding what they do career wise, I'd appreciate it. I am looking for opportunities anywhere in Poland.
Wulkan - | 3,251
2 Oct 2017  #10
western expats

I know one Japanese foreigner, is Japan "western" in your dictionary? if so I can give you the contact to him.
SigSauer 4 | 413
2 Oct 2017  #11
@Wulkan

If that person does not speak Polish as a requirement of their job, that would be great, thank you!
Wulkan - | 3,251
2 Oct 2017  #12
He is fluent in Polish and I believe he uses it a lot a work, sorry :-/
Ziemowit 12 | 3,510
2 Oct 2017  #13
Why not check websites such as pracuj.pl? As far as I know, jobs for people with English only are advertised there.
SigSauer 4 | 413
2 Oct 2017  #14
pracuj.pl

I didn't know about this site. Thank you for the useful link! Much appreciated.


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