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Is teaching English the only way for a foreigner to work in Poland?


Sparky359 6 | 46
22 Jan 2007  #1
Hey people,

Is teaching English the best chance of securing employment in Poland?

After spending weeks looking on the net for office based positions in Warsaw, I have come to the conclusion that this may be the only option left.

Theoretically, I would have thought there would be a lot of international companies based in Warsaw, but getting access to this information seems hard.

Does anybody know of any agencies etc in Warsaw or contacts that may be able to help me?

I have read on this forum, that its who you know as well that helps.

Cheers
globetrotter 3 | 106
22 Jan 2007  #2
You need to talk to the big international employers. I take it your Polish is not fluent so going through agencies may not be easy. All of the big accountancy firms have lots of offices in Poland. Many of the banks do too. If you have the right experience to get a job with them they may consider you for their Polish offices and may also stump up the cash for the language classes.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
22 Jan 2007  #3
Theoretically, I would have thought there would be a lot of international companies based in Warsaw

There's plenty of jobs in Warsaw, but we still speak Polish here, you know...
globetrotter 3 | 106
22 Jan 2007  #4
Forgot to mention that I have contacts with one such accounting firm in Warsaw so if you thinks you have the right experience.........
OP Sparky359 6 | 46
22 Jan 2007  #5
Hey globetrotter

Any info or contacts you have would be a real plus.

Currently an office manager, with an assortment of office skills inluding IT etc.

No, my Polish is not fluent, working on it though (yes Grzegorz, I realise you still speak Polish in Poland, I am trying to learn as fast as I can)
globetrotter 3 | 106
22 Jan 2007  #6
Sparky359,

OK. I'm talking with the senior partner tomorrow so I'll put out the feelers for you. I think getting an office manager job with them might be impossible because I know the incumbent in Warsaw and trust me she is very good and very well respected. He does know an awful lot of clients though !

Had a chat as promised. No openings in that particular firm but he thinks he knows a couple of clients who might have some vacancies. I can't put much pressure on him timewise but if I don't hear within a week I'll give hime a call.
OP Sparky359 6 | 46
26 Jan 2007  #7
Thanks globetrotter,

I really appreciate that.

Thanks again
telefonitika
27 Jan 2007  #8
See my other post relating to documents i can send anyone re working and living in Poland sent by a EURES advisor on behalf of the Jobcentre Plus International Team :)
grunn
31 Jan 2007  #9
i work in Poland being from the netherlands and i dont give language lessons .
there is a serious shortage on technical disciplines and its relative easy to find a job even not speaking polish .
last half year i work in electronics even without all to much polish .
but keep in mind learning polish is very much needed cause not all poles speak german or english .
anyway good luck i love living here poland rules !
ironh
12 Feb 2007  #10
Is teaching English the best chance of securing employment in Poland?

No, there is increasing employment from BPO companies. This are companies who are oursourcing their business processes to Poland, mostly from the USA and Western Europe. If you like to work for such a company you can contact any recruitment agency in any large town in Poland
poland_
24 May 2010  #11
After spending weeks looking on the net for office based positions in Warsaw, I have come to the conclusion that this may be the only option left.

Contact the British Polish chamber of commerce and get a list of their members and send out your CV. ALSO contact the American Polish chamber of Commerce. It will be difficult at arms length and you ill have more success when you are on the ground here in Poland. I also know of some expats who work for film companies as english speaking actors and they will get 600-1000 plz a day. They have no previous acting experience they just signed up with an agency.


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