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Working in Poland without speaking Polish


Sparks11 - | 335
8 Aug 2013 #31
I literally teach the whole street

You can't be as tough as the guy who teaches the whole street. You'd have to be as tough as asphalt to teach asphalt :)
local_fela 17 | 172
8 Aug 2013 #32
Well, it's certainly a challenge unless somebody has some specialist skill that is in demand.

bullo*ks.... I dont speak any polish nor my mates from different countries- (Italy, Spain, Columbia, Mauritius, Holland...) 70% of us didn't even had any work experience in what we do now. But, we were still recruited by a top American company and believe me, we do earn a decent salary!

Hello everybody!I'm a guy from Italy, i speak also French and English, but not Polish. I would like to know if it's possible to find a work in Poland even without speaking Polish.

It is not. specially if you will be in Krakow. Many companies are looking for native European language speakers plus English- which you have. Although, you might panic that many of the 'recruitment officers, area managers' are crap with poor management skills as most of them have been studying in Polish universities which are not so good in Business admin or mgt; so might be you will feel sick sometimes if you have been working with British, American, Indian or German managers or something.

However, i can assure you that you will get something.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
8 Aug 2013 #33
bullo*ks.... I dont speak any polish nor my mates from different countries- (Italy, Spain, Columbia, Mauritius, Holland...) 70% of us didn't even had any work experience in what we do now. But, we were still recruited by a top American company and believe me, we do earn a decent salary!

So they hired you into an IT role or other role where 70% of you didn't have any experience and paid you a very decent salary despite not speaking Polish?

What was the reason you were all chosen over other locals who speak Polish? Your native tongue language skills, eg English, Spanish, Dutch?
Because I don't understand why they'd pay more to foreigners otherwise.
In Wrocław or a small city/town?

I hope you don't take offense at my questioning -- none intended.

So, if someone cannot find work, i wonder, what is their excuse. Just start applying to anything you can find.

So these Polish people I meet in Wroc who have a uni degree but can't find any work other than in a shop or selling strawberries, just need to be more persistent, Poland's booming, right? Recession risks have evaporated, all's great, jobs galore? No need for Poles to emigrate to the UK, Germany, Eire etc? Is that what you're saying?

In Krakow there are hundreds of foreign programmers with pretty good salaries.

So it IS a specialised role, such as programming. Well, I'm talking about for the rest of us, who aren't computer nerd types ;o)
local_fela 17 | 172
8 Aug 2013 #34
I hope you don't take offense at my questioning -- none intended.

None taken. I am just telling you the truth mate. :) there might be some stuff you are unaware about....
Wulkan - | 3,243
8 Aug 2013 #35
if you have been working with British, American, Indian or German managers or something.

It's really laughable how he is mentioning India next to countries like Germany, UK and USA and talking down on Poland at the same time ;-)
ufo973 10 | 89
8 Aug 2013 #36
Working in Poland while speaking Polish is almost impossible and yet you want to find it without speaking Polish lol
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
9 Aug 2013 #37
None taken. I am just telling you the truth mate. :) there might be some stuff you are unaware about....

There must be! I think I can guess what you might be driving at but then again I might be wrong, so I won't say, especially in case it causes any forum friction. ;o)

Thanks for the tip, if I'm reading between the lines correctly.

Working in Poland while speaking Polish is almost impossible and yet you want to find it without speaking Polish lol

Well yes, that's what I have heard from Poles here, many of whom seem to have an education that puts mine to shame.
That said, Wrocław is absolutely buzzing right now, the malls are full to bursting. Tourists or after-work Poles, I know not. But jammed full like Xmas.
poland_
9 Aug 2013 #38
Well yes, that's what I have heard from Poles here, many of whom seem to have an education that puts mine to shame

Mate, one thing International employers judge personality over academics, if you are a people person you will excel.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
9 Aug 2013 #39
I think I can be a people person, I'm not everyone's cuppa of course, I get bad days as well as motivated and energetic, optimistic days. I've been encouraged by Local Fela and you to maybe take a look at the jobs market if need be in a few months and not write myself off too quickly. I'm honestly expecting nothing, so even a temp post of a month would be a bonus if it comes along.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
9 Aug 2013 #40
But, we were still recruited by a top American company and beleive me, we do earn a decent salary!

From what you've been saying on here, you're earning a pretty crap salary by Polish standards.
local_fela 17 | 172
9 Aug 2013 #41
If you say so... But I am pretty about it. I've been earning in GBP before you know, so I can compare what is 'decent' leaving. FYI, my polish colleagues think its a good pay we receive- so its not only me who is saying.

Thanks for the tip, if I'm reading between the lines correctly.

not a problem Wroc, if you want to get a clearer pic, let me know.

It's really laguhable how he is mentioning India next to countries like Germany, UK and USA and talking down on Poland at the same time ;-)

Because of the management skills and all that!
Wulkan - | 3,243
9 Aug 2013 #42
Indians are no where near to the Germany, UK, USA at the management skills, they are in fact even behind Polish, what kind of world you live in?
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
10 Aug 2013 #43
Wulkan, how are you measuring "management skills" and why do you contend India (singular in English!) lags far behind Germany, The States and Poland? On which criteria do you base your assertions?
Wulkan - | 3,243
10 Aug 2013 #44
ask local fela how he measured this

'recruitment officers, area managers' are crap with poor management skills as most of them have been studying in Polish universities which are not so good in Business admin or mgt; so might be you will feel sick sometimes if you have been working with British, American, Indian or German managers or something.

Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
10 Aug 2013 #45
local fella, curious as to your standards for judging the management skills of those from India. From which country do your hail, by the way?
Wulkan - | 3,243
10 Aug 2013 #46
isn't it clear that he's from India? xDDD
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
10 Aug 2013 #47
It wasn't apparent to me at first, only that the person is clearly a foreigner.
franciscodomi - | 1
25 Mar 2015 #48
Merged: WORK IN POLAND

Hey

I live in Spain and i am civil engineer. I would like to go to Poland in summer for 2 or 3 months. I am wondering if I could get a job in a bar or a shop without speaking Polish. Is it possible to be hired only speaking English?

Thanks
egbert88
25 Mar 2015 #49
You'd only have a chance at a Spanish restaurant, bar or cafe where your Spanish would be an asset. Most Polish students and graduates speak English. However give it a go you never know. You would have to front up to the place as it would be very hard to get work organised remotely.
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #50
I live in Spain and i am civil engineer. I would like to go to Poland in summer for 2 or 3 months. I am wondering if I could get a job in a bar or a shop without speaking Polish. Is it possible to be hired only speaking English?

Pretty much no chance. So improbable that it's not even worth the time thinking about. Make other plans instead of wasting your time with this.
JollyRomek 7 | 481
25 Mar 2015 #51
Pretty much no chance.

Why would you say that? There are plenty of Irish Pubs hiring people that do not speak Polish.
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #52
Why would you say that?

There are gazillions of Poles who speak English just fine and would be willing to take those (precious few) jobs. And A LOT of them have experience as in bartending. What possible reason could anyone have to hire a Spaniard, of all things, to work in a pub in Poland?

plenty of Irish Pubs

Two dozen in the entire country. Three, tops. Four if you count all British puns in, too. You have a bizarre conception of "plenty".
JollyRomek 7 | 481
25 Mar 2015 #53
What possible reason could anyone have to hire a Spaniard,

Never been to an Irish Bar in Poland? You will find that the people who frequent those bars, particularly the ones who come for one weekend, would find it more interesting to talk to someone from abroad, just like they are. There is a good chance that they have been to Spain, stories can be exchanged which will pro-long their stay and increase the amount of piwo sold. Also, by employing a non local who only plans to stay for three months, you will most likely not run into an personnel related issues at the end of the 3 months term. If i was a pub landlord in Krakow, I would welcome someone who has no expectations after the three months high season.

You have a bizarre conception of "plenty".

Yes, plenty. Do you even know the Polish bar scene?

Btw. for quite a period of time, Irish Mbassy in Krakow had a Canadian girl as manager. According to your theory, there would have no chance at all of a foreigner with no or hardly any Polish even managing a bar.
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #54
If i was a pub landlord in Krakow, I would welcome someone who has no expectations after the three months high season.

There are a gazillion of them within walking distance. There are even scads of British and Irish slackers to choose from right on the doorstep. What possible reason would you have for hiring an apparently inexperienced Spaniard that is on the other side of the continent?

Get real. There is enormous competition for summer jobs in Poland. Advising the OP to come to Poland in search of summer employment is either plain stupid, or plain cruel. There are MUCH better opportunities elsewhere, and the OP would be wasting his time even thinking about Poland.
JollyRomek 7 | 481
25 Mar 2015 #55
apparently inexperienced Spaniard

He has never said anything about his experience. Where do you get the "inexperienced" from?

Advising the OP to come to Poland in search of summer employment

I would not advise him to do it. But i would also not advise him not to do it. However, your statement -

Pretty much no chance.

- is simply incorrect.
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #56
He has never said anything about his experience.

Exactly. Which means, by default, that he has none. But even if he did, his chances of finding summer work in Poland would be exceedingly remote.

However, your statement -
"Pretty much no chance".
- is simply incorrect.

Nope. It's spot on. With precious few exceptions, and this is not even close to being one, anyone coming to Poland to find work ought to have their head examined. There is precious little to be had, wages are low for what few jobs exist, and there are MUCH better opportunities elsewhere. Poland is a country that exports unskilled labor, not the other way around.
JollyRomek 7 | 481
25 Mar 2015 #57
Exactly. Which means, by default, that he has none.

That is nonsense. Just because he does not share his experience here on a public forum means he has none?

All of your last posts in this thread are based on assumptions.
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #58
Of course, silly boy. On the very, very safe assumption that the OP has little or nothing to offer on the Polish job market that doesn't exist there in overwhelming abundance already. The burden is on you to prove me wrong, not the other way around.

And yours seem to be based on lucky, but highly improbable, exceptional cases and on the extremely delusional belief that Poland as a whole resembles the tourist centers of Warsaw or Kraków. You could count the Irish bars outside of Warsaw and Kraków on one hand, two at the most and still have a plenty left over to pick your nose.

Bottom line still is that the OP is totally wasting his time even thinking about finding summer employment in Poland. It just ain't gonna happen.
JollyRomek 7 | 481
25 Mar 2015 #59
silly boy.

Great way of leading a conversation.

The burden is on you to prove me wrong

I don't have to prove anything to you. You have given your opinion. I have given you mine. With the exception that I have actually given you some examples. Something you have failed to do. You have just assumed that the OP has no experience although he never mentioned anything about it.

In any case, it is clear that you prefer to paint a negative picture rather than look at reality. I have given you the example of the Canadian girl managing the Irish Mbassy in Krakow. You did not even acknowledge that example.

Anyway, after -

silly boy.

- Discussion over. Good Luck!
Lyzko 33 | 7,988
25 Mar 2015 #60
As a manager here in the States, I would simple NEVER hire someone who didn't speak English fluently, with as little intrusive first-language interference as humanly possible! Polish is a "hard" language??? Well, so is English. Therefore, JUST DEAL WITH IT!


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