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Working in Poland

Finding a job immediately after graduation is not easy in Polish society. Even graduates from the best universities have problems, especially in the finance, accounting and banking sector. The biggest hindrance is the language barrier. It is not a bad idea to start with a temporary job initially, get some language skills and then move on to a permanent job.

Another option for expatriates is to investigate business opportunities, and this is best done in collaboration with a Polish partner. Having a local partner makes completing necessary paperwork and obtaining the required licenses much smoother.

To arrange for a job where English is the medium of communication, the best option is to go through an international company. The one sector with plenty of jobs for native English speakers is teaching. There is a mushroom growth of English language schools across the country, and English teachers are in demand. Pay varies according to your qualifications and the standard of the school.                                                              

Summer jobs and temporary work is becoming increasingly popular way for locals and foreigners, visiting for short duration, to earn some extra cash. The wages for such jobs are lower than for similar jobs in Western countries, but it is a good way to experience life in Poland, pick up some language skills and have a fun summer. There are numerous bars, restaurants, and hotels that need staff, especially in the busy summer season. Requirement is usually for administrative staff, bartenders, cleaning staff, waiters or waitresses and shop assistants.

Citizens of EFTA and EEA member countries can work in Poland without a work permit. Poland also has an agreement with New Zealand and Canada that allows young people between the ages of 18 - 35 to live and work in Poland for one year. People from other countries will have to get work permits before they can take up any employment.

 

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