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My husband and I are looking into traveling to France later this year and are wondering what types of jobs are available for English speaking foreigners? I have a MA in Counseling and my husband has an elementary teaching certification. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless you speak French reasonably well, your chances for finding employment at a level that would get you a visa are pretty much zero. The one notable exception would be if you were executives for an international company with a track record of making such transfers. But even those internal transfers are normally kept as "perks" for high ranking execs with long term experience with the company.

France has pretty high unemployment already, particularly among young people newly graduated from university or training. US teacher certification is worthless in France, except possibly at a private school that teaches to the US curriculum. There are a number of English language schools in France, but those mainly are oriented toward the British system, the International Bac (high school level only) or are French public schools that teach in English but follow the French national curriculum (and for these you need to have passed the French teaching exams).

There are a number of American psychologists who have set up practice in Paris, for English speaking expats, but it's a tough haul as you have to satisfy the French requirements for establishing a private practice. (And all of that has to be done in French.) But whether or not you could get a visa to open a counseling practice for expats is anyone's guess. Check some of the free expat newspapers (FUSAC or Paris Voice) when you're in Paris and maybe you can arrange a meet-up with one of the counselors who advertise to see what the market is like.
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You may have many qualifications in your field, but jobs in France are very very difficult to find, especially if you are not fluent in the language. Please be very careful, money is short here as everywhere,, basics are expensive, do not even think of coming here unless you have funds to see you through.

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So did you move there or not?

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You may have many qualifications in your field, but jobs in France are very very difficult to find, especially if you are not fluent in the language. Please be very careful, money is short here as everywhere,, basics are expensive, do not even think of coming here unless you have funds to see you through.
So I didn't really think this all through. Moved to France because I fell for a French partner that could speak english. I was on a working holiday in New Zealand so moving to France was a difficult thing as I didn't have anything to move but now I am here it is really hard.

It is getting really hard because after a month I am still not getting the gist of the language and can't find work (Living on a credit card now ). Maybe it was a bad idea.

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So I didn't really think this all through. Moved to France because I fell for a French partner that could speak english. I was on a working holiday in New Zealand so moving to France was a difficult thing as I didn't have anything to move but now I am here it is really hard.

It is getting really hard because after a month I am still not getting the gist of the language and can't find work (Living on a credit card now ). Maybe it was a bad idea.
Where abouts in France are you?

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Where abouts in France are you?
I am in Bordeaux. Beautiful place and a fair few english speaking people but just hard to find a job.

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So I didn't really think this all through. Moved to France because I fell for a French partner that could speak english. I was on a working holiday in New Zealand so moving to France was a difficult thing as I didn't have anything to move but now I am here it is really hard.

It is getting really hard because after a month I am still not getting the gist of the language and can't find work (Living on a credit card now ). Maybe it was a bad idea.
I feel your pain. I also moved for love to France and it is proving hard to find a job. Although my French is passable after 4 months here, it seems it's still not good enough for the type of job I'd like. I'm wishing I had prepared a bit more for the move rather than take the "she'll be right" attitude!

Still, it wasn't a bad idea, just a bit poorly executed! Lots of luck to you, I hope something comes along for you very very soon (and for me too...)

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I also moved for love to France and it is proving hard to find a job. Although my French is passable after 4 months here, it seems it's still not good enough for the type of job I'd like. I'm wishing I had prepared a bit more for the move rather than take the "she'll be right" attitude!

Still, it wasn't a bad idea, just a bit poorly executed! Lots of luck to you, I hope something comes along for you very very soon (and for me too...)

I too feel your pain. I moved to France 1yr ago for my Husband (the things we do for love eh ) and with very little (and I mean next to none) French behind me and no job it wasn't easy making the transition. Now my French has improved heaps and I'm more confident about speaking French but when I'm excited, nervous or dealing with those 'lovely' french fonctionnaires then my French is pretty much down the crappers, lol! In terms of work though that hasn't been easy at all and my current job is playing house-wife. In fact I found a job in Switzerland (although at the moment that too is up in the air thanks to Immigration but that's a whole other story...).

Anyway hang in there and I wish you all the luck in your job search and hope you find something soon too!

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Karee: I too took the "she'll be right" attitude, guess i'll be washing dishes for a while :P
at least its a change from the PC screen

French_Connection: Sucks about the job in Switzerland. Best of luck.

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