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My girlfriend and I are looking to move to Barcelona within the next year and I'm trying to find some advice on how exactly to best go about pursuing this course.

Basic information: I'm 28 years old, American, and I've been living in Russia for more than 3 years as an English teacher. She's 24, Russian, and is also an English teacher, though she holds a University qualification but no TEFL certification. Neither of us speaks Spanish very well, but it's something we're currently working on.

She's okay continuing to teach, but she's wanting something with a flexible schedule similar to the way she works now, mostly teaching private students.

As for me, I'm open to continuing to teach English for some time, but I'm ultimately looking to change career fields as I've learned in recent months that teaching isn't something I see myself doing for the rest of my life. I'm interested in changing to the field of civil engineering, and as I understand it's possible to get started in this field without qualification, though I'm currently pursuing an online degree.

I have confidence she'll not have any troubles finding work, but if anyone could give some advice about either her situation or my own, which I'm a bit more worried about. Does anyone know of any civil engeering companies in Barcelona that might take on employees just getting started in the field?

Thanks a ton in advance!
 

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I can't respond to most of your points but do have one bit of advice. Having lived and worked abroad for several years I have seen some people lose jobs they were initially offered after the company has inspected their qualifications. If you are doing an online degree it's very important that you check that the organisation you are studying with is recognised by the profession and countries you want to work in.

If I was setting out to study with the goal of entering a profession I would first get in touch with the professional societies in every country I might one day want to work in, and see what they say about qualifications.

Maybe you have it covered, but if not, it's something to think about.
 

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Thanks for your response Horlics. That's why I'm hoping to find out about some of the companies in the region so I can get in contact with them and see in what way I might best be able to get my foot in the door. I've been doing some general searches online, and I continue to do so now, but always best to get advice from people already on the ground in my experience) At best you can get the information you're looking for or at least get a pointer in the right direction, and the worst case scenario you don't, so no big loss :p
 

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Unless you and your girlfriend hold EU passports you have virtually no chance of getting jobs teaching English in Spain. Non-EU citizens need a work visa in order to come and work here, and that's only granted if the employer can demonstrate that the job can't be done by an EU citizen. You have many many qualified EU English speakers in line ahead of you for any job there might be.

And I don't know where you've heard that you can work in civil engineering without qualifications, but I'm afraid that in Spain that wouldn't be the case. With unemployement at 24% here there are plenty of degree holding civil engineers who would snap up any job opening.

Sorry to bring such bad news...maybe have a look at other EU countries.
 

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Thanks for your response Horlics. That's why I'm hoping to find out about some of the companies in the region so I can get in contact with them and see in what way I might best be able to get my foot in the door. I've been doing some general searches online, and I continue to do so now, but always best to get advice from people already on the ground in my experience) At best you can get the information you're looking for or at least get a pointer in the right direction, and the worst case scenario you don't, so no big loss :p
Talking to companies is fine, looking for a foot in the door is fine, but if you are embarking on spending 3 or more years doing an online degree it's the professional associations you should be talking to. Just reiterating.

Good luck.
 
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