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Internship in Poland (if you don't speak Polish)

pitamupau Threads: 1
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  ♂   Nov 14, 2010, 03:16pm  #1

Hey,

I am studying in a Tourism School in Portugal, and I'm in the last year of a degree in Food Production, which means I can work in Product Development, Industrial Kitchen Installation and as a cook/pastry cook.

I've already been 2 months in France taking a course there in French Pastry and last summer I was in Crete for an internship, and I am thinking about going to Poland this next summer, maybe in Gdansk or Poznan. So any thoughts on places besides the usual hotel and stuff? Any of you work in the same area and can give me some help?
So I would also like to know if it's difficult for someone to get a job there after an internship, if you don't speak the language... I've been in Poland once, and it was just for a week (in Poznan).
So if anyone was in a similar position I would like to know their experience and all that, mainly about job finding, if it's difficult, if they pay well and whatnot.

Thanks m8s

delphiandomine Threads: 51
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  ♂  :-( Nov 14, 2010, 03:30pm  #2

pitamupau:
So if anyone was in a similar position I would like to know their experience and all that, mainly about job finding, if it's difficult, if they pay well and whatnot.


To be blunt - you've got between little and no chance. You don't speak the language, you aren't a chef with a shitload of experience - really, why would they hire you over a Polish national? There's over 10% unemployment officially in Poland - really, this isn't the place to come if you're just starting out as a chef.

If you want an internship, then I know someone who might be willing to let you work there for free in Poznan.

pitamupau Threads: 1
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  ♂   Nov 14, 2010, 03:42pm  #3

delphiandomine:
really, why would they hire you over a Polish national?


maybe bc even as I'm finishing now I already have some curriculum, bc I come from a completely different gastronomical culture (ie Mediterranean) that can bring something different?
Isn't that a plus? :P
damn.. :( at least I tried hehehe

delphiandomine:
If you want an internship, then I know someone who might be willing to let you work there for free in Poznan.


Even in Greece, and they have hit the bottom, they paid me 450€ per month as a trainee and they invited me to stay there...so it makes me sad to hear that..Yeah for free I could work no prob, the thing is after that...as I would like to stay in Poland for a couple of years, to learn a lot from it's food culture, as it's completely different from mine.

delphiandomine Threads: 51
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  ♂  :-( Nov 14, 2010, 04:02pm  #4

pitamupau:
maybe bc even as I'm finishing now I already have some curriculum, bc I come from a completely different gastronomical culture (ie Mediterranean) that can bring something different?


But you don't have the experience, nor the language skills. Education counts for nothing really - it's more about the experience and what you can do. If you had 10 years experience in high end kitchens - then maybe. But a graduate of some food "university"? No way.

pitamupau:
Even in Greece, and they have hit the bottom, they paid me 450€ per month as a trainee and they invited me to stay there...so it makes me sad to hear that..Yeah for free I could work no prob, the thing is after that...as I would like to stay in Poland for a couple of years, to learn a lot from it's food culture, as it's completely different from mine.


Well, if you come here, work for free and get a foot in the door, you might find someone willing to take a risk and hire you. But I cannot see how you could get yourself hired without being in the country and with proof that you can handle a kitchen.

Bear in mind that even if you did get hired as a first level chef, you'd be looking at no more than 300 euro a month, without accomodation.

pitamupau Threads: 1
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  ♂   Nov 14, 2010, 05:44pm  #5

delphiandomine:
But you don't have the experience, nor the language skills. Education counts for nothing really - it's more about the experience and what you can do.


Wait... First of all I'm not looking for a Job as a chef, just an internship... And for sure being a chef without experience doesn't even make sense. Then depending on how it goes I would like to stay, that's why I asked how were job prospects in Poland in the Hospitality Area.
And education does count! Especially a degree, depending on what you do. But you say:

delphiandomine:
But a graduate of some food "university"? No way.


It is actually a degree and my school belongs to the administrative boards in the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training. We have degrees in Hotel Management, Food Production, Tourism Management, etc. So it's not some crappy school that pretends it gives higher education to its students. I already told that my degree is not learning how to cook, but about Food and Beverage Management, HACCP control as well as Food Production Areas Planning and Installation.
Anyway,

delphiandomine:
If you had 10 years experience in high end kitchens - then maybe.


What? Then maybe?
Sorry, but I find that extremely unlikely, if we were talking about France I would believe in you, but Poland doesn't even have a Michelin starred restaurant and you tell me that only chefs from high end kitchens can get a job as a cook in Poland?!? Please...

Maybe I didn't explain myself correctly...
I want to find an internship in Poland... do you think it's easy enough or not? And besides that, how is the job market in Poland? Is it difficult do get a job? As I know there is a crisis going on in all over the world and I would like to know how it is affecting Poland.

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  ♂   Nov 11, 2011, 03:21pm  #6

Merged: Internship in Poland (Software Engineering)

Hello guys,
This is my first post here but been here several times before i start an account.
Anyways, I am a software engineering student in Tunisia and I am looking for a (preferably payed) internship in Warsaw next summer. In fact, I was close to get an internship through AIESEC in Szeczin but i had a problem with the local committee. Does anybody know how to proceed, which companies I must contact etc. I must have an internship in order to strengthen my CV and have a good work experience with people of different backgrounds.
Thanks a bunch guys

furkan Threads: -
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  ♂   Jan 30, 2014, 08:56pm  #7

I am Computer Engineering student in Turkey . I went Warszawa by erasmus and I wanna back there .) I am looking for an Internship in Poland(I will come by Erasmus Internship for 3 months) . I know Android Java C C# .I will take database lesson before my intern . I know Polish Beginner Degree I have a certicate from PW. I wanna back Poland Especially Warsaw Soooooooooo MMMUUUUUCCCCCHHHHHHHH :(

Snowflake Threads: 1
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  ♀   Jan 30, 2014, 10:40pm  #8

delphiandomine:
Bear in mind that even if you did get hired as a first level chef, you'd be looking at no more than 300 euro a month, without accomodation.


Yes it's true. Don't expect more than 350e . It's max You can earn at beginning.

furkan Threads: -
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  ♂   Jan 31, 2014, 07:48am  #9

I am Computer Engineering student in Turkey . I came Warszawa by erasmus and I wanna back there .) I am looking for an Internship in Poland(I will come by Erasmus Internship for 3 months) . I know Android Java C C# .I will take database lesson before my intern . I know Polish Beginner Degree I have a certicate from PW. I wanna back Poland Especially Warsaw Soooooooooo MMMUUUUUCCCCCHHHHHHHH :( So how may I back anyone say me some polish career websites? I sent maybe 15 CV to companies but ı wanna send more :S

jon357 Threads: 27
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  ♂   Jan 31, 2014, 08:25am  #10

furkan:
I sent maybe 15 CV to companies but ı wanna send more :S

You shouldn't expect a reply if you don't speak Polish. There's a population spike of young people in Poland, many of whom have a reasonable college education and chasing work experience. And of course they do speak the language.

Monitor Threads: 16
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  ♂   Jan 31, 2014, 09:32am  #11

jon357:
You shouldn't expect a reply if you don't speak Polish. There's a population spike of young people in Poland, many of whom have a reasonable college education and chasing work experience. And of course they do speak the language.


That's not really true about IT. But you are graduate, so you just "know" some technologies, but don't have experience. Work for at least 1 year in Turkey for some company in Android or Java, then you will have much bigger chances, that some company will do hassle of asking for visa for you. And when you apply for a job don't write "I know Android Java C C#", but "I have x years experience with ..." or "I know theory of ..." or "I did one project in", otherwise it doesn't sound serious.

furkan Threads: -
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  ♂   Feb 5, 2014, 05:39pm  #12

I am Computer Engineering student in Turkey . I came Warszawa by erasmus and I wanna back there .) I am looking for an Internship in Poland(I will come by Erasmus Internship for 3 months) . I know Android Java C C# .I will take database lesson before my intern . I know Polish Beginner Degree I have a certicate from PW. I wanna back Poland Especially Warsaw Soooooooooo MMMUUUUUCCCCCHHHHHHHH :( So how may I back anyone say me some polish career websites? I sent maybe 15 CV to companies but ı wanna send more :S


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