Monday, December 04, 2006


I found a super good course with the Chamber of Commerce in Nantes. It's in the field of International Business (Export). From their site, I'm qualified for this course, and it's remunerated, which means I might be able to have the class for free. One of the requirements is to be able to speak English and a second language. I thought Chinese will do. This course is interesting because the students will have 3 weeks of courses in the center, then 2 weeks of practical training in a company. Every 3 months they will have a mission in a company. By the end of this course, the students will have the theorical and practical part cover.

Last Friday I went to get more information, and realised that they added more requirements, which are different from what I saw in the website. Basically, the applicant needs to have worked at least 3 months in France. Too bad, but then I thought that I can try to argue about this. The person in charged had left work at 5pm, and I was told to come back Monday at 5pm.

So today, I went, and the person in charge refused to see me. The receptionist was on phone with her, and I was told that I need to have an appointment. Worst, second language for them mean either Spanish or German. The receptionist said that I shouldn't even try since I don't speak neither Spanish nor German.

It's a very discouraging country. No matter how many languages I speak, it's still not good enough for them. They really try to make my life miserable. With the boombing business relationship with Asia especially China, Why can't they accept someone who speak Chinese to do this course?


  1. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Hi Bee,

    I would like to wish you happy Bday. I'm reading your blog for some time and feel sorry for you especially because of your job hunting struggles. Have you and Fabien ever considered moving or working in Switzerland that is just next door? I think that you might both easily find a job in Geneva that is big center of IT and international organizations/business that might find your language skills and business background very interesting (banks like HSBC etc.) You can find many jobs that even require english as a working language - especially in international organizations such as United Nations etc. EU citizens (and their dependents) will be allowed to work in Switzerland after May 2007 without any restrictions. You can still live in France (on the border) and commute to Switzerland everyday (many french people that work in Switzerland do it in this way). I'm thinking about moving there myself so just sending a hint as it might make life easier and brighter for both of you :o)

    Best regards from NZ and hope to see you both in Europe soon.


  2. Thanks Jirka. How are you doing?

    At this point Fabien doesn't want to leave this region. He loves Brittany. He's thinking of settling down and buy an apartment. He doesn't know France is so hard for me, but at the same time it's hard for him to leave bcos he has his family here and he doesn't face the problems I faced.