Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Breaking News

Folks this just in, my FACC visa application has been officially approved. This means that very soon I'll be able to answer the age old question "when do you start working?" It gets pretty exhausting doing the typical French shoulder shrug and saying "I don't know." If all goes according to plan I'll be able to start sometime around the second week of July.

So how did I get here? Well back in November (yes you read correctly) after seeing a posting on the internet I applied for the job on a whim. Several weeks later in mid December I heard back from the company and had a phone screen. The woman on the phone wasn't so sure about me because my background didn't fit in exactly with what they looking for but they were interested in seeing a diverse selection of candidates so she would forward my resume along. After several rounds of interviews I was officially offered the position in February. I was thrilled and excited about the prospect of staying and working in Paris but it meant that I would have to potentially quit my teaching job early and I just couldn't do that to my students. At the time I also wasn't thrilled with the salary. Also, I wasn't satisfied with the salary offered (in retrospect the salary is very close to being on par with what I was earning in the US and one can say that the benefits are better). So in February I foolishly turned down the position.

Fast forward to April and my continuing search for a job in Paris. I wasn't getting anywhere and I noticed that the job offered to me by the company was still posted on the internet. At the encouragement of my friend and with my tail between my legs I emailed the company and said that I was willing to accept the position if they were still willing to hire me and as they say the rest is history.

My visa is being sponsored by the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) which has an International Career Development Program. The program has a bilateral agreement that sponsors highly skilled young people, ages 18 to 35 for their visas. Their requirements are not very stringent but as an American you would have to find the job opportunity on your own and then FACC works to get you sponsored and all of your paperwork in order. The only downside is that you are only sponsored to work in France for up to 18 months total. The FACC paperwork process is said to take between 4-5 weeks (my visa was processed in just under 4 weeks).

So what's the moral of this very long post? I'd like to think that the moral of the story is to stay positive and don't always listen to the naysayers because anything is possible.

Edit: And it doesn't hurt to have a little bit of luck on your side.


Leesa said...

FELICITATIONS!! I am soo happy it all worked out! And, you still have some time off ... we can hang out and go to the movies til you start back to work... hehehhe... I am going to stage something for Tuesday at Aimee's Salon de The' if you'd like to join us.. Leese

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

Thanks a bunch Leesa. I feel like I can almost finally exhale and what a good feeling that is.

Also thanks for always being so positive, kind and generous. I had a great time in the park yesterday.

barbara said...

Hi Jasmin,
We met in the parc de Sceaux yesterday. It was nice meeting you :)
Congratulations ! That is wonderful news. You will be able to stay on in France and gain more experience in teaching. I used to teach in Uni a long time ago as a TA.
Oooh; Tuesday at a Salon de Thé. Sounds yummy. Me too, Leesa !

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

Hi Barbara it was great meeting you too the other day in the parc de Seaux. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I saw your photos from the other day and they came out really nice.