What if you make your holiday destination your place of work?
Prague offers great jobs for university graduates and language talents
Finding a job can be difficult nowadays and even when you have one, it is not easy to balance work, friends, children and family. Thinking about going on holiday may be difficult because at the end of the month your salary is already gone up in smoke.
Why don’t you reverse the problem and make your holiday destination the same as your place of work?
Prague has a lot to offer people and above all a lot of work opportunities. Indeed, the unemployment rate in Czech Republic is the lowest in the European Union according to Eurostat, and Prague in particular is lower than the rest of the country.
Many jobs are available for English speakers in fields like IT, shared service centers and language teaching.
If you have skills in these areas, you have good chances of finding a job in Prague. There are also jobs in many other areas, as well.
Moreover, you will have good opportunities to develop your career more quickly and easily.
You will also enjoy a high quality of life in Prague. While your salary will probably be lower than if you were in London, Berlin or Paris, you will have better conditions of living thanks to the low cost of living. Prague is often ranked among the Top 10 cities to see in Europe, and one of the safest.
Indeed, working in Prague allows you to have lunch at the restaurant every day, for example ,which is unthinkable in Germany, in England or in any other capital.
As an indication, the budget for the food in Prague is less than half what you would spend in Paris. In other words, with the money you would spend to have a beer or two in Paris with your friends would pay for a meal in a restaurant.
International cuisine has also become quite popular, with Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian and Vietnamese food available across the city. There are also some highly rated top restaurants in the city offering world-class high cuisine,
Having a beer after work in Prague is a tradition and you won’t be restricted by money anymore. The city is filled with pubs that have outdoor seating in the summer. Beer is quite inexpensive and many small restaurants make their own.
Public transportation also offers a great savings, and it is easy to live in the city without a car. Monthly and yearly transportation passes let you ride trams, subways and buses interchangeably as many times a day as you want. It is also very inexpensive, about 73 percent less expensive than in London for instance. A yearly pass comes out to about two-fifths of a euro per day.
But it is also easy and pleasant. With bus, tram and subway services, you can cross Prague in one hour at the most. No more intolerable rush hour. It is also easy to get to nearby towns on the weekends for a day trip.
Prague is also a pleasant place to live and work thanks to the numerous green spaces that it offers. You will not feel overwhelmed because of the pollution nor under pressure because of the stress of the city. Every neighborhood has some small parks, and the city has several larger ones that offer biking, swimming and hiking., among other diversions.
That also makes Prague a good place to raise children. Along with parks and playgrounds, there are international schools that teach not only in English but in German, French, Russian and other languages.
Are you tempted but something is still holding you back? Are you afraid of feeling alone and being surrounding by people speaking in Czech and eating dumplings?
Then don’t worry, you will definitely not be the only expatriate in Prague. In the Czech Republic one inhabitant out of 25 is a foreigner. In Prague, you can hear a variety of languages on the street every day, and even outside of the center you can find menus in English and shop assistants who speak English.
The expatriate community is really strong in Prague, reaching some 166,000 foreigners. Nearly 4,000 of them come from the United States and more than 30,000 from the UK. The French community is also significant, representing 3,025 people according to recent statistics. Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are also well-represented.
Social media groups and other outlets dedicated to foreigners in Prague offer help with everything from finding an apartment to finding a good mobile phone service.
Moreover, Prague is a very central and modern city. You can quickly be in Berlin, Vienna or Budapest. Prague is in the very center of Europe, what enables its citizens to be connected very easily with the rest of the continent.
So make your move, you will not regret it!
This article is the first of a series written in cooperation with Dorset Recruitment.
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