3 things you will want to know about working in France

France is without any question one of the most popular destinations for people who are interested in developing a career. The Hexagon is such a great place to work. Perks of working in France include holiday discounts, cuisine, great transportation, and deductions for health. The best thing you can do is move to Europe and work there. If you are genuinely interested in pursuing a career in France, there are some things you will want to know. Here are the most important particularities of working in France.


Finding work

To seek a career in the Hexagon, you first need to get a job. Sure, you a good CV to land a good position, but, most importantly, you need to have a good command of the French language. If you cannot pronounce déclarer arret 93, no one will employ you. Well, you may be able to get a job at a company that deals mostly with English speakers, yet the number of such companies is small. What you need to do is work on your French skills. You can take a crash course if you do not have a lot of time to learn the basics.

There are two main types of employment contracts in France: CDD (contrat à durée déterminé) and CDI (contrat a durée indéterminé). Obviously, the CDD is for a specific period of time. CDD contracts are drawn up for seasonal and temporary work. The CDI, on the other hand, is for an unlimited period of time and it is the most desired type of contract.

What is patron

Have you ever heard the word patron? If you are going to work in France, you have to become aware with this term. Patron is the head of a company. The patron, or the manager, is at the top of the hierarchy, being in charge with everything from the company’s financial health to the well-being of the employees. Unlike other countries France lays special emphasis is laid on education and not on experience. This means that no matter how skilled you are, you cannot do anything if you have no studies in the field. Well, you can get employed, but you will not be able to climb up the career ladder.

Meetings are like everywhere in the world, right? Wrong. In the Hexagon, business meetings can last for hours at an end. Employees spend most of their time at work held up in meetings. You may wonder what all the fuss is about. When the company has a new project, every details needs to be discussed to ensure that the result is a good one. Basically, the French want things to go perfectly and make clients happy.

Sick leave

The great thing is that you have 25 holiday days. This is a great deal considering that in the US or UK, where 20 is the minimum. But what about sick leave?  If you succumb of illness, you can stay at home until you get better. Special attention needs to be paid to the fact that you have to notify your employer of your absence and, most, importantly the CPAM. If you do not do this, you will not receive any financial compensation, that is the daily allowance.