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Old 11-29-2008, 11:50 PM
 
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Any jobs dealing with french relations in Chicago, I know there is the embassy...but could be hard... me and my girlfriend will probably move there eventually... But hoping they would have some jobs like this as she is a french and francophone studies major.

Also will eventually be looking to get into academia in Chicago... as a university teacher, how competitive is it there?
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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There's a French school on the North Side called the Lycee Francais (or something like that). It's at Irving Park Road and Lake Shore Drive. It's a French Immersion school, and I think it goes all the way up through High School, but I'm not certain.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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McDonald's is always hiring.

With any luck, they'll put her in charge of French Fries!

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Old 11-30-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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While prairestate is joking, the truth is that jobs that pay enough to live on in the academic world of Chicago's broad region are depressingly small -- there are LOTS more people with the credentials to hold higher education posts than there are positions! The top schools with national reputations offer good compensation to their tenure-track faculty, but at the smaller schools and those with mere "lecturer" status work very hard to make a living...

Merely being fluent in French is not a skill that by itself gives one many career paths -- frankly even for those who are well trained classroom teachers the competition to land a job teaching French at a well regarded Chicago area high school is very stiff.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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You make some good points, though I didn't have any deeper meaning behind my post. I was just trying to make a stupid joke.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:48 PM
 
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While prairestate is joking, the truth is that jobs that pay enough to live on in the academic world of Chicago's broad region are depressingly small -- there are LOTS more people with the credentials to hold higher education posts than there are positions! The top schools with national reputations offer good compensation to their tenure-track faculty, but at the smaller schools and those with mere "lecturer" status work very hard to make a living...

Merely being fluent in French is not a skill that by itself gives one many career paths -- frankly even for those who are well trained classroom teachers the competition to land a job teaching French at a well regarded Chicago area high school is very stiff.

MMmm...

Let me clarify a bit, but thanks for the information.

My gf wouldn't be teaching just a job in french...yes I know, weird major but she wants to do it... I am trying to force her to at least get a minor in business...

Myself I will be coming out of a major uni with phd in philosophy (political theory)

I would like to live in Chicago if at all applicable... definitely going to have to start sending stuff early :P

I actually wouldn't mind being a "lecturer" if I also had another stable job at an NGO or GO there.

I guess I just figured in such a big city there would be stuff... oh well guess I could always go back into IT
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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Traditionally there have been some French based firms with offices in Chicago due to the prominence of the Chicago Exchanges. Soc Gen, Credit Agricole have had decent Forex operations...

The staffing of these office is largely done with folks FROM PARIS who, thanks to the tiered education system in France, have no special need to higher people fluent in French, as they're all more than competent in English. If they need to hire locally the fluency in French is a very minor 'plus'...

The other difficulty, of course is the GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN, so jobs in financial sector are a bit tight

If you are still in school now is the time to build the connections to Chicago. I would be surprised if you don't have some profs with times to Chicago area universities. Now is the time to shamelessly beg to take advantage of those.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:25 PM
 
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Traditionally there have been some French based firms with offices in Chicago due to the prominence of the Chicago Exchanges. Soc Gen, Credit Agricole have had decent Forex operations...

The staffing of these office is largely done with folks FROM PARIS who, thanks to the tiered education system in France, have no special need to higher people fluent in French, as they're all more than competent in English. If they need to hire locally the fluency in French is a very minor 'plus'...

The other difficulty, of course is the GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN, so jobs in financial sector are a bit tight

If you are still in school now is the time to build the connections to Chicago. I would be surprised if you don't have some profs with times to Chicago area universities. Now is the time to shamelessly beg to take advantage of those.
Yeah I am actually just going to grad school, left Chicago in June working for about 6 years after finishing undergrad in 2002. So I'll have 5 years to work on it
I think it would all suck if I ended up in some small podunk town!
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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There are french jobs in Chicago, not necesarily super awesome paying jobs, but still interesting jobs speaking french. RailEurope is based in Rosemont and is always interested french-speakers to sell train tickets to Québecois clients. Lots of companies that deal with Canada are required or prefer to hire people who speak french. Look at major search engines for jobs and every now and then, something interesting comes up. Or do IT ;}
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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Femobuns. I think you may not have noticed that the question was posted back in 2008.
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