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Old 09-19-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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My aunt is in her early 60s and not working. She was a French teacher back home in her country. When she first moved to the United States, she was lucky to find work at a small day care center for a few years. She then left to care for her mother who was very ill and she got paid by the state. Her mother passed away almost 2 years ago and she has been unemployed ever since. She needs a form of income and she asked me to help her find a job. She's taking classes at a community college for early childhood education. I've tried to get her a job at day care centers with no luck. I've also tried to get her a job as a home health aide but many of the job locations seem to require someone who drives and she does not drive. I've tried food worker jobs at schools, hotel jobs for her but no luck. Any ideas on what else I can find for her? I think it's even harder because she speaks bad English and she is virtually computer illiterate. Is there any hope of ever finding her a job?
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:37 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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housekeeper?
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Noblesville, IN
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We had a Cuban lady (not excellent English at all) clean our office awhile back...she came in after hours. We were a smaller office then but she did several of those in an evening...she really took care of us actually. She didn't have to take coffee cups to the sink but like I said, she really took care of us. Anyway, that was an option...good luck.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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What about teaching French in the meantime?

English is my first language but I live somewhere where English is not the main language. I have been able to find work as a private tutor, and people are always willing to hire housekeepers with a language barrier too. What about as a private care worker? She has experience for that now. You said she taught from in "her country", is she francophone? Does she speak other languages?

It may be worth it for her to try and find placement in an ESL class as well. Good luck to her, it is quite hard. Fast food jobs are hard, people speak very fast and have little patience with you.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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She was a French teacher back home in her country.
Who (what language) was she teaching French to?
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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It might be worth it to upgrade computer skills as there is actually a decent demand for online French teachers who are qualified.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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French tutor, after-school monitor (as long as she knows basic English to communicate "don't," "stop," "look," etc.), domestic work
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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I would advertise her as a nanny who speaks French. If she's lucky she can find a family that travels there often where she would be a plus.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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As others have said... try to use the language to her advantage.
A French pastry shop or fancy restaurant might be good too.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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Here are some ideas:

Pet sitter/ House sitter

Babysitting

French tutor
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