Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but The Company has asked me to keep working for them. I think they got scared when I quit and finally realized how much of an asset I am to them (=France is one of their biggest markets and as the only French speaker, they'd be screwed if I left). I agreed to, as long as I could continue on as I am now, just part-time, and not start full-time like I was supposed to on May 1. This gives me a flexible schedule for the summer & enough money to live decently off of since I have no rent to pay.

I have to say that they've been great about this whole thing, even offering to let me keep working from the US if I wanted (my dear mother was over the moon about that one). But thanks but no thanks - living in small town MN and having to live on French time would not a happy Samantha make. The last technician that was here hinted that they're working on a whole new proposal for me that would allow me to work full-time from Paris. I imagine they'll send it to me soon, but I really want to take things slow and make sure I like living here before I commit. Though I guess I'd really appreciate that full-time salary come September, when I'm going to need to start looking for a new place to live!



Blogger Astrid said...

That sounds great!

If you take on the full time job working from Paris - remember that you can always quit and do something else later. First, it's a great thing to put on your CV and when you know better where you're heading all you have to say is: Thanks and Sayonara!

Even the Company will be happy for the time you're staying there working for them. Basically by accepting you're saving them money as they don't need to look for another person, which is time consuming and costly.

June 19, 2008 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Milk Jam said...

yea!! isn't it great to have job choices?? they realized how great you are and are willing to work with you :-) so much better than trying to live in paris with no job...
good for you! :-) Living on your own terms is a wonderful thing!
i'm happy for ya!

June 19, 2008 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Pardon My French said...

Oh, Sam, I was secretly hoping for this and am so pleased!!

June 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

I hope they remembered to include a cost of living increase in their package. I think it would be worth quite a bit to them to retain a trained, skilled employee rather than attempting to find and train a new one from so far away.

June 19, 2008 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Loulou said...

How wonderful that they're willing to work with you.

June 19, 2008 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I have a CDI with them too, so it also looks really good on my citizenship application.

And Syd, I'm hoping they'll factor that in too - but I'm not 100% sure, because I'll also be costing them more money now too. In Bretagne, I had my own car, my own housing, etc, and now they are going to have to pay for my transport out there, a hotel AND a rental car - instead of just giving me gas money like they were before. We'll see though!

June 19, 2008 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yessssssssssssss!!!! what PMF said.

you so deserve it.

June 19, 2008 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

yeah sam~that's so cool! it's good to take it slow and work through your options, after all it's just the beginning of summer!

June 19, 2008 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fantastic news...everything IS working out amazingly.

June 19, 2008 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

YOo sound so calm--I would be totally freaking out! It's just so incredible when opportunities work like this--I'm so excited by how this new life of yours is going!

June 19, 2008 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

YAY!!! Congrats on the good news!! It's nice to know that you that they really depend on you to "take good care" of all the French clients.. 'cept for Mr. Meanie whom you mentioned today.. There's always one in the bunch, eh?! Nice to see you today.. It was a fun get together.. I'm going to post some pics... Take care, Leese

June 19, 2008 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I do hope it all works out for you too! It sounds like something you dont want to really pass up, as says astrid...

June 21, 2008 at 9:51 PM  

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