WITH around 300,000 French people living and working in the UK a book has been written offering advice on making the most of a move from France.
Enfin un Boulot! (At Last a Job) is written by Frenchman Vladimir Cordier, 30, who left Normandy to find work in London and firmly believes his peers should do the same.
Vladimir, who is an economics graduate and now earns between £40,000 and £50,000 a year as a project manager, published the book himself and it tells of how he broke out of the struggling French employment market.
After spending a number of years in university he realised that that there were few opportunities open to him, with one of his professors even saying that there were no jobs.
His decision to head to London was a simple one – there was more work available.
“There was a much better employment market in the UK than in France, and this hasn't changed,” Vladimir Cordier said.
And his advice to fellow French people should they want to find work in London is to have some savings behind them and not take the first job available, but think that working in an office will look better on a CV.
But Vladimir’s most valuable advice is perfect for both Brits moving to France and French people heading across the Channel.
“The golden rule is master the French language and mingle with the locals if you want to be accepted,” he said. “And the same rule applies for French people coming over to the UK, whether it is to work or to just live here.”