I had a bit of a setback on Monday. I prepared a job application for a very promising sounding job, very carefully. I received an answer within 5 minutes of sending it, asking if I could get a “convention de stage” – a contract for an internship. I did a bit of research with this term and realised that it’s impossible to do an internship in France unless you are enrolled as a student in a university or similar.
I feel a bit dumb, because I missed that fact. I did some research on internships when I decided that this would be my fallback option, should I not find work soon-ish. I figured with my very limited French, internships would be easier to come by. But I completely missed the “convention de stage”. And I don’t even think it’s a bad idea – having a law prohibiting hiring graduates for internships makes sense, I think. I spent the week feeling sorry for myself. Plan B fell through, so I have to go with plan A and find real work!
I’m recovered from my bout of self pity and started applying for various jobs (thanks for the pep talk, Ulli), some even in French. And I finally looked up french courses in Palaiseau and found Dire Lire (caution, ugly ugly website). It’s the Association d’aide à l’apprentissage du français. It appears to be run by nice elderly ladies. I suspect it’s the same kind of retired teachers who teach German to Syrians in Austria). At least that was my impression when I showed up there today to be evaluated for my level of French. I got signed up for 3 courses: Monday, Thursday and Friday and it’s only 75 € for all three for the entire year. Only downside: they are all in the morning.
And I really need these courses, because I still freeze in terror when people speak to me unexpectedly. Two people asked my for the way today, I think. I couldn’t help either one but second person at least I offered to look the address up on Google maps.
Wall of texts are generally boring, so here are a couple of photos of Palaiseau that I took while wandering around town today.