This moment comes sooner or later – sometimes out of necessity, sometimes because you simply want to have some extra money, so you start thinking about getting a job. How can you work as a student in Poland? In this article I’m going to share with you a few practical tips.
NO WORK PERMIT REQUIRED
Before we begin, let’s make it clear: non-EU students of full-time studies in Poland don’t need a work permit (source). What is more, you don’t need any work permit if you’ve graduated in Poland. That means that you’ll find it easier to settle in Poland, if you decide to stay here after your studies.
IS IT EASY TO FIND A PART-TIME JOB FOR EXPATS IN POLAND?
I often see questions from people who haven’t chosen where to study yet and want to know if it’s easy to find places to work as a student in Poland. Generally speaking, it’s very difficult when you don’t speak English, and it really depends on your personal skills and luck. This is why you should start getting familiar with the job market before you even come to Poland – to get a feel for your chances. Be prepared to spend many months looking for a job.
It will be much easier if you know French, German or Spanish, or if you have IT skills. It’s going to be really difficult if you don’t speak English very well.
WORK AS A STUDENT IN POLAND: THE BEST TIME TO GO TO WORK
Remember that you shouldn’t sign a contract with an employer before you obtain a residence permit for your studies. Why? Because only a student who doesn’t work is allowed to apply for a residence permit for studies. If someone is already working, they must apply for a residence permit through their work, which is worse in your situation. Therefore you should start getting familiar with the job market quite soon, but you should plan to start working about 3 months after you apply for a temporary residence permit for studies.