Consultants or carpenters, bar owners or basket weavers, this is the room to discuss any aspect of expat working or business life in Cambodia; the where's, the who's and the why's.
Am getting slightly concerned about what kind of work I'm going to be able to get in PP...
My background is in financial advice but there doesn't seem to be many financial opportunities around.
Bar work sounds like I would pay more getting to work than I would actually earn...
Has anybody got any ideas of what kind of work I could get? Any kind of admin / office work would be great, but I don't have a degree and speak only really basic Khmer which both look to be prerequisites.
I'm really not fussy and any suggestions would be much appreciated.
You do seem determined to come and work in PP, Urchin. Several years ago, there was an American man called Cass (who sadly died in a motorcycle accident) who got a job managing the bar in one of the more successful places on the Riverside. Sorry, I can't remember which one, but he earned 1,000 Dollars a month, I believe. I don't think he had even managed a bar before, but he was able to convince the owner and was doing a pretty good job until his unfortunate accident. You could try something like that for a year or so until you find something else. You could pick up more Khmer phrases from the staff too!
O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven
I hope you are not intending to arrive needing money instantly. If you have a bit of a cushion, you will be able to network and find something that matches your interests and abilities. Almost anywhere you go, if you are adaptable and willing to work, jobs appear. However, it is tough for others to advise you when they don't really know you, and have no idea how you come across in an interview. Bar work, and many other jobs, will depend significantly on the tourist influx, which is not sounding particularly stunning for the coming season. With the world economy the way it is, almost anything can happen, though.
I certainly am, that's why I'm getting slightly worried! Obviously will have enough for maybe a month, but could really do with some work ASAP, as have baby due at the end of January...
Bit shit really...
Huh? So why are you coming to Cambodia NOW?
Ain't nobody got time for that!
I know you'll be wanting to get back to see your child but surely it is more sensible to have money with you so you can properly look after it. PP ain't much fun without money especially with a child to support. Might be better in the longrun to save and then go. Just a thought.
Possibly would have been, but have sorted flights.
I do have a possibility of a financial advisor but would have to generate all leads which obviously takes time. This would be basically offering investment, pension and protection advice; do you think that there is much call for this in PP. Not really sure if the expat demographics is really right for that, there seems to be a lot more English teachers as opposed to more corporate based expats, so am not sure if there is much potential business there...
Oh, that's what you mean?
Not very fruitful ground here.
Everybody knows how to get insured and secure your old age locally.
And there are a couple around already that have probably visited every expat in town.
UK mate, Guildford. By the same situation, you mean you've also got a Khmer girl pregnant and have got no fucking clue about what to do in Cambodia?
I need to get to phnom penh and got flights in april to go back. I drive container cranes in the docks and when looking at jobs in pp or anywhere in cambodia i seem to hit a brick wall. I dont know if they just take on khmer workers but find it really hard to find work at what im good at doing. I have even asked a mate to come over and look at opening a guest house or bar so thats what im looking at doing at the moment but we need money. So annoying being stuck here not being able to do anything at the moment.
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