Finding work in Fuerteventura
I regularly receive emails from people who have found our guide to Bars and Restaurants in Fuerteventura, looking for work. These range from people looking for some part time bar work over the summer months, to entire families relocating permanently and looking for a business opportunity.
I always advise that most employers here do not consider somebody for a role, until they’ve actually arrived on the Island, and have got settled. There are exceptions to the rule of course, but this is generally the norm. So many people move over without the proper planning, and then let down their employer when they scoot off again. This causes most employers to be very wary.
So what can you do to find work in Fuerteventura? First of all, look at your previous experience, and see if it is easily transferable to a holiday island. You may have provided training and managed motivational classes for 250 staff from a chain of “car scraper manufacturers”, but there really isn’t a call for that here. Instead look at your transferable skills. Maybe there is something there that can help to drive you in a completely new direction.
Many people come out and want to do something completely different. A number of us had very busy, high stress careers back in the UK – and would now like to chill out a bit, and reduce those stress levels. Be warned though… if you thrived under pressure before, you may find that you’ll either actively seek that again – or you’ll get bored. We were bored in under a week of the 2 week holiday we promised ourselves when we arrived – and couldn’t wait to crack on with work.
Do you want to be employed by someone else, and let them take the stress of the day to day running? Or do you want to set up your own business, and be in control of your destiny? Do your research, and speak to other people who have made the move. Learn from their experiences.
Both Alan and I choose to work long hours, 6 days a week, and put ourselves “through the mill”. It stimulates us, and has enabled us to build a successful business. And hey – it’s all for our future happiness too right?
But whereas in the UK, we’d have a tiring commute each day, and a slog to line someone else’s pockets – here we can choose our own hours, take a day off if we want to, have our lunch out on the terrace, basically do exactly what we want, when we want to. A cigarette break back in the UK was spent shivering outside a cold damp building, sheltering from the wind and rain. Now it’s outside, in the glorious sunshine… with a stunning volcanic backdrop.