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I'm an American citizen who has recently relocated to Santiago and is looking for work as a... well, anything that can pay the bills, to be honest. I was here once before in 2005-6 and made a fairly decent living teaching English at one of the private universities in Providencia. It was a very exciting time and during this period I met the woman of my dreams and married her last May. For the past three years I've been at the University of California, San Diego earning my master's degree in International Relations, and after an agonizing job search in Washington, DC in the autumn decided to move back to Santiago to apply my new skill set in the professional world here. My regional specialization is Latin America, my Spanish is solid, and my command of the written and spoken word is fairly devastating. I spent several years working in NGOs in the States, including lobbying Congress to lift the Cuba embargo, and have all the technical, analytical, and professional sensibilities resulting from my education and experience. As such, I figured I was in pretty good shape! I have, however, over the last few weeks, begun to feel the burgeoning rage and sad desparation that only lingering unemployment can bring.
I've learned that IR is neither the most lucrative nor the most door-opening degree for American citizens living abroad. Looking back, I almost certainly would have concentrated on international business rather than politics, even though for me politics is far more interesting. An advanced degree in the social sciences, in my experience, won't get you very far as an expat. On the contrary, I have been surprisingly disappointed by the lack of opportunities here in Santiago in my field.
It may be that I've been searching for jobs in all the wrong places. It may be that I'm too picky or not pro-active enough. Perhaps I don't have a broad enough professional network. Whatever the reason, I have been hitting brick walls ever since I arrived and began seeking employment in Santiago. Not only has my resume been repeatedly lost in the ether of online job portals such as Laborum, Trabajando, but doors have also been unexpectedly closed even in the TEFL universe, for which I literally have years of experience all over the world. Translators seem to be a dime a dozen and the labor market seems saturated with bright-eyed gringos competing to score freelance work wherever they can get it. Indeed, I count myself among them.
Which brings me to my appeal to you, dear forum... Perhaps there is someone out there who supervises a team of translators in a reputable firm in Las Condes and just happens to be looking for new talent. Maybe one of you has the next brilliant start-up idea and needs someone who can put together a dynamite power point presentation and deliver it to a group of Colombian venture capitalists. Perhaps, even, AllChile.net is looking to expand and its CEO is a fellow UCSD alum from Pacific Beach. Or, maybe there is someone out there who is thinking about going back to grad school and could just use some good advice on how to proceed.
Whichever the case, I would like to take this time to say that I am available immediately and would be happy to offer my services in any capacity that I am able. I would love, first and foremost, to hear about any employment opportunities (ideally somewhat related to IR) that may be floating around the forum. Additionally, I would like to expand my professional and social network here in Santiago and am available to chat, email, or bang out a mid-week happy hour anywhere in the city. As such, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me, whatever your situation may be. I look forward to hearing from you.