Skill set assessment

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Skill set assessment

Post by Nomad » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:41 am

So one of the things I'm trying to get a good idea of is what skills are marketable or in demand in Chile vs. what skills I have or can easy learn in order to get a better idea if I could or should aim to move to Chile. Being able to get a job is one of the biggest deciding factors. Besides being a massage therapist I do have a couple of other skills + one my husband and I want to learn. Just wanted some opinions.

skill set:
Baking especially sweets. I can even make up my own amazing bread recipes without a cookbook.
Painting fine art
Hoop dancing Id love to teach a hoop dance class. If you dont know what that is watch this you tube of Lisa Lottie. If you do know what it is watch it anyways :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j46ll2_jR7k its not the native american kind.
And lastly my husband and proly myself are thinking about learning timber fraiming construction. Nither of us have construction exp. But he loves working with wood and carving. He is slightly a perfectionist in his work manner.

Other than that I can whistle and hum at the same time.

Opinions?

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Re: Skill set assessment

Post by Andres » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:28 am

In Chile, there are many bakeries: bakery chains, like Castaño (see link below), individual bakeries and specialist ethnic bakeries.
http://www.castano.cl/
I would not recommend it as a business.

In regards to fine art and teaching hoop dancing, see my comments on the "massage licensing requirements" thread.

Regarding a non-Chilean doing construction, that question has been discussed previously on the forum . . . or you can see my previous answer.
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Re: Skill set assessment

Post by Donnybrook » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:38 am

All the skills in bold are good as a hobby income. There are a LOT of foreign women baking and selling, some registered as a business and some from home. A friend's daughter (Chilean) has just taken this up, mainly for pin money. It is a struggle getting your stuff out there to the public. Baked goods have a short shelf life. I am sure you could gather an eager group of foreigners for hoop dancing but once you run out of foreigners it will be harder to encourage Chileans. There isn't anything there you can live off.

I really don't think construction is going to work but others will have input on that.

Chile is a country which is very developed in some ways (what's on offer) and very underdeveloped in others (small markets, poor customer service, bureaucracy). You really need to be able to finance yourselves for at least a year to gain any sort of toehold.

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Re: Skill set assessment

Post by Gloria » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:57 am

Never mind a "skill set assessment". The big question is....Can you afford to live in Chile? http://allchile.net/chileforum/viewtopic.php?t=9820 Are you bilingual? and....Have you ever visited Chile? If the answer to those questions is NO then your search is futile.
This is your own comment "Chile is a long way off. Im essentially trying to see if and how I can do it. I really want to. Just need to find a way to make it work. Though I have a high paying job now (as far as MTs go) it would end if I move. It is not mobile incom.

I thought about doing it a few years back but did not have the finances. Im much better off now"

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Re: Skill set assessment

Post by admin » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:03 am

In the north of Chile there is massive number of bakeries. Way more than the population could ever support. Why? They launder the drug money from Peru and Bolivia through the bakeries. So, yea, I guess there is money in bakeries. Just not a lot of legal money (or at least it does not start off that way).

You will not make it in construction, unless you are running your own business. That involves a whole lot more skill sets than just being able to swing a hammer. In most cases, without some super specialized hard to find and high demand skill, you won't find work in Chile. You will have to be self-employed.
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Re: Skill set assessment

Post by seawolf180 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:56 am

Dont think move to Chile.
Save A LOT of money.....then travel to Chile for an extended trip. Very fulfilling.
You most likely dont want to work in Chile. Or any where in Latin America. Unless you utterly have to, Period.
Everyrhing is stacked against your success, it is low paying, exploitive, and usually incredibly frustrating.
You would think that years of threads on this would make it quite obvious.
LATIN AMERICA IS A GREAT PLACE TO TRAVEL TO, RETIRE, PERHAPS INVEST IN REALESTATE, OR DO SOMETHING TOURISM RELATED. But job hunt.... Hell No.
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Re: Skill set assessment

Post by seawolf180 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:59 am

Clue,
Hundreds of thousands of Latinos are still pouring into the US anually.....for econimic oppportunity.
Duh.
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