David took a competitive exam (concours) to become a civil servant (fonctionnaire) in France. It began with a multiple choice exam in December, and since he passed that, he was able to go on to the interview in February. We found out on March 9 that he succeeded and that he will become a fonctionnaire!!! Basically, this means that he will have a job for life as long as we stay in France.
He was #54 out of 291 admitted candidates, and in addition to the extra “points” he receives for being PACSed, this will determine which type of job he gets. The concours was to become an agent de catégorie C des ministères financiers. His choices for job were: agent de la répression des fraudes, agent administratif des impôts, and agent d’administration du Trésor Public. So either fraud prevention, taxes or the treasury.
He will have to leave for a training period (stage) for a few months this summer, and then he will be assigned to a city somewhere in France (no idea where!) to start his job. This means we will most likely have to live apart during the next school year while I’m finishing my lectrice contract in Chambéry. But since I only work 24 weeks a year, I don’t think it will be too hard. However, this also means no vacation time this summer so he won’t be able to go to my sister’s wedding. (Sorry Jamie!)
We’re impatiently waiting for more information about the stage so we can start planning our move. I am eager to leave this apartment and Annecy so I can live closer to work, but just the thought of moving in a few months makes me tired. This is really good for David though, and I’m so proud of him. This does mean, of course, that he’s no longer attempting the CAFEP to become an English teacher, but I really think he will like this job more anyway. And it is nice to know that one of us will always have a job, especially since one of us (ahem, me) will probably have a hard time finding a new job when my current contract ends.
At least the thought of doing graduate work in France is something that I had thought about before. I am almost certain I will do at least a Master here so that I can be more “appealing” to French employers who look down on my American degrees. I don’t really want to teach English forever anyway, so perhaps I will finally check out the travel/tourism industry. And even though we have to stay in France for David’s job, that includes the DOM-TOMs, so maybe one day we will be in La Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana or Mayotte (new département as of April 2009, supposedly). There’s little chance that will happen though.
Félicitations David !