Mon Amour, le Fonctionnaire

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 !

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  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Congratulations David! that is awesome news!

    One of the DOM-TOMS would be nice…. especially if you were to think about the travel/tourism industry. Imagine working in that industry on one of the islands.

    Kims last blog post..twitch, twitch, twitch

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Congratulations David! that is awesome news!

    One of the DOM-TOMS would be nice…. especially if you were to think about the travel/tourism industry. Imagine working in that industry on one of the islands.

    Kims last blog post..twitch, twitch, twitch

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    ooh that’s great. It’s actually run through my mind to try out for the fonctionnaire concours to become an agent. What exams did he have to take? I would be interested to know if I have a shot or not, hpwever small. Is being pasced worth a noticble amount of points btw?

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com Emmy

    ooh that’s great. It’s actually run through my mind to try out for the fonctionnaire concours to become an agent. What exams did he have to take? I would be interested to know if I have a shot or not, hpwever small. Is being pasced worth a noticble amount of points btw?

  • Mom

    Congratulations David. Having a job for life is a fantastic reward for your hard work.

  • Mom

    Congratulations David. Having a job for life is a fantastic reward for your hard work.

  • Penny

    Congratulations David! At least you know a little bit of what the future holds for you now Jennie – even if you don’t know exactly where! :-)

  • Penny

    Congratulations David! At least you know a little bit of what the future holds for you now Jennie – even if you don’t know exactly where! :-)

  • Frankofile

    Friends LOVED La Réunion…. even if you don’t go there, this is a big step forwards into your future. Especially in these lean times. Fantastic.

  • Frankofile

    Friends LOVED La Réunion…. even if you don’t go there, this is a big step forwards into your future. Especially in these lean times. Fantastic.

  • http://leahenfranceparttrois.blogspot.com/ Leah

    Congrats to David and I think you did a great job with your recordings…hang onto them, you never know!

    Leahs last blog post..Appart Hunting 101…Agence Style

  • http://leahenfranceparttrois.blogspot.com Leah

    Congrats to David and I think you did a great job with your recordings…hang onto them, you never know!

    Leahs last blog post..Appart Hunting 101…Agence Style

  • http://bonjourlille.wordpress.com/ stacey

    congrats! i would love an opportunity to live in a dom-tom one day…

    staceys last blog post..in bruges…

  • http://bonjourlille.wordpress.com stacey

    congrats! i would love an opportunity to live in a dom-tom one day…

    staceys last blog post..in bruges…

  • http://thefonctionnaire.blogspot.com/ The fonctionnaire

    Bravo David, ça semble vachement plus difficile devenir fonctionnaire en France qu’au Québec. Je suis fonctionnaire depuis 4 ans pour le gouvernement. J’aime bien, y a des hauts, beaucoup de bas et y a des moments où on s’ennuie terriblement. Je me demande comment est géré l’ennui par les fonctionnaires du gouvernement français ??? ;)
    .-= The fonctionnaire´s last blog ..Allez, combien tu gagnes ? =-.

  • http://thefonctionnaire.blogspot.com/ The fonctionnaire

    Bravo David, ça semble vachement plus difficile devenir fonctionnaire en France qu’au Québec. Je suis fonctionnaire depuis 4 ans pour le gouvernement. J’aime bien, y a des hauts, beaucoup de bas et y a des moments où on s’ennuie terriblement. Je me demande comment est géré l’ennui par les fonctionnaires du gouvernement français ??? ;)
    .-= The fonctionnaire´s last blog ..Allez, combien tu gagnes ? =-.

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