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expat? My first post :D

Beitragvon Chris Junior » Di Nov 20, 2007 22:00

heyyy all!! This is my first post! :rock) \:D/

My parents are both Mauritian and I was born in London.

I do try and keep well in touch with my roots of Mauritius and Love Mauritius so much!

I have worked with organisers such as Voice of Mauritius which promotes mauritius to people. I was also (or am) a musician that was part of a group called Nuvo Dimension and Tamasa. I have played for the likes of one of the most inspirational artists Kaya whom stayed at my home once, and met the likes of Cassiya, Windblows, Sergge Lebrasse along with many other Segatiers!

I have been working in IT for a while, but was reading up on this site because I am thinking about a bit of a change. I've jst turned 24 and thinking its time maybe for a little change. I thinking of maybe contracting here for 6-8 months and then staying in mauritius for the duration or going to move to mauritius. Although this was primerily because of the money aspect. Although I have seen a couple of people saying that they have been employed from the Uk to work in mauritius being paid in $. This appeals to me so much. Ud, I can appreciate this is not a job site as much, but was seeking more advice on guidance more than anything else. How do you apply or find these sorts of positions?? I have looked on the jobsite.com.mu but there are not much positions willing to pay the sort of wage i'd expect.

I hope you can help.

I have just come back from mauritius a week ago for the 2nd time this year, and still love it!

I want the best of both worlds (i suppose like many others) but I have great aspirations and hope I can fulfil them.


Ohh, also what is meant by expat??

Thanks

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Beitragvon Chris Junior » Do Nov 22, 2007 3:54

anyone?... :he()
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Beitragvon MmeTortue » Do Nov 22, 2007 6:36

Hi Chris,

My best guess is 'ex patria' ex - outside of and patria = the land where you were born and whose nationality you keep. In German we also have the term 'Heimat' which is even a bit stronger.

So as for me I'm a German ex-pat. Does this explanation make sense?

Best wishes from lovely Mahebourg
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Beitragvon Chris Junior » Do Nov 22, 2007 6:41

ahhh ok i get you..! i thought it was related to something in the job market hahaha!!
aww I realllyyy want to go back to the homelands,,,! :'( miss it so much lol

How is Mahebourg now days?

Any ideas on how I can find a position from UK to work in mauritius or to get a job as galaxie did? Just seems to ideal to me..

Thanks for replying mmetortue! :D
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Beitragvon MmeTortue » Do Nov 22, 2007 15:50

Mahebourg is still a quiet and friendly place, however unfortuantely petty crime is also on the rise.

We've got a wonderful waterfront for four or five years now, and during summer nights young and old flees the hot flats and promenades down by the seaside.

As for your job I'm sorry the only place I know where you might find something is at Cybercity in the middle of Plaine Wilhelms/Moka. But beware: salaries are not what you get in the UK or other overseas countries. Many young people are now leaving for Australia or Europe as the chances to get a well paid job are much better there than here.

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Beitragvon Chris Junior » Do Nov 22, 2007 15:57

i did notice the petty crime while i was over there. what a shame. i blame it on western influence..

yea i thought that might be the only place. i just need to find the companies there now really. its not about the money really, i just want to live comfortably really..
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Beitragvon Chris Junior » Do Jun 19, 2008 16:32

hiya, does anyone have any advice on the best route for me to find an IT position in mauritius?

I primarily specialise in Desktop Support.

I dont mind if its contracting either really.

Hope you can help.

CJ
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Beitragvon stefan » Do Jun 19, 2008 17:06

try:
MauJobs or 3wjobs
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Beitragvon ud » Fr Jun 20, 2008 2:04

Hello Chris,

I've spotted my nickname being addressed.....

I would advise you to choose the contracting pathway. Mauritius is a nice country but that does not mean that the jobs offered will be suitable to everyone. It might be a big change in terms of working environment and definitely needs people adapting to those drastic changes.

You haven't mentioned anything about your linguistic capabilities. Poor French and Creole might prove to be an issue depending on the job.

Being born from mauritian parents does not mean unlimited access to the island. Being british means the rules and regulations still apply for your case and you'll need a work permit. This already sets a threshold and limits your search to medium to large companies as they are usually the ones who opt for foreign manpower. You've also mentioned about meeting people who have got the jobs and being paid in $. This may look appealing but the harsh reality - without trying to be negative- is that this usually applies to top management positions with loads and loads of experience.

The IT job industry is supposingly flourishing right now with a concentration of jobs located in the Cybercity towers at Ebene - which I'm sure you must have heard of while you were staying in the island. The website for the cybertower hasn't got a working careers link at the moment - you would have expected it to work for a big company such as BPML, the group that did the project.

http://www.e-cybercity.mu/contact.html


If you want to learn more about the work permit issues go on the government portal website - I've posted the link quite a few times in my posts. Let me know if you can't find it. That should get you started:

http://www.gov.mu/portal/site/empmentsite/menuitem.de904359f25249dab3347524e2b521ca/

The websites listed by Stefan are the three which are updated more often and should have a representative sample of the job market when it comes to the IT Industry.


Once you've decided on your next move, the first thing to do is to try spotting UK based companies which have got a branch in Mauritius. They might come up with a nice package for you. I don't have the list of the companies in the Cybertower.....maybe someone reading this can help you? I'm not in Mauritius at the moment you see and I'm completely shattered with work e.t.c.


I hope this helps a bit, let me know what you think


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Beitragvon johnjoe20 » So Jun 22, 2008 21:17

Hi Chris,

I totally agree with Ud, Cybercity is primarily where the IT work is based.

I work in a government school teaching IT/ICT 2 days per week and the pay is very poor, but I enjoy the work and don't do it for the money.

I retired to Mauritius, and my wife is from Port Louis.
I have several friends who are full time IT teacher and only earn around Rs 10000 per month. I have family who run their own IT Business/Shop and do a lot better.

You really need to research you options, Support Techs don't earn muh money here unless you are a hig flier with a few IT degrees and loads of expereince.

Anyway Best of Luck.

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