• Learning the Hard Way: So Many Red Flags

    Honestly, I knew that this work arrangement was problematic from the start. Red flags came up before I even formally accepted the position. As time passed, they kept on coming. I saw them, I ignored them, I made excuses, and then, after too much time had passed, I found it hard to admit to myself I had allowed the situation to become ridiculous. Larger problems are sometimes the result of mismanaging little problems, and that was definitely my case. Everything built up until it became intolerable. First, Marie* decided that the hours I spent babysitting before I took the job should…

  • Amelia Jones ultimate au pair paris blog

    Learning the Hard Way: A year as an au pair in Paris

    Part 1 The Job Search I arrived in Paris on a whim. My life was in chaos, I was looking for an escape, and after a visit to the French capital, I found myself unwilling to leave. However, my living arrangement was growing precarious. After a tumultuous month, it became clear that I needed work that guaranteed ample time to study, and an apartment of my own. As most au pair jobs are supposed to meet these conditions, I applied for a handful of positions advertised on Craigslist, FUSAC, and AngloInfo. In mid-September, I accepted interviews for four positions based on…