Russia and although many insist on saying otherwise, is adopting an attitude of openness to the world and unprecedented development. The Soviet era is increasingly behind in time and with each passing year we who live in this country we realize that Russia is going forward in all aspects, despite the great external difficulties that are imposed. In 2018, the World Cup of Russia, has helped to open the eyes and minds of many people who still thought that the streets of Moscow walked bears playing the accordion. People simply fell in love with the country and the cameras of the Anti-Russian media, did not know where to aim to not show the beauty and grandeur of this territory.
Russia is a power, a vanguard country, with a European-style lifestyle, and ultimately a safe country that offers many opportunities to foreigners.
Well, is there work in Russia?
As always, this very generalist question depends on many factors and perspectives to be taken into account, but from the outset I already tell you that if you are someone young who has invested your youth in high level studies, or you are in that process, Russia has the doors open from your house for you from today.
Russia is a leading country in the world of technology, to the point that we could describe it as a hyper-technological country, assuring without shaking that most of the countries of the world can only dream to be equal to their level. This means that if you are a engineer, computer scientist, doctor, biologist, chemist, programmer, technological developer, pioneer in an innovative project etc. not only do you have possibilities to work here, but they will surely come looking for you to do it. So keep your eyes open and suitcases half prepared because any day you travel to Mother Russia. In short, people who have a high qualification and are in some way indispensable, enter through the big and direct door of Russia even if they do not know the language. For all of them there is a lot of work and job offers in Russia.
And for those of us who do not have a high qualification and are not essential in a working sense, is there work in Russia?
Evidently yes, and as always depends on your goals, contacts, luck, enthusiasm, will, projects, ideas, skills with the Russian language and personal charismatic factors that do not depend on what you put in a diploma. All this may even have more value than certain studies.
Regardless of what is paid in each job, in Russia there is usually a lot of offer for foreigners and surely the easiest thing is to think about teacher professions of Spanish or some type of service that requires your native language. So it would not be strange to arrive in Russia and work as a writer in your own language in some medium, even if it is not your vocational profession. In Russia, excluding the above-mentioned highly qualified professions, the limit is set by you. It does not matter if you are a plumber by profession, if you insist you can work as a salesman selling flats, to say the least.
Although this does not mean that anyone can do anything. In Russia you will have to prove what you are worth anywhere and it is usually a very demanding country in this aspect, but here you will always have many doors open for any project that goes through your head. Despite the difficulties of recent years due to sanctions imposed by the US, cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg tend to have full employment figures. I do not exaggerate if I say that you can find a job the same day you start the search. Of course, another song is that this job is decent.
Nothing is ever so beautiful ... What is the problem in all this?
To work in Russia it is not enough to pack your bags and throw yourself into the void by taking a couple of plane tickets, since you need a visa to reside in the country and a work permit to practice legally. That is why, if a company offers you work by itself or you reach an agreement with it, you already have most of the problems solved, because that company will be responsible for processing the permits, invitations and legal issues with the Federal Migration Service. So he will provide you with the necessary documents so that you can deliver them to the Russian Embassy and obtain your work visa, for a period of one year and with subsequent possibilities of renewal.
Personally, I do not live in Russia for having been essential with any work of high qualification, or anything like it. I have managed to live in Russia because with much tenacity and with the help of my wife and my family, we have been solving the bureaucratic problems step by step in order to be together in this place. Love can always be more than everything in this world, so it is a factor that you also have to take into account. Before I could have found a job to stay here, we had to process several temporary visas several times and with the obligation to return to my country (Spain) every 3 months. The effort, stress and economic outlay that implies is quite high. That's why you should take advantage of every trip to Russia to investigate, establish contacts and gain experience to be able to establish yourself little by little. It is a long and hard process, but with effort and patience everything arrives. In recent years, some conditions have been hardening in order to remain and work in the country. For example, what they want to reside in Russia will have to pass through a Russian language test, laws and history. So I do not recommend anyone to make plans to live in Russia if at least they have not started studying the language. But nothing is impossible, I arrived in Russia at 2013 and since then I have had many different jobs (writer, translator, video editor, camera operator, online freelance services ...) Lately, with the ruble course on the floor, I highly recommend work in international portals of sporadic jobs. The good thing is to be able to charge in euros and dollars, by changing that money to rubles, the working day can go out at a good price for the level of Russia.
Then I leave you a few web pages of job portals so you can see the number of job offers in Russia. Do not hesitate to start contacting any of the companies, since reaching agreements from abroad can be a matter of months. Maybe you are lucky and are interested in you. Nothing is impossible. And remember to study Russian how much earlier!
Job search portals in Russia.
Mediajobs (audiovisual sector)