From: Saudi Arabia
4/25/2006 23:41 EST
I'm an American woman who has lived in Jeddah for nineteen years, and worked outside the home for fourteen of those years. There are very few jobs for women in Saudi, and almost all are in the education and health care sectors. By law, women are barred from almost all other occupations.
You might be able to do some consulting in your field, but the competition for such jobs would be fierce, and being female, you would be at a disadvantage.
If you want to work here, the best thing to do would be to get some kind of teaching certificate before you come. If your English and/or Arabic is excellent, you could teach math, physics, etc. at an English language seconday school or possibly at one of the colleges or the university. You should begin to search for and apply for jobs now for the fall term.
Jeddah is a great place to live, but women have to develop our own interests. Besides working and socializing, there isn't much to do!
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