Leaving Paris: They did it and they told their new life

From Bordeaux (Girond) to Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhone) via the Dordogne, heading south for ex-Parisians Valéry, Marion and Lionel.

Valerie, training at 50

It is not easy to find a job after you have crossed the mark of fifty and suffered from long unemployment. Valerie, a digital communications officer in Paris, who is looking for a new job, has caught the bull. I followed the support of Visiplus, an organization specializing in distance continuing education in marketing, communication and management.

I wanted to loosen up the situation, even if it meant changing my life and going to the provinces. This eight-month training allowed me to add new skills to my resume and update myself thanks to a diploma recognized by the state. This was crucial to bounce back,” she explains. Farewell, Paris!” I quickly landed a new job in communications in Aix-en-Provence, where I’ve been living for a year. Valerie has no regrets today. “The living environment here is great. The TGV station and the airport are not far away, the real countryside is five minutes away… Of course, you have to move to meet people and start a new life in the small village of Eguilles. But I belong to a gym, it makes connections!”

The dream of a house with a swimming pool is still a long way off. Here, the price per square meter is high. Valerie is currently living in an apartment. But regardless, her new territory is above all an unexpected professional lifeline for her. This is confirmed by Regis Micheli, founder of Visiplus: “Our clients are often Ile-de-France residents who are retrained between the ages of 35 and 45, at the time of personal assessment. We support them in their movement, the coach sums up. Many realize their dream of settling in the provinces through Starting their own business. From this point of view, we can say that there was covid before and after.”

The lesson from Valérie’s experience: You can reinvigorate at any age, even if you’re unemployed, provided you get up-to-date, certified training to attract a new employer. And not refrain, in principle, from moving away from home. Because you should not hesitate to explore the job offers in the area. A boycott often presents opportunities. But for that, you have to dare to change your life and your surroundings.

Marion, 31, professional love at first sight

Some leave Paris to change their living environment, others because they have fallen in love… with a company in the area! This is the case of Marion, who is married with two children, and yet had a good career in the capital. “I worked for 11 years as a production manager in a large company, says the young woman. But I dreamed of joining Aphalte, A massive Parisian fund that designs and manufactures pre-ordered clothing to avoid waste, with a revolutionary, ethical and environmental approach. I had read newspaper articles about it and the state of mind seemed great to me. That’s why I approached them…”.

After the first date is lost, Marion stays in touch with William, the young founder of Asphalte. But the company is moving to Bordeaux! The second time will be good. “It was a sign of fate, my husband got a new job…in this city. He left KPMG for a bunch of vet clinics. It was written!”, Marion laughs. Things came to a head two years ago. “I, I left my old company in complete confinement. I was coming back from a career trip to the end of the world. Everything was done in just a few days, it was an epic moment! ‘, you remember.

Therefore, it is clear that professional love at first sight is also present. Since then, the entire little family has become a Bordeaux resident, living in a charming little house, with an unbeatable environment. “Life here is much quieter,” Marion admits. As for Asphalt, his move to the capital of the Gironde brought him luck. “In two years, we went from 20 to 60 employees,” rejoices William Hovett, the company’s founder. However, he himself was a pure Parisian … “All the employees followed me to Aquitaine. I have a very small team, my average age is 25. Bordeaux is a very humane and lively city, said the business manager. We recruit 10 people a year. And half come from Paris. Some choose to work from home, and we don’t charge anything…”, he concludes.

Marion’s Lesson: You only have one life and the principle of fun at work is fundamental. You have to dare to step out of your comfort zone – a stable and routine job – if you happen to come across your dream job, one that makes sense for you, even in a different professional sector.

Lionel, 48, put his company in the green

He dreamed of it, he did it. Five months ago, Lionel chose a small paradise in the Dordogne to develop his company Weebeego, which designs websites and custom software. “In Paris, I could hardly fit two computers side by side in my 3-square-meter office,” he recalls. Here, I have a house of 155 square meters and a wonderful garden of 1 hectare. It took us a long time to find this gem, but what a joy today! It’s a change from my little apartment in the Paris area of ​​Carrières-sous-Poissy! “His partner also preceded him by joining his home region of Toulouse (Haute-Garonne). Our job allows us to work remotely, when we want and from where we want,” he says.

County Lionel made this choice with his painter wife for many other reasons. In addition to the urgent desire to change the living environment, leave the oppressive suburbs, and unpredictable transportation times, occupational reasons counted a lot. “It changes everything: I will choose proximity by building a local network with elected officials, the Chamber of Commerce of the Ministry, and the Entrepreneur Associations. I will begin by starting with a tour of the city halls, as the business manager provides. Farewells, big shows and always tiring and unhelpful excursions….” And if he is asked: Why Dordogne? Tac-o-tac answers: “But because it’s the least polluted place in France!”.

Lionel Lesson: You can combine business with pleasure. In this case, the most comfortable working conditions make it possible to launch or re-launch liberal activity.

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