This question has been asked before in different ways, but it's been a long time since I've seen the topic discussed. So, sorry if I'm being repetitive. But I've nigh-on exhausted my own ability to research this topic, and I'm really curious what you all might know about the topic, that I don't.
The topic is Work - particularly, work securable by Americans in Russia. I've been thinking about this for years, and I'm deeply interested in the idea of a prolonged stay in Russia. Granted this won't be immediate, as anything worth doing takes a fair amount of planning, preparation and hard work. But before those three important parts comes another, simpler part - an understanding of the undertaking.
Now, I've heard about the general need for English teachers in Russia. I've never thought of myself as being the "teacher" type, and my skillset as education is concerned is different.. But this is a hurdle that can be overcome, with hard work. And if it becomes clear that teaching English is the only, or the best route, to being able to stay and work for a period of time in Russia, I'm definitely willing to do that work. My skill and experience are strong, actually, in areas that I'm not sure would be greatly beneficial, namely sales/customer service, and hospitality.. So, I'm thinking as far as experience and education I'll be starting from scratch, either way I approach the situation.
What kinds of work are available or conceivable in Russia, for an American? Is there a need for Americans in anything beyond teaching English? Is it rare to hear of an American working in Russia? Does it seem a tenable situation - as for instance Russians who come to New York or Chicago for work? - or does it seem less tenable - like an American working in Denmark (LOL) ?
(Currently I work in hospitality and a branch of my company opened in Moscow recently. However, these branches are owned individually, so there's no ground gained by my working for the corporate office. It does help a bit, to show experience in the industry. But ultimately the person who would decide to employ me at this hotel would be one man, either the owner or his second-in-command; so though I would like to work in Russia in the industry I'm currently in, I'm not sure it's much of an option. On top of that, it's likely that this hotelier would hire native Russians first, over foreigners, unless he had a good reason not to. And it's easy to get help in hospitality from India, which is more local and has a long history of hospitality. So I'm saying this to explain why I'm open to any industry, and not dedicated to hospitality..)
By the way, I don't demand a career from this, and I don't demand "prestigious" work. I'm willing to do what it takes as far as education and such before attempting this, but I'm not adverse to more "humble" types of work. I'm red-blooded; I won't blanche at waiting tables. =)
Sorry if this is a silly question, or if I've asked this before - I'm interested in starting some discussion on the topic. (Surely I'm not the only American who thinks it would be great to live in Russia?)