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Frank Martínez of DISCOVER Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ellen Winter, Discover Realty, Managua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingHow easy it would be for you to find a job in Nicaragua depends on how old you are. About 50% of the population of native Nicaraguans is around 17 or 18 years old. Because of this large percentage of young people, the older people in Nicaragua tend to hold upper management positions.  However, many of those between the age of those in their late teens and those in their 50s are slowly taking over because they have had 20 years of steady education from universities. They are armed with this knowledge when they entered the work force. The older people are still part of the majority and are in charge of the majority of businesses, but the new generation of those just a little younger than them is closing the gap.  I predict that in three to five years, those in their 50s will have a harder time getting a job. The older you get, the harder it gets.

As for expats who want to go to Nicaragua and find a job in Nicaragua, they have the same issues mentioned above. They may have experience working in the relevant job category, but it would be a bit more of a challenge finding work in another country because there are existing Nicaraguans who are competing for the same job. My advice for expats is, rather than come here to look for a job, to come with a business plan and open a small business of their own. This would be a wise move when going to Nicaragua, unless you are coming here as part of a job transfer from company or a foreign institution. 
 
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Gabriel Sánchez of PRONicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Civic Offices in San Francisco Libre, Managua, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFinding a job in Nicaragua would depend on the kind of experience and academic background that the job seeker has. The reality in Nicaragua is that there isn’t an abundance of job opportunities. It’s a country that still has the need to create additional jobs to be able to offer employment opportunities to all of its population.  If you have the proper preparation, there might be opportunities in the business community, but it’s not an abundant market.

If you are an expat thinking of coming to Nicaragua and finding a job, it might be smarter instead to start a business and hire some of the other people who are having a difficult time finding a job.  This would be smarter and more beneficial for the two parties – the expats and the people of Nicaragua.  The expats could bring their expertise and what little capital that is needed to start a business in Nicaragua and find a willing pool of labor that’s very happy to get a job. In Nicaragua, there is no minimum capital required for an investment, so the investment could actually be as small as the capacity of the investor. There’s no restriction in that sense.

If you visit cities like Leon, Granada or San Juan del Sur, which are major tourism attractions, there are lots of expats who are living in these cities who have set up their own small businesses such as coffee shops, small bed and breakfasts, bars and even as tour operators. Many retirees also found out that their income in Nicaragua can supplement their pension.
 
*In photo: Civic Offices in San Francisco Libre, Managua, Nicaragua
Carla Fjeld of Ola Verde SA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Finding a job in just any sector in Nicaragua would not be easy. However, I can think of two sectors in which there are many opportunities, those being business management and teaching. Teachers certified in the United States can find multiple opportunities in Managua and probably increasingly outside the capital as well. More and more schools are qualifying for certification in the USA and teacher certification is increasingly important. In business management, there are also multiple opportunities, though the salaries may not be competitive with those in the USA. Having said that, the cost of living is much lower, so maybe it all balances out. 

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