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Old 24.01.2015, 01:53
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Swiss-Brazilian moving to Zurich :)

Hello, I hope someone can give me a good advice.
I am going to Switzerland on march.
I own both swiss and Brazilian passports since I was born in Brazil and my grandparents are from Luzern.

My plans are to find a job and a cheap place to live at first... I am not sure which place is better for this combination, since lots of friends says Zurich is too expensive...but at the same way, there is where the jobs are.

I plan to get there and find an apartment to share or something. I also intend to enroll on a German Course, since I speak some German, but not much.

I am insecure and I was hoping to hear good news from you. I know it won't be easy but I am sure it's all about positive attitude.

I have been on Baby Sitters websites and stuff, and got some nice responses from families...I am just not sure if I should wait till I get there or get already committed with some family guaranteeing a job for the first months...

Sorry for the long post..

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Karen
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Old 24.01.2015, 02:41
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Hello, I hope someone can give me a good advice.
I am going to Switzerland on march.
I own both swiss and Brazilian passports since I was born in Brazil and my grandparents are from Luzern.

My plans are to find a job and a cheap place to live at first... I am not sure which place is better for this combination, since lots of friends says Zurich is too expensive...but at the same way, there is where the jobs are.

I plan to get there and find an apartment to share or something. I also intend to enroll on a German Course, since I speak some German, but not much.

I am insecure and I was hoping to hear good news from you. I know it won't be easy but I am sure it's all about positive attitude.

I have been on Baby Sitters websites and stuff, and got some nice responses from families...I am just not sure if I should wait till I get there or get already committed with some family guaranteeing a job for the first months...

Sorry for the long post..

Regards

Karen

As in other cities you will have to find lodgings in Suburbia which means places like Glattbrugg, Kloten, Bassersdorf, or Adliswil, Thalwil, Horgen, or Zch-Altstetten, Schlieren, Dietikon
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Old 24.01.2015, 03:23
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Re: Swiss-Brazilian moving to Zurich :)

Hi Karen, welcome to English Forum and soon to Switzerland (or rather, welcome back, since it seems you've been to the Rheinfall, at least)!

What sort of work are you qualified to perform? If you're after babysitting/nanny work, Zürich is definitely not the only place with families seeking babysitters. If that's the sort of job you want, any city would suit your needs (although presumably you would want to be in the German-speaking area). Smaller cities such as Basel, Bern, Luzern, etc. have fewer families seeking babysitters, but also fewer babysitters seeking jobs -- and you'll find your living costs are quite a bit lower than in Zürich. Basel, in particular, may be a good choice for you as it's a reasonably large city (by Swiss standards ), has some available apartments to let, has a larger than average number of wealthy expat and local families due to the concentration of pharmaceutical companies, and is right on the French and German borders (so you can shop at very reasonable prices over the border).

If you're qualified to do other jobs, let us know something about yourself so we can suggest possible employment options for you. If you want to continue in digital marketing, that's a highly transferable skill and you could target many companies here. Do you have experience in any particular industry?

Good luck!
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Old 24.01.2015, 03:29
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Re: Swiss-Brazilian moving to Zurich :)

Welcome to the forum.

The best advice I can give you is to change your username, and not share your personal details on the internet. It'll be on here forever, you know. And there are all sorts of hackers, pervs, and other weirdos out there in cyber space who could potentially use your openness to share your full name against you somehow, now or in the future…

Anyway, best of luck to you. I hope all goes smoothly with your move and transition into CH.



edit: the photo should go, too… maybe i'm just personally paranoid but peace of mind is priceless
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Being Swiss, you have an advantage over kaymac, who asked similar questions to yours in this thread: help planing to move to Zurich
Perhaps some of those answers and links could help you, too.
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Re: Swiss-Brazilian moving to Zurich :)

Hi Karen,

Welcome.

Depends on what you'd like, but I'd recommend Zurich. It's bigger and a lot more international. To me that means more opportunity for jobs, and socially as well. Not that you'd come here to hang out with Brazilians, but there's a sizable community in Zürich and it could help with getting settled in and making contacts that could lead to a job. A smaller area might leave you feeling a bit isolated at first. Prices are a shock everywhere, but if you're willing to sublet a room in a shared apartment when you first get here it's not too bad.

I'm Canadian of Swiss descent and came over in 2013 without anything lined up either. Can't say it's always been easy but for me it's been worth it. If you'd like any specific advice feel free to pm. Good luck!
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