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Hello,
I'd like to move to switzerland to live with my partner in the next 3 months or so. I am somewhat accustomed to the country, having travelled there several times in the last year for holidays to see my partner and his extended family. He had seasonal work out there for the last 4 years and has now entered a full time contract.
I'd like to go out there and work too and improve my language skills as well but I am anxious about finding work. I have been looking online and He will be looking out for one out there towards Geneva but Im concerned I wont find anything.
Im 20 years old and a qualified makeup artist. I have a lot of experience in retail, food as well as makeup of course but I don't hold a lot of, not very grand qualifications. Will this be an issue for me?
Am I better to just go over and look for work?

*side note: he is a swiss citizen

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Re: Am I employable in switzerland?

Frankly, without speaking a Swiss language (French for Geneva) you'll struggle to find work. How will you communicate with your clients without speaking their language?
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Re: Am I employable in switzerland?

Welcome to the forum.

In my opinion, you are employable, but the fact as you would look for a job for a short time, it might be not so easy.

If you want to continue as a make-up artist, I am not so sure it would work, because it takes a while till people would recognise your work and also to build up a 'ring of customers' would not happen from one day to another.

If you would be looking for a different position and you would adopt the language would might easily work out for you.

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Re: Am I employable in switzerland?

The OP says she doesn't have very good qualifications, which is hardly surprising at the tender age of 20, the lower down the qualification ladder means a more manual or basic type of job. For these types of jobs, you must be able to speak the language fluently as this is the common denominator between all the workers.

English is only required at a higher level. It may be useful for the job lower down or enhance promotion prospects, but you need top be able to communicate in the local language effectively.

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Re: Am I employable in switzerland?

Thanks for all the responses! I probably should have mentioned that I am not looking for a job as a makeup artist at the moment as it has taken a long enough time to establish my clientele here. The kind of work I'd be looking for is more social work where I'd be learning to speak more and more confidently in French (I have a basic understanding of it already) but for me to find work in the likes of a coffee shop or as a sales assistant would be ideal but I'm curious as to how to find these times of work. I'm looking to really experience the country!

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Re: Am I employable in switzerland?

You look on websites of course like

www.jobs.ch
www.jobup.ch

But wthout speaking the language to a good level to start with that sort of work isn't going to be open to you because again you need to be able to understand your clients and they need to understand you.

Your best option, if you can afford it, is to do an intensive language course to get yourself up to speed.

I hope you've got some savings too because you'll need to prove to the Swiss authorities that you can support yourself when you arrive here as a job seeker. They'll want to see bank statements showing how much you have to live on.
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