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I've currently has 5 years hairdressing experience and was looking to move to Switzerland from Sydney Australia. Was just wondering what it is like in Switzerland finding a job in hairdressing, wages, the award.
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Re: Looking for work advice

Do you have an EU passport? As a Non-EU you will not get a work permit for a hair-dressing job.
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Re: Looking for work advice

Also, sorry to sound so negative, but your really need to speak the language to be able to work in Switzerland, especially as you will be working with the public.
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Re: Looking for work advice

Understand that Switzerland gives priority to Swiss/EU nationals when it comes to hiring so it's only highly qualified/skilled people who will be able to have an employer go through the lengthy and expensive process outlined here:

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...zulassung.html

For a hairdresser, sorry, but it's simply not going to happen. There are plenty of Swiss/EU nationals who can do this work so a non-EU has no chance.
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Re: Looking for work advice

What jobs are mostly suitable for travellers then when I do apply for a working visa?
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Re: Looking for work advice

You cannot apply for a work permit, period.
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Re: Looking for work advice

God loves a tryer.

EF on the other hand, less keen
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Re: Looking for work advice

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I've currently has 5 years hairdressing experience and was looking to move to Switzerland from Sydney Australia. Was just wondering what it is like in Switzerland finding a job in hairdressing, wages, the award.
As an Australian citizen and young person, you might be able to qualify under the young professionals traineeship program. This is an overview and would suggest you read all of the requirements carefully to see if you meet them:

"To qualify as young professionals, nationals of these countries must have concluded vocational training or be in possession of a related degree. The agreement with Canada also admits students for working stays in connection with their education, whereas the agreement with Japan admits graduates only. Age limit: 35 years (exceptions: Australia, New Zealand and Russia: 30 years).
A traineeship is part of further education. Young professionals are required to work in the occupation that they have learned or in their study major. Part-time work or working as a self-employed person are not permitted. Young professionals must be paid in accordance with the rates that are customary for the location and the industry."

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...praktikum.html
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You cannot apply for a work permit, period.
Not quite true;

If you want to work in Switzerland for a short time, as a young person without local language skills…. you could come as an Au-Pair for a year.
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Not quite true;

If you want to work in Switzerland for a short time, as a young person without local language skills…. you could come as an Au-Pair for a year.
Again, can't apply himself/herself. It has to be done through an approved agency.
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Re: Looking for work advice

Leaving aside the work permit, you'd have to learn to cut hair totally differently. It's kind of like butchering meat -- it's not the same everywhere in the world.

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Re: Looking for work advice

You will need to pass the exam, either cantonal or federal, but federal is better as otherwise you are restricted to working in the canton where you passed the exam. And the exam is in a Swiss language, and is both written and practical.

My daughter had to do the same when she moved to LA last year (however, there is no federal exam in the US, so if she should move to another state, sheŕll have to pass another exam).

Do you have Swiss or EU nationality?

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As an Australian citizen and young person, you might be able to qualify under the young professionals traineeship program.
However, be aware that it's two or three years, depending on if for cantonal or federal license, and is in the local language, with pay of around CHF 1000 per month.

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