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Gauging demand for GMAT tutoring

I plan to apply for a few masters programs (ETHZ MS Stats, HSG MBF, and possibly IMD MBA) in Switzerland this fall, and have been stumped on how to generate enough cash flow for the very high cost of living. I would like to avoid loans and dipping too much into savings.

One idea was to try teaching GMAT prep part time (score is in the 99th percentile); I would be curious if people on this forum have any anecdotal evidence on whether this would work.

Is this test something many Swiss study for? If so, how are the rates?

Additionally, if there are other jobs students typically do, I would definitely be interested in hearing about them! My skillset is definitely skewed towards software development and quantitative disciplines, with randomly high scores for standardized tests (GRE, GMAT, SAT), but would also be happy doing manual labor such as waiting tables or software QA (only English unfortunately).
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Re: Gauging demand for GMAT tutoring

There is a thread in another forum, but it would be inappropriate to post the link on this forum.
Just google 'GMAT, Geneva', and it should be listed in the results.
How useful the posts are is another matter ...... and it's a bit second hand.

For more general results, try 'GMAT, Switzerland'.

But here's a previous thread from this forum: Gmat test - personal experiences???

Ain't google, great? (Even for academics).
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Re: Gauging demand for GMAT tutoring

Yeah, I did run those searches on both this site and google, but there were two main problems.

First, many posts are dated several years ago; so it'd be nice if I could gather some recent data. The GMAT in particular may be prone to cyclical demand shifts (2008 immediately comes to mind).

Second, my three questions were not addressed, especially in the perspective of a grad student with only English skills looking for part time work. I would guess this particular demographic (ie, a quant-inclined American interested in studying in Switzerland) is not common now, but could rise in popularity. So why not create this informative thread that directly addresses some important questions?

That said, there's nothing wrong with just linking relevant threads; superior searching skills are still welcome contributions.
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Re: Gauging demand for GMAT tutoring

Firstly on the cash flow, if you can't provide proof of sufficient funds to be able to live here while doing your course, you simply won't get permission for a permit and that's the end of the matter. So if you can't show you have between CHF 21,000 and 31,000 per year (depending on the location of the university and personal demands) when you make your application you can forget it. What you may or may not be able to earn once you're here doesn't come into the equation.

Secondly, students are only allowed to work a maximum of 15 hours a week so bear that in mind. I'm also not sure that private lessons for others would be allowed with a student permit as you'd be self-employed. Hopefully someon else can clarify that.

You can find more about studying in Switzerland here:

http://www.temp.crus.ch/information-...rland.html?L=2
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