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I will soon start a PhD in Zurich, and will be making about chf 3100/month after tax - which, as from the threads I've read on this forum, could be not enough to do things like:

eating out once a week
snowboarding on the weekends
travelling once a month / every other month
attending a music class once a week
going to gigs

Hence I am now thinking of ways to make some extra cash (working 5-10h/week), so as to bring the figure up to chf 4000/month, net.

ideas, so far: tutoring (I've done some of that in london), bartending (done in the past, but not too keen), freelance CAD draftman

Anything else that might do the job?
(for a non German speaking guy - but have already registered to an intensive German course )

PS: maybe this is relevant, but mine is a 100% employment contract

Thank you for the suggestions.

Best,
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Old 14.07.2015, 12:33
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I will soon start a PhD in Zurich, and will be making about chf 3100/month after tax - which, as from the threads I've read on this forum, could be not enough to do things like:

eating out once a week
snowboarding on the weekends
travelling once a month / every other month
attending a music class once a week
going to gigs

Hence I am now thinking of ways to make some extra cash (working 5-10h/week), so as to bring the figure up to chf 4000/month, net.

ideas, so far: tutoring (I've done some of that in london), bartending (done in the past, but not too keen), freelance CAD draftman

Anything else that might do the job?
(for a non German speaking guy - but have already registered to an intensive German course )

PS: maybe this is relevant, but mine is a 100% employment contract

Thank you for the suggestions.

Best,
All depends on your Zurich lifestyle. I know someone in the same position and similar income who lives in a flat share (own room) in Zurich, manages to have a season card for snowboarding, a GA, goes to gigs and has two overseas holidays a year.
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Old 14.07.2015, 12:47
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Re: part time/freelance job as a phd student

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I will soon start a PhD in Zurich, and will be making about chf 3100/month after tax - which, as from the threads I've read on this forum, could be not enough to do things like:

eating out once a week
snowboarding on the weekends
travelling once a month / every other month
attending a music class once a week
going to gigs

Hence I am now thinking of ways to make some extra cash (working 5-10h/week), so as to bring the figure up to chf 4000/month, net.

ideas, so far: tutoring (I've done some of that in london), bartending (done in the past, but not too keen), freelance CAD draftman

Anything else that might do the job?
(for a non German speaking guy - but have already registered to an intensive German course )

PS: maybe this is relevant, but mine is a 100% employment contract

Thank you for the suggestions.

Best,
I don't know what PhD you'll be doing, but in my case I didn't have time to even think about investing 10h/week for some other work (somehow I was never able to survive without sleep).

And well.. maybe it depends on the lifestyle, but I would say 3000 CHF/month for a single person would be more than enough - at least I managed to live in Switzerland while spending much less than that.
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Re: part time/freelance job as a phd student

Welcome to the povo life of academia!! Although you don't say what your specialty is ( architecture???? Is that the CAD thing???) I have seen in my department that native English speakers are in demand to edit journal submissions of PhDs wanting/ needing to publish. I work in medicine though where we have a publish or perish mentality. The pay will continue to be crap ( like the rest of the world in academia) until you make prof. But hey, where else can you wear thongs to work??
When you get settled you can start to ask around. Don't spread yourself too thin, we expect students to be slaves in the pursuit of knowledge. 100% means just that.....we all suffered so we expect the same!!!!!good luck and congratulations. It will be a massive achivement that will make up for the lack of wealth ( although I am secretly insanely jealous of those banker types I read about earning 1000000000 in their 20's)
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All depends on your Zurich lifestyle. I know someone in the same position and similar income who lives in a flat share (own room) in Zurich, manages to have a season card for snowboarding, a GA, goes to gigs and has two overseas holidays a year.
WOW! that's encouraging!

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Welcome to the povo life of academia!! Although you don't say what your specialty is ( architecture???? Is that the CAD thing???) I have seen in my department that native English speakers are in demand to edit journal submissions of PhDs wanting/ needing to publish. I work in medicine though where we have a publish or perish mentality. The pay will continue to be crap ( like the rest of the world in academia) until you make prof. But hey, where else can you wear thongs to work??
When you get settled you can start to ask around. Don't spread yourself too thin, we expect students to be slaves in the pursuit of knowledge. 100% means just that.....we all suffered so we expect the same!!!!!good luck and congratulations. It will be a massive achivement that will make up for the lack of wealth ( although I am secretly insanely jealous of those banker types I read about earning 1000000000 in their 20's)
hey thanks, editing sounds like a good option.

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Double, triple check the contract. Some research grants specifically outline whether you can take on additional work or not. If you and it says you can't, and someone finds out, you may lose the funding
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Double, triple check the contract. Some research grants specifically outline whether you can take on additional work or not. If you and it says you can't, and someone finds out, you may lose the funding
I second this. I am on a 100% contract that explicitly mentions that I cannot take any additional work- not even anything else in the same department that is not listed in the predetermined job specifications (even, let's say, extra photocopying) and certainly anything outside the university. So do check this before taking anything else on.
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Re: part time/freelance job as a phd student

If your nationality is non-EU, your work/residence permit will definitely not allow you to do anything other than work according to the contract you will get from your university. If you try to and are caught, the consequences could extend all the way to deportation.
Even if you are EU, your permit might restrict what you can do while in CH.

I lived in Geneva during my PhD, where the housing costs are even higher than Zurich, and did a fair amount of travelling and eating out. Find some ways to economize and you`ll be able to do all the things you listed.
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Re: part time/freelance job as a phd student

Normally you are not allowed to work more than 100%, whatever you do. And would I be your professor and I would find out that you spend your precious working time for anything else than research and your dissertation then you would see the doors from only the outside faster than you can think of!!
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