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Switzerland after 7 weeks

Thought I would post an update on my situation after 7 weeks here, not very interesting for some but may be helpful to others.....

To begin with I met my girlfriend (Swiss) July 2014 and after a year of flying to see each oter every other weekend I decided to come out here in August.

Plan was to do A1 intensive school for 12 weeks at Lingua Nova in Aarau then look for work, in England I was a metal worker / welder for 10 years so obviously was hoping to get into the same kind of work. As is unfortunately the way with forums at times, when I asked for some advice on work all the local "experts" shot it down and said it would be impossible and I may as well give up etc etc.....

To start with the school was going great, really would recommend Lingua Nova to anyone, fantastic staff and very cheap 2400chf for 12 week full time course.

After a few weeks I decided to approach some agencies and companies looking for work, didn't have much luck really and I was starting to lose a bit of faith in my master plan. But still, as is the British spirit I kept on trying, I had invested to much time and money into this for it to fail.

Then I got a break, I emailed an agency called Excellent in Lenzburg and within the hour I had a meeting and an interview set up, the following day I was offered a Job at a huge metal working company in Stetten on fantastic money. Its 3 month temporary leading onto full time if all goes well, but the way I see it, this is my foot in the door and my first swiss reference which as we all know is gold dust.

My advise to anyone who is in a similar situation or has a similar plan is just keep going, all the forum experts like to think they know it all but at the end of the day you just have to be in the right place at the right time and be confident in yourself. It hasn't been the easiest few weeks and I doubt there will not be a few bumps in the road but this is the beginning of hopefully a successful journey
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Re: Switzerland after 7 weeks

Congrats mate. I've seen time and time again people here get into positions that I would never have believed they had a shot at. Guess it just goes to show that a positive attitude and hard work can achieve a lot. Good on you!
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Re: Switzerland after 7 weeks

Thanks, only down side was having to leave my course half way through but I can hopefully pick up an evening course in the not to distant future
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Re: Switzerland after 7 weeks

Congratulations on being so positive and getting so far so fast. There will probably be setbacks from time to time but your attitude will certainly be a help in overcoming them.
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As is unfortunately the way with forums at times, when I asked for some advice on work all the local "experts" shot it down and said it would be impossible and I may as well give up etc etc.....
I read this and because I like checking, I went back over your old threads and the replies you got to them. 'All the local experts?' I saw only one person who was really negative about your chances. If you look at his 'groans' you'll see that quite a few people have disagreed with him in the past. It doesn't mean he is wrong in his opinions (the 'yes of course, it is easy' crew are no help to a newcomer either), but he might be a bit dogmatic. Maybe he likes stirring things up with a negative slant, he could have been unlucky in his own experiences here or he could simply be a realist. At least you see what you could be up against when looking for a job.

Hope all goes well for you in the future. Work at the language. Enjoy the skiing!
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Re: Switzerland after 7 weeks

Congratulations, i hope it all works out for you, evidently you're the exception to the rule as at present it seems as soon as you turn on the telly or open a local newspaper there are yet more layoffs in industry

Sunrise ditched 175 people last week and a company in Bern lost i think 50 people, and it seems ABB will be soon making announcements from what others have said here.

The construction industry seems to be still going strong but they are usually the last to layoff in a down cycle and the last to hire, i have no idea what order books look like, maybe somebody else does.
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Re: Switzerland after 7 weeks

i would have said a welder would have some pretty good chances especially if you learned german, anyway even if the economy is not going as well as usual there's always turnover and not many young people becoming metal workers, those are good jobs defended by lobbies and with collective contracts so pretty safe but kind of overlooked sometimes.
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Re: Switzerland after 7 weeks

After the hit on exchange rate in January a lot of swiss companies relying hard on specialist work like yours, and very particularly in the heavy machinery and metal industries, had to go to massive layoffs to adjust their cost.
Honestly, coming to a country for love, without a contract, without knowing the language, with specialist background right in the middle of an economy adjustment and thousands of layoffs and being so successful is something worthy of merit.

Bravo.

The moral of the story, from Goethe (now that you are into learning german :

"Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time."
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