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Nervous linguist looking for job search suggestions

Hi everybody!

I am planning to move to Switzerland next year with my Austrian partner. As I said in the title, I`m a bit nervous about finding a job. I`ve worked mostly in translation and ESL teaching so far, but it seems that there aren`t many full-time openings in Switzerland for this kind of thing.

I`m a native English speaker, with excellent French and decent German and Italian, but was thinking maybe I should develop some specific skills that are in demand here ? If anyone has any tips for jobseeking in CH or extra training to do, please share.
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Old 03.12.2015, 13:19
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

Not sure if advertising as "nervous linguist" is a desirable soft skill?

I would start from this article - there are plenty of useful info. Good luck with your job hunt

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/employme...ncies/29233180

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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

Thanks Jacek! Strangely enough, I wasn't planning on heading my applications with "nervous linguist", but thanks for the tip.
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

What nationality are you and which part of Switzerland do you plan to move to?
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

Hi Medea,

I`m a dual Irish/Australian citizen(so EU), and I`m open to moving anywhere where I find a job. Would prefer to live near a major city, but it`s not a must.
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

Shame you're a nervous linguist ..... there's plenty of opportunities for cunning ones.
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Shame you're a nervous linguist ..... there's plenty of opportunities for cunning ones.
Nervousness doesn't really tally with the kids, but they enjoy being tricked out though - so I heard
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

Well, with French being your strongest language the western part of the country might be better as that's French speaking. Not sure how much call there'd be for French translations in the German speaking part. For French you'd be looking at Geneva, Vaud, Fribourg, Neuchatel and Jura as French speaking cantons - Fribourg is dual so you get both German and French spoken here. Otherwise, apart from Ticino which is Italian the rest of Switzerland is German speaking - with their own dialects of course. Lots of NGO's based in the French part too who might need translators.

Have a look at these websites and see what you can find, they may help you see which areas might be possible.

www.jobs.ch
www.jobup.ch
www.monster.co.uk (see it has Swiss jobs advertised, you just need to change the location setting. It's sometimes stubborn about changing so just try again a bit later.)
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Hi everybody!
I am planning to move to Switzerland next year with my Austrian partner. As I said in the title, I`m a bit nervous about finding a job. I`ve worked mostly in translation and ESL teaching so far, but it seems that there aren`t many full-time openings in Switzerland for this kind of thing.
Hi - do you have translation qualifications? Switzerland is very big on formal qualifications
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for a CH job

Hey hairybadger,

Good point(there are 2 sentences I never thought I'd write). I don't have any official qualifications yet asides my degree in Linguistics, but I'm looking into getting them, for example here. http://www.ciol.org.uk/

Ah, I also thought about becoming a member of this http://new.astti.ch/web/Bienvenue_1_2.php

Swiss universities have been a bit unhelpful so far when I inquired about masters, either they ask for a stupidly high level of German(C2) or they don't have my language combo. Which is why I was considering doing something other than translation.
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Hey hairybadger,

Good point(there are 2 sentences I never thought I'd write). I don't have any official qualifications yet asides my degree in Linguistics, but I'm looking into getting them, for example here. http://www.ciol.org.uk/

Ah, I also thought about becoming a member of this http://new.astti.ch/web/Bienvenue_1_2.php

Swiss universities have been a bit unhelpful so far when I inquired about masters, either they ask for a stupidly high level of German(C2) or they don't have my language combo. Which is why I was considering doing something other than translation.
Did you look at the university of Geneva?
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Did you look at the university of Geneva?
Or the university of Neuchâtel?
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Or the university of Neuchâtel?
Or the university of Lausanne?
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Thanks Jacek! Strangely enough, I wasn't planning on heading my applications with "nervous linguist", but thanks for the tip.
I actually thought exactly the same thing as jacek... it's a bit of an oddly worded topic title.
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Or the university of Lausanne?
Hi miniMia and Carlasmom. I was looking for translations masters so I went to the only 2 universities with accredited programs, Uni of Geneva and ZHAW(Zurich). Uni Neuchâtel is more communications from what I understand. Don't know anything about Uni Lausanne.
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for job search suggestions

As far as I know, being a translator means that you are only to translate into your native language. Are you aware of that? I'm not sure they have programs for English speakers. Did you look into that?
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Re: Nervous linguist looking for job search suggestions

Hello Marischi,

I do know that, which is why I specifically inquired about programs which offer English as the target language.

Anyway, we're getting a bit off-topic. Thank you all for your university suggestions, but I'm looking more for a job. Obviously I will look for freelance translation work, but if anyone knows of something else as a kind of "ease-in" job or tips, don't hesitate to speak up. Also, if any translators in Switzerland read this and have some advice, I'd be delighted if you sent me a message.
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Shame you're a nervous linguist ..... there's plenty of opportunities for cunning ones.
Ahh you beat me to it.
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Shame you're a nervous linguist ..... there's plenty of opportunities for cunning ones.
A cunning linguist ? That sounds like a bit of a tongue twister.
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