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Hello, All the best to your hubby for his interview! For my hubby's interview, I was also flown over (from UK), plus meals etc covered for us both. We also had a second trip where we met with relocation consultant for a 'tour', which was also all expenses paid. It might be worth inquiring about this, it could be a good opportunity to source accommodation / apartment ahead of your move or get an idea of what to bring with you that would suit your preferred style of accommodation.
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The enthusiasm of the OP reminds me of our own excitement when I was first told about the vacancy in Switzerland. It was a long process though. The whole thing took about 2 months, then it was another month before starting.

I'm surprised no one has said it, so I had better do it: don't get too carried away if your husband has only reached the first face-to-face interview stage. It's obviously very encouraging if he's got to that point but there may be several other candidates invited. If he's the only one, that would be a good sign.

I've been here more than 3 years now (from the UK), and love it. The beauty of the country has never faded, and despite what some people say, I have found nothing but friendliness and politeness from the Swiss.

If you do make it here, don't underestimate the tendency for the 'honeymoon period' to wear off for some people -- particularly 'trailing spouses'. It might be different if you have kids as you'll have plenty to occupy you, and you'll make friends with other parents, but for some it gets very boring after 6 months or so.

Zug is a nice town, but your man will need a good salary if you hope to live in the area (www.Homegate.ch). In fact, salary can be quite a sticking point. It's OK to be offered a job but a family of 4 would ideally need a salary in excess of 150K to have a decent (not luxurious) standard of living. Can be done for less I'm sure but things are expensive here. If he is offered a position he needs to scrap for every franc he can get, plus relocation expenses etc.

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The bottom line here is to "just ask", they will be upfront about what they will and won't pay for. It won't be considered rude, so don't be shy, you have nothing to lose.

Given your family situation, I would also suggest introducing the idea of some sort of "relocation" package to help you get settled.
- transportation of belongings
- help to find accommodation
- setting up of bank accounts, a short tour and introduction
- etc.

the size and value of the package of course will be negotiable (if available), but if you don't ask, you won't receive.
Thank you very much for your advice particularly regarding a relocation package. This is obviously something we would be very interested in.
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This is my 4th time in Switzerland; I work as a contractor so it was never a permanent move for me. First time was for 4 years, worked with a fab. Team, but the company changed (sold), people left, I got their work, and I left too. I worked in other countries then got an offer to come back again for a short contract. I met someone here, came back for another contract. Came back again to a permanent job. See myself here for another five years, not sure after that.
4th time?! Well you clearly love it

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It takes time to adjust; some people find some things harder than others. You will miss things, but if you can replace them new things, rather than trying to recreate your old things here.

Small example: I watch TV, but standard Swiss TV is not good, so now I download TV and create my own TV channel. Ok I donít have the TV shows I would watch in UK but I am happy with what I have replaced it with. I now canít stand normal TV because of the advert; my own channel does not have any
Good advice! I don't watch a huge amount of TV except for CBeebies Please tell me they have kids TV lol!?
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I came for a year.....nearly 30 years ago..... and love it.
Flight paid for interview? My flight wasnt even paid to relocate. I was poor, so came from England on a 24 hr train journey. Happy days!
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Fourteen years for me. The OH got headhunted by a firm here and so we moved. It's worked for us. We recently bought a house so must improve our French (level: abysmal at present) as we no longer have an agent to arrange for repairs/replacements when things go wrong. But we manage and don't really think of moving back home. This is where our future is for the time being.
Wow! 14 years. I know where to go if I need advice If you don't mind me asking, where do you live? You must be very settled now?
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I was paid my travel expenses when I had my interview (from York to Basel). I think it is a good sign because they wouldn't waste money if they weren't interested. I was the only person that wasn't from near the city that got an interview (and I got one of the positions!) so I'd hope it's a sign of a strong candidate.
Obviously not a done deal yet and I know how easy it is to get excited but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your husband and your family!
Thank you so much. It's good to hear of your experiences.
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Hello, All the best to your hubby for his interview! For my hubby's interview, I was also flown over (from UK), plus meals etc covered for us both. We also had a second trip where we met with relocation consultant for a 'tour', which was also all expenses paid. It might be worth inquiring about this, it could be a good opportunity to source accommodation / apartment ahead of your move or get an idea of what to bring with you that would suit your preferred style of accommodation.
Thank you for your good luck wishes and your advice That's great about your husbands company. It must have been so exciting for you also?! If my husband is offered the job (fingers very tightly crossed) I will definitely fly over there ahead of moving.
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The enthusiasm of the OP reminds me of our own excitement when I was first told about the vacancy in Switzerland. It was a long process though. The whole thing took about 2 months, then it was another month before starting.

I'm surprised no one has said it, so I had better do it: don't get too carried away if your husband has only reached the first face-to-face interview stage. It's obviously very encouraging if he's got to that point but there may be several other candidates invited. If he's the only one, that would be a good sign.
Thank you. I'm really not sure if my husband is the only candidate or if there are several. I keep reminding myself that it's early days and he may not be offered the job, but I can't to stop visiting this site!

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I've been here more than 3 years now (from the UK), and love it. The beauty of the country has never faded, and despite what some people say, I have found nothing but friendliness and politeness from the Swiss.
This is really encouraging thank you

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If you do make it here, don't underestimate the tendency for the 'honeymoon period' to wear off for some people -- particularly 'trailing spouses'. It might be different if you have kids as you'll have plenty to occupy you, and you'll make friends with other parents, but for some it gets very boring after 6 months or so.
Yes I'm hoping to be able to meet other mums. Hopefully there will be some toddler groups or equivalent that I can attend.

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Zug is a nice town, but your man will need a good salary if you hope to live in the area (www.Homegate.ch). In fact, salary can be quite a sticking point. It's OK to be offered a job but a family of 4 would ideally need a salary in excess of 150K to have a decent (not luxurious) standard of living. Can be done for less I'm sure but things are expensive here. If he is offered a position he needs to scrap for every franc he can get, plus relocation expenses etc.
This is something we have researched over and over but can't find the information we need. My husband is a Communications Manager. Anyone have any experience with salaries in this field?
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I came for a year.....nearly 30 years ago..... and love it.
Flight paid for interview? My flight wasnt even paid to relocate. I was poor, so came from England on a 24 hr train journey. Happy days!
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Yes I'm hoping to be able to meet other mums. Hopefully there will be some toddler groups or equivalent that I can attend.
Ex-pat Moms are great for meeting up out here so I think you should find some other Momís and friends pretty quickly

Donít worry about the TV, you can actually bring your sky box out here (If you maintain an English address because I donít think itís exactly legal )

We eventually disconnected ours as it was 70euro a month!!

No we have "Freefiew" & all the BBC's are on it, ITV's, All the channel 4's (E4, More4, channel 4 etc) plus Challenge etc...

We also purchased "Hide my Ass" which changes your IP address. Meaning we can connect the laptop to the TV then watch BBC Iplayer, 4oD etc.. (Normally you cannot watch these outside the UK.

Hide my ass costs us about $8 per month but Iím pretty sure you can find it free somewhere
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Thanks Niamhie, all vey good to know I just hope my husband is offered the job Next week is coming around far too slowly!
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Ooo I've read the post; she/he doesnt sound happy A lot of people are disagreeing with her as a positive to Switzerland. I'd still love the opportunity to try the country out for myself
She actually won the award for the most negative poster on the EF had a real attitude, there are challenges here and you will find it a lot more expensive than the UK but overall its a grand place and loads of opportunity and the swiss are really lovely
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She actually won the award for the most negative poster on the EF had a real attitude, there are challenges here and you will find it a lot more expensive than the UK but overall its a grand place and loads of opportunity and the swiss are really lovely
Ha really! How embarrassing! Is she heading back to where she's from?
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Ha really! How embarrassing! Is she heading back to where she's from?
We think so but actually we hope its actually to the middle of some barren desert with no people around that way there will be no need to interact with humans as that seems to be the root cause of the problem
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So my husband is off to Switzerland tomorrow - ahhh We're so nervous and so excited. I hope it's amazing for him
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Wow! 14 years. I know where to go if I need advice If you don't mind me asking, where do you live? You must be very settled now?
In a little village about 8 km (5 miles) from the city of Fribourg. It's in the central part of Switzerland; we're about half an hour's drive from Bern, 50 minutes from Lausanne, and around an hour and a half or slightly more to both Geneva and Zurich. Fribourg canton is one of the bi-lingual cantons, i.e. it borders both the French and German speaking parts so some areas speak mostly French while others are mostly German. We're in the French speaking part.

Fingers crossed for hubbie tomorrow! Don't forget your passport.
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Fingers crossed for hubbie tomorrow! Don't forget your passport.
Crikey, can you imagine
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Crikey, can you imagine
I wouldn't want to. Make doubly sure of ticket and passport okay.
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