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From South Africa

Hello! My name is Wade

I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I began my career as a Cabin Crew Member and I am still enjoying every moment of it!

I live with my Mom, however we are considering to immigrate to Switzerland as South Africa is becoming more and more challenging to live in.

Would appreciate some assistance and information from fellow members please share your experience with me!

Are there any job opportunities that are suitable for English speaking candidates? (willing to learn German)

I am a mature, self-motivated and hardworking individual, who always strives to achieve the highest standard possible, at any given task. I have developed excellent communication skills and I have the ability and experience to relate to a wide range of people.

High School: University of Cambridge

Standard Obtained: Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Work experience: 5 years, as Cabin Crew

Languages: English and Afrikaans

Age: 24

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Re: From South Africa

Welcome to the forum Wade.

My other half was also born and raised in Johannesburg, and he's found Afrikaans to be a great help when learning German, as quite a few words are the same or very similar to either English or Afrikaans, e.g. lekker!

Do you happen to have dual nationality? My OH holds SA and Greek passports, and it's the Greek (E.U.) one that makes it easier for him to work here than if he only had his SA one. If you don't have an E.U. passport, you'll need a confirmed job offer before coming here.

I've got 10yrs experience in Business Travel and it's not worth a jot without the German to back it up, so start learning now. There are jobs for native English speakers in travel, but employers also expect you to have a good degree of proficiency in the office language, so German, French or Italian depending on where you want to be. The easiest, and free way to get started is doing a bit a day on Duolingo. www.duolingo.com

If you and your mum start now, it will be a great help. Only wish I'd known about it 5mths ago.



Good luck!
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Re: From South Africa

Thank you Blueangel !

Yes I can believe that Afrikaans will be a great advantage when learning German

Yes I have dual-nationality South African and Swiss.

I'm hoping that my experience as Cabin Crew will have some advantage of making it easier to find a job in the Travel / Hospitality industry. Do you perhaps know of any websites where I can submit my CV?

I will definitely have a look at Duolingo and start brushing up on my German Thank you so much for the info!
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I'm hoping that my experience as Cabin Crew will have some advantage of making it easier to find a job in the Travel / Hospitality industry. Do you perhaps know of any websites where I can submit my CV?
Quite a lot of my colleagues in the UK were former cabin crew, so business travel would be a good option to explore. They're usually very successful in this business because they're used to the more demanding client. I've added a few of the loads of weblinks I've viewed below.

One thing to consider is that, as with much of mainland Europe, the hospitality industry is viewed as a profession, so many posts require a degree. Business travel would require a lot of inhouse training, but the freebies and staff discounts are more than worth it if you still have the travel bug.

If you are cabin crew with Kulula, maybe a career as a stand up comedian?

http://www.zurich-airport.com/the-co...r/job-openings

http://www.jordico.com/122-companies...n-switzerland/

https://switzerland.xpatjobs.com/sea...e=25&min_date=
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Re: From South Africa

Try a hostie job with swiss
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Re: From South Africa

The Auslandschweizer-Organisation has information on its website for Swiss returnees. Also see the links at the right on this page:

http://aso.ch/en/consultation/back-to-switzerland

Good luck to you!

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In addition to Swiss, these are other Switzerland-based airlines which might be worth reviewing for cabin crew jobs:

https://www.flyedelweiss.com/DE/abou...ew-member.aspx

https://www.etihadregional.com/en-us/about-us/careers/

http://hcc.helvetic.com/hcc/home

http://flyskywork.com/de/unternehmen/karriere

http://www.comluxaviation.com/careers/

http://www.jet-professionals.com/emea/careers.html ??

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Re: From South Africa

Hi,
Also from Johannesburg.
I would start by checking with all the local carriers for cabin crew positions, as you have a few years experience it might be a foot in the door to Switzerland and you can move into something else in time.
Good luck!
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