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Old 06.08.2019, 12:25
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Re: Vitamin B: Is it that compulsory to have it in CH?

Build your network. Utilise every single contact you made during your studies here. Research all your lecturers, professors, students from your group, researchers in the faculty, guest lecturers. See who knows whom, who has collaborated with whom in which projects. Keep expanding and updating your own records of this network and the many connections between those people.

Invite some of those on your level out for lunch, one at a time, and ask them how they're faring and what they've been doing, and who they've met, since graduation.

Before you meet them, try to research their networks, too (schools, professions of parents or siblings, business interests, etc.) ... depending on what they've chosen to make public online.

For those senior to you, ask them if you may please have an appointment to come and ask them for some advice. If they agree to see you, make sure you've read up about their work before you get there. Take along your cv. Tell them what interests you (and if true why there's a connection to their work) and what you've been doing to try to find employment. Don't complain, but simply ask for suggestions of how you could better approach things to find employment.

After a few weeks, write to thank them for having taken the time to see you. Mention any part of their advice which you have already implemented.

When you do get a job, write again to let them know and to thank them for their suggestions when you visited them.

Bit by bit, you'll be growing your own Vitamin B.

And: if you don't already have a good command of German, then my advice is learn German, learn German, learn German. Even if a company's business language has been defined as English, the casual conversations in a coffee break can be so much more useful if you understand the locals.
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