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Young couple looking to move to Switzerland

Me and my partner are looking to move to Switzerland next year around the June/July time. Iím 25 and work in the finance sector (I have qualifications in finance) but also have years of experience of working in Marketing. My partner has just recently graduated from University after studying fashion and now works blogging and website building for a clothing company. We decided on Switzerland as we are fascinated with the culture, people, country, food, scenary and much more and think it is somewhere we would really like to live.

However, we have been doing a bit of research on which city we would most like to move to but canít come to a final decision as each places offers their own unique thing

Iím just after any suggestionsÖ As I said before we are a young friendly couple, we like to get out and about/see things and do activities we have diverse interests and do not know which place would be best suited for us? We will be flying over early next year hopefully to have a look around and hopefully make a decision

Also, we will be looking for work. Would you suggest we try and sort a job out before we fly over? When we come over we will have enough money to support ourselves and rent a property for a good few months and was planning to hopefully find work in that time. Although we both specialize in our own areas we would be willing to work in any sector/job as long as it would cover our cost of living.

As far as im aware we are allowed up to 90 days then we need to declare our residency there, can you please let me know if this is correct?

Any feedback would be much appreciated

Thanks guys,
Brad & Anna
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Old 06.11.2012, 13:49
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Re: Young couple looking to move to Switzerland

I think i would try to find a job before picking a city.

Do you speak German - french - Italian? That may have an influence also.

I live in basel and i love it. Well no, i moved over the Basel border into France because its cheaper. Also, i do my shopping in Germany because its cheaper... than CH & FR.

I like Basel because its a good base for traveling. Plus i really like the city. Unfortunately when you try practice your german people try practice their english which at first is quite nice because it helps you to settle a bit more.

I dont know which is the best city to live but i do mike mine

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Thanks Niamhie! I can speak basic Frenchand my partner can speak basic German, we would try and get up to scratch withthis before arrival! Iíve been looking at Basel, it looks lovely.
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I’m 25 and work in the finance sector (I have qualifications in finance) but also have years of experience of working in Marketing.
As you no doubt know from reading the papers, Switzerland's largest bank has just announced massive lay-offs, and it's second largest bank is expected to announce staff reductions soon as well.

What that means is that competition for finance jobs will be much fiercer in the coming months with thousands of folks - many of whom have a lot more experience than you do - out pounding the pavement.

Sooooo it would be a risk to move over here without a firm job contract in hand. Concentrate on finding employment first.
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Sooooo it would be a risk to move over here without a firm job contract in hand. Concentrate on finding employment first.
Sounds about right!
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Re: Young couple looking to move to Switzerland

I came to Zurich 5 months ago with my partner who had a job contract secured here. I have over 6 years experience in Marketing and a college degree and have still not been able to secure employment. Problem is my German is basic also and every job here requires German or French. I would definitely advise searching for a job before you come over and also learning German.
Unless you are willing to work as a Aupair / Nanny / tour guide etc..It can be quite lonely unemployed in a country on your own..
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Me and my partner are looking to move to Switzerland next year around the June/July time. I’m 25 and work in the finance sector (I have qualifications in finance) but also have years of experience of working in Marketing. My partner has just recently graduated from University after studying fashion and now works blogging and website building for a clothing company. We decided on Switzerland as we are fascinated with the culture, people, country, food, scenary and much more and think it is somewhere we would really like to live.

Thanks guys,
Brad & Anna
....Have you actually been in Switzerland so far ?? Your fascination with so many aspects of my country is quite unusual (for me Swiss) .....I'd suggest to spend some vacation time here and test culture-people-country and food and well...decide if you really wanna come.

My 2 cents ....and thanks for your twelve points to Switzerland
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Re: Young couple looking to move to Switzerland

If you work in finance, maybe your best bet is to find a financial company in London with connections in Switzerand and work to towards a transfer. As others have said, the two largest financial institutions here are making large cuts.

You mentioned Basel. There will be financial jobs there, but the real centre od finance here is Zurich.

The other thing is unless you are planning to work for a large international organisation, a good command of the local language is essential. You mentin French but most of the finance jobs will be in the German speaking region.

Also remember that the finance world in Switzerland is an extremely small one - and a lot of jobs are found through networking.

I am not trying to discourage you, but you need to be realistic about your chances and how long it will take to find a job. And you need to have a lot of patience and persistence.

Spend time reading posts on this forum. Try to. Take some of the "complaints corner" posts with a pinch of salt but also read between the lines. There are quite a few posts from people who found jobs here after months / years of trying and their advice is worth reading.

Good luck!

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