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Career change- hr

Hi Everyone,

a "crazy" idea occurred to me. After finishing an English Language and Lit. University (with Pedagogy) and MA , I am considering changing my career, as unfortunately I have no idea what kind of employment possibilities I might have here in Switzerland with my profession being a non-native speaker with a foreign diploma. Therefore, I am thinking about studying the field of HR (Human Resources) with the hope of finding future employment... I was wondering what should I start with and where? Did anyone study HR here in Switzerland? Could you please advise me where to start? I would also like to know how many years of study would this mean and if it worths it or not?

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Why do you want to "study" HR? What is it that interests you? Where do you see your chances as a non native speaker?

Have a look around, there are opportunities to get in at junior level.

Looking at our people from HR, one psychologist, one person that worked in hotels, a linguist, and so on.

Says another linguist who now works in Finance
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Hi Everyone,

a "crazy" idea occurred to me. After finishing an English Language and Lit. University (with Pedagogy) and MA , I am considering changing my career, as unfortunately I have no idea what kind of employment possibilities I might have here in Switzerland with my profession being a non-native speaker with a foreign diploma. Therefore, I am thinking about studying the field of HR (Human Resources) with the hope of finding future employment... I was wondering what should I start with and where? Did anyone study HR here in Switzerland? Could you please advise me where to start? I would also like to know how many years of study would this mean and if it worths it or not?

Thanks in advance!
Try applying for HR starting jobs. You dont need a degree in HR to work in HR. Of course, if you dont soeak German then you will be limited to English-speaking companies.
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I am mostly interested in recruitment. I find it interesting and also challenging. I believe I could do great on this field. I would love working with people and a this kind of job would also suit my personality. So dreaming... I think being a non native speaker would not actually mean a problem as my English is good and I have lived six months in Ireland before, and also worked as an English teacher in another country. I speak two other European languages and my German is soon going to be B1 level. I am constantly learning new things and I enjoy doing that.

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Try applying for HR starting jobs. You dont need a degree in HR to work in HR. Of course, if you dont soeak German then you will be limited to English-speaking companies.
Thank you for the idea! I might try it. I'm hoping to get my German at B2 level by the end of the Summer.

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I am mostly interested in recruitment.
thought about a recruitment job also?
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thought about a recruitment job also?
Yes. I'm constantly looking...
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Re: Career change- hr

good luck try linkedin/glassdoor etc - lots of jobs on there
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good luck try linkedin/glassdoor etc - lots of jobs on there
Thank you!
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Thank you!
also, ive worked in HR for a short while as part of my graduate scheme and recruitment is only one aspect of HR which can be fun/exciting and its not everyday you'd be recruiting someone (depending on the size of the company), other responsibilities in HR aren't all very exciting too!

but you have many options with english lit
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Re: Career change-

Sorry to burst your bubble but your "crazy" idea is in fact quite mundane - how many who have studied humanities at a higher level are earning a living in said field?
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Hi Everyone,

a "crazy" idea occurred to me. After finishing an English Language and Lit. University (with Pedagogy) and MA , I am considering changing my career, as unfortunately I have no idea what kind of employment possibilities I might have here in Switzerland with my profession being a non-native speaker with a foreign diploma. Therefore, I am thinking about studying the field of HR (Human Resources) with the hope of finding future employment... I was wondering what should I start with and where? Did anyone study HR here in Switzerland? Could you please advise me where to start? I would also like to know how many years of study would this mean and if it worths it or not?
It's not clear to me what your nationality or legal status is. Are you free to work in Switzerland? Are you eligible for an internship? If you don't want to study for an HR qualification, one obvious path would be to try to get an intern position in HR. That said, if you're at B1 German level, you would struggle to work in a German-speaking company.

Any particular reason for HR? As the previous poster said, it's hardly a "crazy" idea (or not the sort of crazy you're thinking of). You'll find many on here rather cynical about corporate HR people.
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It's not clear to me what your nationality or legal status is. Are you free to work in Switzerland? Are you eligible for an internship? If you don't want to study for an HR qualification, one obvious path would be to try to get an intern position in HR. That said, if you're at B1 German level, you would struggle to work in a German-speaking company.

Any particular reason for HR? As the previous poster said, it's hardly a "crazy" idea (or not the sort of crazy you're thinking of). You'll find many on here rather cynical about corporate HR people.
Hi,
I have a B work permit, EU citizen. I would like to change job the latest at the end of the Summer so I am trying to see what my options are.
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Re: Career change- hr

Tons of people with a humanities background in HR. Where else would they go No offence, just some banter Especially as this is coming from an HR idiot, though one with a purely business & econ background and a non-standard HR job. Yes that exists

Plenty of jobs around. Whether German is needed depends on where you're looking - the more local the less you will obviously get away without speaking/writing/understanding a local languages too at least B2 if not C1. You can try major agencies (Michael Page, Alexander Mann, Kelly, Adecco and the like). Recruitment tends to be flexible to take on anyone even if zero experience. Really big corporate is unlikely to happen as most recruitment activity is outsourced and at least for now largely offshored - what remains is on the senior level, aka not accessible for you at the moment. They are also pickier in terms of experience.

Switzerland does not have a dynamic, fast-moving labor market so if you want to find something by the end of summer, you better get to it now and start sending out resumes. And best to come up with a good cover letter as to why you're interested in transitioning into recruitment.

The majority of Swiss who work in HR have at most completed a certification (Personalfachfrau/-mann) which is essentially a course for the basics in HR processes, some local labor laws etc. I can't remember how long the course is, maybe 3 or 4 semesters. It's enough for most companies, though again probably not big corporate (whether that is appropriate or not is up for debate). I do not see how this certificate would be relevant for recruitment, though companies may ask for it more or less by default. The course is taught in German (well or French if you're in that part of the country).
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Tons of people with a humanities background in HR. Where else would they go No offence, just some banter Especially as this is coming from an HR idiot, though one with a purely business & econ background and a non-standard HR job. Yes that exists

Plenty of jobs around. Whether German is needed depends on where you're looking - the more local the less you will obviously get away without speaking/writing/understanding a local languages too at least B2 if not C1. You can try major agencies (Michael Page, Alexander Mann, Kelly, Adecco and the like). Recruitment tends to be flexible to take on anyone even if zero experience. Really big corporate is unlikely to happen as most recruitment activity is outsourced and at least for now largely offshored - what remains is on the senior level, aka not accessible for you at the moment. They are also pickier in terms of experience.

Switzerland does not have a dynamic, fast-moving labor market so if you want to find something by the end of summer, you better get to it now and start sending out resumes. And best to come up with a good cover letter as to why you're interested in transitioning into recruitment.

The majority of Swiss who work in HR have at most completed a certification (Personalfachfrau/-mann) which is essentially a course for the basics in HR processes, some local labor laws etc. I can't remember how long the course is, maybe 3 or 4 semesters. It's enough for most companies, though again probably not big corporate (whether that is appropriate or not is up for debate). I do not see how this certificate would be relevant for recruitment, though companies may ask for it more or less by default. The course is taught in German (well or French if you're in that part of the country).
Thank you very much for your reply and your willingness to help!
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