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english lad needs help.

hi there my names mark im 25 english, born in stoke-on-trent england its near manchester,birmingham inbetween the 2. its my first time writting on here. i moved to switzerland to be with my german girlfriend i met in australia. i have been here only 2 days and feeling very isolated her family only speak german. she has a job now with long hours so i am stuck in the house going crazy i need a job fast, and could do with some guidence because i have only been here such a short time i know no german, i need a job for a english only speaking person. at the moment i am in walzenhausen and dont mind comuting to zurich if thats were the work is. any advice on finding work our just how to cope living in switzerland would be much help thanks mark.
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Old 22.05.2011, 13:29
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Re: english lad needs help.

Hi Mark. It might help if you give us an idea as to the kind of work you are qualified for etc.
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Old 22.05.2011, 14:28
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Re: english lad needs help.

Also .... how are your papers, permits?
Do you already have them sorted; are they still being processed; or ..... ?

This will also obviously effect the type of work for which you can be considered.

You profile lists your profession as plumber - could you not, with the help of your g/f, ring a few of the local ones to see if they require some "cheap" help? (you may have to settle with "cheap" to get you started, depending on your "status" and because of your lack of German - but you should understand sufficiently because of your knowledge of the work - and you, hopefully, will pick up a bit quite quickly).

If lucky, and you find something, you could end up as a bit of a "gopher", with only a bit of cash-in-hand beer money - but it would get you out and doing something, from where you may be able to progress to other things.

However this is Switzerland, where everybody does everything officially and above board - so, it may not be so easy.

Your biggest stumbling block in almost all situations, is your lack of German, so anything you can do to get a basic working knowledge can only help.

Also a bit of odd-jobbing for members of this forum, could be an option - but you need to check out the posted rules regarding advertising your services here. However, I am unsure how many EF members are nearby to your local, and you will undoubtedly need transport.

Oh ..... and thanks for reminding me where Stoke is - if I recall, 2 good things have come out of Stoke:
- 1) Oatcakes, and
- 2) the M6, heading back south, again.
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Re: english lad needs help.

thanks tim big laugh when i read bout oatcakes. erm as far as permits if you mean to work the swiss emigration site says because i am english i dont need permits to work as long as i find work in the first three months otherwise i need to do become a resident. as far as plumbing i dont realy care i will do anything labour intensive ive been in australia so i am used to doing what ever it takes to earn money. good idea bout my gf ringing round for me. i dont need to earn alot of money and yes im a pretty none stop kinda person i need get out the house. every 1 i have met so far speaks ok english so not had much of a problem there. just knowing were to start is the battle. good agencys stuff like that.
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Re: english lad needs help.

as a british citizen you don't need a work permit but you do need a resident permit. do you have one? you need to go to your gemeinde (not sure what this would be in english but your gf should explain you) in the first week (i think) after you arrive here and tell them that you intend to stay. you also need to sort out your health insurance, it is obligatory.

there are a lot of threads about both the permit regulations and health insurance on the forum, use the search function and you'll have a lot to keep you going while your girl is working!

just remember, you have to be patient with finding a job, it might not be easy (it took me 8 months to find one when i moved here...). but don't let this drag you down, focus on learning german and eventually you will find something.

good luck!
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Re: english lad needs help.

thanks for your help yes i think we go tomorrow. health insurance sounds like a nightmare but if its what i need i will get it. i think the main problem i will have with switzerland is the bordem.
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Re: english lad needs help.

If bored and trouble finding work perhaps commit to learning German five days a week (intensive). This means getting into Zurich every day, socialissing with others from all over the world and getting out of the house and being productive. Alemania is reasonably priced (about 600 per month) and seems to attract a younger crowd. There are other places you can study depending on location, cost etc. You will win some points with the g/friends folks too.
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thanks for your help yes i think we go tomorrow. health insurance sounds like a nightmare but if its what i need i will get it. i think the main problem i will have with switzerland is the bordem.
I came without a job and as my hubby works full time, I had to figure out things to do and how to get around on my own as well...

I just want to wish you some good cheer but also to let you know that although the first bit is a bit rough, once you get a feel for the place and how to get where you want to be, it is in some cases more a matter of picking and choosing from a variety of things to do, only limited by the time and money you allow yourself for such things. Not everything you may be interested in will be right on your doorstep so to speak BUT with a wide variety of people in Switzerland to begin with plus a lot of us folks from elsewhere, there is a nice variety of options for social, athletic and all sorts of other things to help occupy your time.

Good luck and chin up, it gets better!
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Re: english lad needs help.

Hey,

I am going to be in the same predicament...my partner is Swiss and has a job. I am English, do not have a job or speak German. I have therefore committed to learning German, intensively!

Then just see how things go.

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