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Taking a job for the sake of it...

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I've been offered a job for a well known Global company. It's an English speaking role but not really in the field of my expertise. It's a chance for me to work, have an income etc after being here only a few months. But the role isn't really what I want to do and the commute is 100km per day.

I'm studying German at the moment as I need German to do what I want to do , HR, but am I being a little naive in turning down a job?
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Take the job and keep looking.

You can learn to love it and love to learn it.

A job in the pocket is worth 100 in the internet.
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Old 15.08.2011, 12:04
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

I you want to work, haven't found something else and can handle the commute, then why not? It might turn out to be a great job.

If you are likely to leave at the first opportunity, then it may look bad on your CV. Maybe you should ask an HR expe... Oh.
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

It's much easier to find a job when you have a job
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

just remember once you have the job a second opportunity will come up right after. Everytime I got a job, I got offered another one that I actually wanted.......

its like being single.....you cant get a gf but if you are taken they swarm you like bees....
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

That's happened a few times to me.

The role will encompass a small amount of HR exposure, but ultimately the role is a PA role. I know I can do it and try to enjoy it.
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Old 15.08.2011, 13:17
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Hi

I've been offered a job for a well known Global company. It's an English speaking role but not really in the field of my expertise. It's a chance for me to work, have an income etc after being here only a few months. But the role isn't really what I want to do and the commute is 100km per day.

I'm studying German at the moment as I need German to do what I want to do , HR, but am I being a little naive in turning down a job?
yeah. definitely take it. you'll get money and experience.
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Old 15.08.2011, 13:26
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

Take it.

Some thing is better than nothing. It's just a gate, after you enter inside you'll find a lot of paths. Probably the one which you might be looking for and congrats in advance
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

My only concern is that from the job searches I have done, working in HR in Zurich REQUIRES German as an absolute.

So in taking a English speaking role I will not be able to put the time and effort that I can at the moment into the German. Also, I could do evening classes but it just won't be the same.

So my dilema is take the job I don't really want and sacrifice the German OR don't take the job and really work on the German and look for a job closer to my skill set and what I want.......
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My only concern is that from the job searches I have done, working in HR in Zurich REQUIRES German as an absolute.

So in taking a English speaking role I will not be able to put the time and effort that I can at the moment into the German. Also, I could do evening classes but it just won't be the same.

So my dilema is take the job I don't really want and sacrifice the German OR don't take the job and really work on the German and look for a job closer to my skill set and what I want.......
won't there be german people at work? if so, maybe you'll find that interacting with them will be useful german practice...
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My only concern is that from the job searches I have done, working in HR in Zurich REQUIRES German as an absolute.

So in taking a English speaking role I will not be able to put the time and effort that I can at the moment into the German. Also, I could do evening classes but it just won't be the same.

So my dilema is take the job I don't really want and sacrifice the German OR don't take the job and really work on the German and look for a job closer to my skill set and what I want.......
Work and take German classes at same time. You don't need to sacrify anything.

It's even better when you can practise what you learn communicating with others at work or locals outside (coop, migros, street, bus-station).

I had to work, study and take German classes. It was not easy, though



Good luck with that.
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Hi

I've been offered a job for a well known Global company. It's an English speaking role but not really in the field of my expertise. It's a chance for me to work, have an income etc after being here only a few months. But the role isn't really what I want to do and the commute is 100km per day.

I'm studying German at the moment as I need German to do what I want to do , HR, but am I being a little naive in turning down a job?
There is never a question of taking the job when one needs the money. But if you have the opportunity to continue looking, then why not do so? You have dogs, so you will have to hire a dog walker/dog sitter and if have a long commute each way, you need to take this into consideration.

As for learning German, if you work full time and with a long commute, do you see yourself taking evening classes?

My advice would be to use the time now to enroll in a German course, talk to everyone, anywhere, who will listen to you (including your partner even if it pains him) and keep job hunting, if you can afford not to take this opportunity. Good luck with your decision.
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There is never a question of taking the job when one needs the money. But if you have the opportunity to continue looking, then why not do so? You have dogs, so you will have to hire a dog walker/dog sitter and if have a long commute each way, you need to take this into consideration.

As for learning German, if you work full time and with a long commute, do you see yourself taking evening classes?

My advice would be to use the time now to enroll in a German course, talk to everyone, anywhere, who will listen to you (including your partner even if it pains him) and keep job hunting, if you can afford not to take this opportunity. Good luck with your decision.
Yes you have hit the nail on the head for me. The dog would need a dog sitter which at the rates here is 40chf per hour per day and it would need to be daily. The cost of fuel is another issue 100chf a week with the distance I am doing. THE HOURS OF WORK 45 HOURS min!! Is that normal here?
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

normal is 42 hours a week. 41.5 actually if im not mistaken. 4-5 weeks holiday....

dogsitter can be easily found for 25 a day, Mine even stays alone most of the day...he sleeps it off

driving that distance should be much more (really depending on the car tho so you might be good there)
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normal is 42 hours a week. 41.5 actually if im not mistaken. 4-5 weeks holiday....

dogsitter can be easily found for 25 a day, Mine even stays alone most of the day...he sleeps it off

driving that distance should be much more (really depending on the car tho so you might be good there)
Ok 42 hours. Wow. I'm used to 35 in they UK. Was lucky I guess.

So 25 you say for a dog sitter. Where did you find yours? Do they need a new client lol
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

I think I've made my decision....I'm not going to take it.

I dont necessarily need the money right now, as I had saved before I came to ZH with the plan to study. The only issue I am facing at the moment is that the Germinde will not let me register and in turn I cannot get a bank account without registering so my £ is not getting a good rate for CHF.

I really want to acheive a good level of German. I will struggle doing that working full time in an English speaking Company, especially doing the hours they propose. Plus I really don't think it looks good leaving after a short time, which I feel is likely to happen as I really don't want to do that particular role.
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

The 25 a day is just an old lady who is no longer capable of working. she has dogs also and is a friend of the gf family....you can easily find them...just look on anibis.ch or something...

couldnt you find a part time job? that way you are learning german, have some time to take classes and look for other jobs? Also remeber money saved up goes wayyyyyyyyyyyyy faster here than anywhere else. I could have lived in the USA for a year comfortably where here it lasted me 3-4 months....
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I think your decision is perfect!! Godbless you..



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I think I've made my decision....I'm not going to take it.

I dont necessarily need the money right now, as I had saved before I came to ZH with the plan to study. The only issue I am facing at the moment is that the Germinde will not let me register and in turn I cannot get a bank account without registering so my £ is not getting a good rate for CHF.

I really want to acheive a good level of German. I will struggle doing that working full time in an English speaking Company, especially doing the hours they propose. Plus I really don't think it looks good leaving after a short time, which I feel is likely to happen as I really don't want to do that particular role.
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Re: Taking a job for the sake of it...

As well as savings, my partner said he will support me with finances so I can study and get on my feet.

He wants me to make sure I find a job that is right for me.
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As well as savings, my partner said he will support me with finances so I can study and get on my feet.

He wants me to make sure I find a job that is right for me.
Well...

Then you have answered your own question.
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