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[Need information] Private tutoring opportunities for students

Hello everyone,
I'm an italian student who will be starting at ETH in September. As most of the other students I'm a bit worried about the cost of living here and would like to do some small job to relief my parents of some expenses.
In my country I've done some private tutoring to other students, which helped me save some money. I already secured a job as a teacher assistant at ETH but maybe I could do some private lesson (or babysitting)? I'd like to know how this works here: in Italy, where I'm from, usually no one does a contract for this kind of stuff so this would not count in my weekly hours limit (you can't work more than 15h\week if you're a student). Is it the same in Zurich? How can you find this kind of jobs?

By the way I'm a computer science undergraduate and I have experience with programming and websites creation... maybe I can find something with this credential?
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Re: [Need information] Private tutoring opportunities for students

Hello and welcome!
First of all I guess we'd need a bit more info: you have a job as teacher's assistant as a doctoral student? Have you been informed of what percentage and what amount of money you will finally receive?
These are quite crucial elements, as with a percentage of 50% or more, it might be well enough to survive, even though maybe you'd be a bit tight on the money.
In any other cases, and you will soon figure out by yourself, Switzerland is not Italy. In good AND bad terms . This means that you can get in trouble for working without a proper contract: provided you need a second job, I would really rather suggest you try waiting tables (also excellent for picking up the language fast) or get a small percentage job as a programmer, with a contract.
Good luck with everything!
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Re: [Need information] Private tutoring opportunities for students

Thank you for the info! I'm sure that Swiss people are more strict on contracts than Italian and I won't try to work without one In Italy it would just be impossible to find a job as a private tutor with a contract!

My job is as a teacher assistant for bachelor students (I'm a master student). What is a percentage? I still don't know how many hours I'll be working so I have a big question mark on my head as for how much money I'm going to make.

I might try to get into the predoctoral program, but I won't count on it! I think competition might be thight!
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