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Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

Hi everyone, I haven't introduced myself yet and I've been putting off posting in this forum for maybe a year now, but here it goes.

My name is Florian and I was born in Basel. My family moved out to the United States back when I was a child and I have been living in the states for 11 years now. It looks as though me and my father are now moving back to Basel. I have dual citizenship.

Upon our last visit, I went to the "workforce" (berufsberatung) to see what my possibilities were. The plan has been for me to start an apprenticeship in gardening or something similar, as an apprenticeship or something similar is basically all that is open to me (I am 18 years old and have a high school diploma).

This journey may end up being very tough, as I have no idea whether or not I will be accepted into an apprenticeship or if everything else like housing will work out. I have grandparents, cousins and a number of friends in the area, however, I do not plan on living with my father, even though that may be the only option at one point.

If an apprenticeship works out, it will not start until almost a year from now, so I have a lot of time and would like to work/do something and at least make a little money.

Basically, my main question is:

Is there any way that I would be able to work "temporarily" for anyone out there? Does anyone here from Basel have any suggestions? I understand that I may not be able to get payed very much, but as long as it is something, I am really considering almost anything.

Thanks!
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Re: Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

When you get here you'll have a better chance to find a job.

Try Adecco, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets/stores, etc.

Have you looked into university?
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Re: Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

Right..

I do wish to study and go to University, however, it seems that I would need another school year and know how to speak fluent French. It's all not very sure as things are just so different from the American system.
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I do wish to study and go to University, however, it seems that I would need another school year and know how to speak fluent French. It's all not very sure as things are just so different from the American system.
Are you sure you need fluent French in a German speaking university?
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Re: Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

That's actually what I was told when I went to the berufsberater. However, I think the biggest problem is needing another school year and what that involves. I swear the American education system has unbelievably low standards for what is considered normal schooling and this can of course vary, but my experience with it has not been well. I don't know what I would have to expect. Anyway, I really do prefer to get working physically as soon as possible.
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Re: Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

The language required to study at Basel University is German. I understand that some courses in Zürich are in English. French is not an official language of Basel, and, border workers aside, is not that widely spoken.
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Re: Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

Ok. Well, you'll really have to wait until you get here. Adecco is a good temp agency for you. Also the RAV often has construction work, maybe you'll be luck and they will have some landscaping work. Either way, if you want to be landscaper, they (the RAV) will be able to tell you what you need to do and maybe how to start you own business one day.

I dont' speak german, but I found this in Fribourg about studying horticulture which has FR & DE. Maybe search for the same in Basel.
http://www.fr.ch/iag/fr/pub/formations/cftn.htm

Good luck!

And PS, not that I'm pushing you to go to uni (LOL) see if your library has this book: The New Global Student by Maya Frost. It talks about US students going to uni abroad. It might give you some insight maybe not for CH but it might give you some ideas.
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Re: Moving back to Basel and looking for temporary work

Interesting! Thanks for the replies. Throwing out those names like Adecco and the RAV helps, as I really didn't know about them.
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