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Prospects in Geneva

Hello everyone,

I've recently been turning over in my head the idea of moving to Switzerland (Geneva/Vaud) for personal reasons (my girlfriend lives there) and was wondering if anyone here could give me a reasonable assessment of my chances of finding work in the area.

I'm 23, British, graduated a year ago with a BA in european languages, then been teaching English for a year in Japan before returning to the UK a few months ago. I speak decent French but I'm worried it wouldn't be good enough for a lot of jobs. The only experience I have is in english teaching and casual bar/restaurant work. I wouldn't be picky initially and would prepared to take on something unskilled for the short term.

Is it easy to find casual work in the area that isn't terribly paid? And what is the situation with permits, do you need one before you start looking for work or will your employer get you one (for an EU national)?
Do you see any prospects of a British graduate with relatively little experience, and some French proficiency but not completely fluent, getting a starting professional role in the Geneva region?

thanks a lot
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Re: Prospects in Geneva

honestly no,

maybe in an international school as a teacher...I find CH to be extremely picky and very degree orientated. meaning that you need a degree specific to any job.

and remember you earn more but you spend much much much more. up to you come on a holiday and do some interviews( if you can get any)

B permit you get once you get employement. To rent a place you need b permit....viscous circle.

Im looking at jobs in different countries right now cause I want to get out of here asap...but thats my opinion
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Re: Prospects in Geneva

Ok thanks for the honest reply,

Do you know anything about the how easy it is to find temporary, casual student-type work ie. bars, restaurants, shop assistants etc.? Do you think it would be an issue getting a job like that without already having a permit?

cheers for the help
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Re: Prospects in Geneva

are you fluent in Japanese? .... any European languages?

trry researching the UN... start here by clicking on any agency in Geneva... you will eventually on each site find a link to job ops...


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If you can live with your girl friend then it's a maybe. But otherwise your low salary here (Lots of competition for language teaching jobs) would make living alone very difficult. If you are British you can come here as often as you like, but need a permit before you actually work here. Next time you are here ask at the language schools about employment: most offer only part time work.
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... language schools about employment: most offer only part time work.
The U.N. is often looking for highly skilled translators ( we just hired two JP-Eng. translators ) ... full time... and half decent pay grade.
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Ok thanks for the honest reply,

Do you know anything about the how easy it is to find temporary, casual student-type work ie. bars, restaurants, shop assistants etc.? Do you think it would be an issue getting a job like that without already having a permit?

cheers for the help
For UK nationals the work permit is not an issue. It is issued automatically the moment you sign a contract.
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Hello everyone,

I've recently been turning over in my head the idea of moving to Switzerland (Geneva/Vaud) for personal reasons (my girlfriend lives there) and was wondering if anyone here could give me a reasonable assessment of my chances of finding work in the area.

I'm 23, British, graduated a year ago with a BA in european languages, then been teaching English for a year in Japan before returning to the UK a few months ago. I speak decent French but I'm worried it wouldn't be good enough for a lot of jobs. The only experience I have is in english teaching and casual bar/restaurant work. I wouldn't be picky initially and would prepared to take on something unskilled for the short term.

Is it easy to find casual work in the area that isn't terribly paid? And what is the situation with permits, do you need one before you start looking for work or will your employer get you one (for an EU national)?
Do you see any prospects of a British graduate with relatively little experience, and some French proficiency but not completely fluent, getting a starting professional role in the Geneva region?

thanks a lot
depends on what you mean by professional role. there are plenty of immigrants of all educational standards here. work is available for english speakers but living costs are VERY high
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The U.N. is often looking for highly skilled translators ( we just hired two JP-Eng. translators ) ... full time... and half decent pay grade.
BUT you have to have passed the UN translation exam which isn't a walk in the park i hear.
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trry researching the UN... start here by clicking on any agency in Geneva... you will eventually on each site find a link to job ops...
A job at the UN would be lovely, but I think very few would even look at hiring people with no experience and without a specialised degree. Even a translation job would, i imagine, require a post-graduate qualification in interpreting and as Shorrick says they have their own exams too. I can however speak Japanese and Spanish as well so if there are any vacancies that require these I guess they'd be useful.

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depends on what you mean by professional role
Basically I just mean a job that is the starting point of a career rather than a part-time or casual job if you know what I mean. Here in the UK I have been applying to stuff in sales and marketing so probably something similar, although I'm really not picky.

Can anyone help me with detailed info about language schools/teaching jobs?
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A job at the UN would be lovely, but I think very few would even look at hiring people with no experience and without a specialised degree. Even a translation job would, i imagine, require a post-graduate qualification in interpreting and as Shorrick says they have their own exams too. I can however speak Japanese and Spanish as well so if there are any vacancies that require these I guess they'd be useful.

all I can say is have a look at those links I posted above.. you might be surprised. ( as per my PM to you ) and a tip`? ... if you go into the job search with a "they won't hire me anyway" attitude...........they won't

just trying to help



EDIT.. this is the language school that the UN runs a number of courses thru...
http://www.bell-school.ch/en/General/index.php
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