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Old 15.04.2012, 17:03
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Hi all,

Question for you regarding employment. My partner and I are pretty settled here in Basel now. I'm working, but she is struggling to find something to be honest.

She has English, basic German and is willing to do pretty much anything (within reason obviously, and within a reasonable distance).

Previously she was an au-pair, but no formal qualifications for child-minding, despite all this experience.

It's proving very difficult to get going so to speak, we've looked at the websites, been to the agencies, but don't really feel like we're getting anywhere.

She's a very nice lass, hard working and willing to learn, it shouldn't be that hard to find something, possibly where she can improve her German and we can look at organising qualifications...

Seriously, it's a bit soul destroying after a while... any thoughts or guidance would be most appreciated.


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Old 15.04.2012, 17:27
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Re: Virtually anything will do...

Hi Iain,

I know only the website http://www.betreut.ch/ where I looked for a babysitter/nanny for my kids and dog. What I would do, is posting an ad at the local Volg, Migros, Coop,... and ususally the Gemeidehaus has a window or something where they post news, maybe they have an area for an ad. She could also stop by at Kindergarten, and ask if they need help.

Good luck,
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Hi Mcomos,

Thanks for your reply, some good suggestions there. I think popping in personally to a nursery's actually a really good idea. Why not?
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Re: Virtually anything will do...

Without qualifications, your partner is in a vulnerable position - unfortunately there are employers out there, especially in the domestic arena, who exploit young people like her, knowing that an unqualified employee has few options.

These 'pieces of paper' mean a lot in Switzerland - and often even moreso for entry level jobs.

(For example, in Mcomos' example above: I don't know about child care, but the person he/she hires to look after the dog needs to take the SKN at a minimum. Qualifications in one form or another are needed to do all sorts of things here that no one would ever think necessary elsewhere.)

Someone with impressive qualifications and skills can get away with only English in many fields - but for those without the necessary 'pieces of paper', a basic command of German is likely needed to open doors.

If your partner's German isn't to the point where she can pursue a course of study, I would make this the first priority. Get her German up to speed - this would be time well invested. And then look for jobs.

Wishing you both all the best.
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