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Quick Questions!

Hello all,

I am a high school graduate from the United States and ever since I visited Switzerland last winter, I have always dreamed of working there one day.

I am taking a leap year, so the year of 2012 & 2013 will be completely off for me. I will resume school the following year.

I am looking for a job in Switzerland that would allow me to live there and survive, even if I do not profit any money.

I am a photographer by trade, and am well known in the live music photography world. I have quite a bit of experience for my age, and am also fluent in programs such as photoshop and lightroom.

Is it possible to find a job in Switzerland with these credentials? I was also looking at working at a ski resort... anything that'll let me survive in Switzerland!

Cheers,
Gino
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Re: Quick Questions!

You will only know if you try it.
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You do realise that you'll need a work permit...
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I'm sorry, I'm completely new to this...

I am not sure where to look for these kinds of jobs.
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Re: Quick Questions!

Honestly, it will be quite hard for you to find a job without
some kind of EU passport.

Do you have more than US citizenship? i.e. Do you
also have citizenship to another country within the
EU zone?

If not, maybe your grandparent came from Europe.
It may be possible to get citizenship via a grandparent.

Perhaps, you could come take a language course
for a few months over here. German, French, and
Italian are the main languages here.
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Re: Quick Questions!

Thank you Holliday,

I do have a valid Italian passport. I know a bit of Italian and German, but nowhere near fluent. I am a fast learner, though

I feel like the market for a photographer is low in Switzerland...

What about working at a ski resort? What is needed to be a maintenance guy, cleaner, etc..

Cheers,
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Thank you Holliday,

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What about working at a ski resort? What is needed to be a maintenance guy, cleaner, etc..

Cheers,
Hello, greetings from a friendly user here.

From my limited knowledge,
I think the Ski resorts are having their own share of problems with high CHF against EUROS. I think it is pointless to try there.

I also think the barrier to entry for males outside CH is higher than females. Females can at least do some nanny, aupair work.

Have you tried asking a swiss friend or someone here for summer jobs (like picking grapes and strawberries in Aargau)? Those jobs are short term but they can give you some money and some even give you a room for that time.
Sorry I do not have any links to these.

You are right about Photographers...very limited market, esp if you cannot speak local.

Keep looking, I am sure some kind soul here will come up with some good suggestions.
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Thank you Holliday,

I do have a valid Italian passport. I know a bit of Italian and German, but nowhere near fluent. I am a fast learner, though

I feel like the market for a photographer is low in Switzerland...

What about working at a ski resort? What is needed to be a maintenance guy, cleaner, etc..

Cheers,
With a valid Italian passport, you are allowed to come here an look
for a job without a problem.

If you had the funds, I would come and learn one of the languages.
With German, you have the best chance to get a job IMHO.

You could always try menial work until you got established. Sorry,
but I do not know much about the photography market.
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Re: Quick Questions!

I think trying to find work at a ski resort/hotel would be easier than trying to make it as a freelance photographer. Switzerland is also a really expensive place to live if you don't have a job. There are several music festivals in Switzerland (like Stimmen, Montreux Jazz Festival, etc. you can probably find a lot of info on Google) but not sure how it works with photographers, or if they are usually just looking for volunteer/non-paid workers. There is also this website for teens but it is in French or German http://www.adosjob.ch/. Or maybe you can try working at an English Summer Camp or something like that: http://www.esl-schools.org/en/englis...witzerland.htm (google for others).
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Jobs in Ski resorts through UK operators

You can try finding a job in a ski resort through natives a UK web-site give advice on finding a job and have advertisers. You may be able to have a temporary job in switz with an english run chalet company etc
http://www.natives.co.uk/
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