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Finding work as a Landscape Architect

I am Australian, currently living in Singapore and about to relocate to Zurich for my husbands work.

I am nervous about the job situation in Switzerland and was hoping that someone could help out with recruitment agencies or the best places to look for work.
I have spent weeks searching online already but i always seem to come to a dead end.

Does anyone know if Landscape Architecture is popular in Switzerland?? Maybe i wont be able to work at all.

I have had a very successful career so far.....and with no kids yet and obviously no friends in Zurich i think i might be quite lonely.
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Re: Finding work as a Landscape Architect

There is one school in the German part of Switzerland that graduates landscape architects:
http://www.fachhochschulen.net/FH/St...ektur_2407.htm

Maybe you could contact them to ask where do they place their graduates and how tough the job market is?

The website for the Swiss Society for Landscape Architects is www.bsla.ch
Not sure if they would be of any help?

I only know of one big firm that includes landscape architecture, Metron in Brugg (also in Bern and Zurich). Others I've heard of seem to be tiny offices.
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Re: Finding work as a Landscape Architect

Wow, thanks so much. I think this is a good start.
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I have spent weeks searching online already but i always seem to come to a dead end... i think i might be quite lonely.
Experiencing what I now have, I would consider this a major red flag if I were in your shoes (and I was about 2 years ago). The education system here is very different from the rest of the world, which makes it hard to continue your career if you have a specific skill-set/education that is not structured in the same way here. If it is a priority for you to continue as a landscape architect, and you can't find much more information, it might be because it is called something different, or has a different path than you took. In my experience the skills matter less than having the swiss paperwork that vouches for your experience within their system.

Obviously there are exceptions, and some industries/degrees are easily employable here, but just as an example, of every expat friend I've met here, most of them well-educated (one university degree or more), not one of them is employed yet. Even after two years and language lessons.

On the other hand, I have been able to pick up random gardening work here and there without any qualifications. I know this isn't the same as a landscape architect, but at least it's in that domain. I would definitely follow up with that school a previous poster recommended to get a truer sense of what your possibilities are like here.

I would also check out the trailing spouses thread (use the search function in the upper right hand corner). Good luck.
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Re: Finding work as a Landscape Architect

Thanks Kristanez...I appreciate your honesty.

Unfortunately I always thought it could be a problem finding work.

But will keep my fingers crossed and keep looking.
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Re: Finding work as a Landscape Architect

Landscape Architecture here is reasonable profitable and in Zurich alone there are several world class businesses. Being in the industry yourself you'll recognise the names when researching. Best to contact directly and see what the er, lay of the land is.

Unless you're truly Fabbo, you'll need to source your own Permit to live here.

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Re: Finding work as a Landscape Architect

Hi!
I realize this is a very old post but was wondering how this all panned out for you? We’re you able to find work as a landscape architect and if so, was it fun financially suitable for life in Switzerland?
Would love to hear more as I am a Canadian currently looking to find work as a landscape architect in Switzerland.

Thank you
Hailee
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