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i am a Greek engineer, looking for a job at zurich from august 2012 aswell!
i have got a beng and msc from a british university in london,but unfortunately i only speak greek and english.

most job positions in switzerland seem to ask for french or german together with english language skills!this is a bit dissapointing,but i hope i am going to find my way through a job maybe in a bar/restaurant or something like that for a start...

sofi i wish you luck with your search...keep focused!
Welcome to Switzerland!

I hope you will enjoy it here.

A short bit of warning though...

What brings you here?

If it's mountains, lakes, etc you won't be disappointed.

If you're attracted by high salaries, beware. They may be high (although not what it used to be, due to various factors one of them being competition from abroad driving down wages) but cost of living is extremely high.

Good luck
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Old 17.07.2012, 22:02
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Re: looking for job

I am assuming a lot here I know, but it does seem strange that people think speaking English will be enough to get them a job in CH - I don't doubt that some people have found jobs like this, but it seems something of a false triumph of the English language if people think you can survive in CH without learning one of the official languages.
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I am assuming a lot here I know, but it does seem strange that people think speaking English will be enough to get them a job in CH - I don't doubt that some people have found jobs like this, but it seems something of a false triumph of the English language if people think you can survive in CH without learning one of the official languages.
I think they have their geography confused. It's the UK they need to head for.
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Re: looking for job

The suggestion to look for a job such as cleaning was to give you interactions in the right area, while at the same time provide you with a chance to learn a language.

As a non-french, non-german speaker, you would have no place to work in a Swiss hospital. a large part of nursing involves communication, does it not? with collegues, doctors and patients. It means sharing specialized information, writing notes that can be understood by others, and being able to pick up without any ambiguity and fast on others' orders (correct me if I am wrong...).
What could a nurse do in Greece, without any Greek? what patients could be helped?

Next question would concern your certifications. Are they recognized in Switzerland? they are often very country specific. YOu may have to take again tests and exams (in French, German or Italian). Seriously, verify that, do not assume it is all the same. I know of doctors who have had to start from scratch.

There are big pharma business companies - lets talk Novartis, Roche and more... they have job boards where you can look up what positions are open. There, English is the starting point, although German is still a strong requirement to get along with teams.

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I m looking for a job, not a pension kind of help so for sure i m counting on my self not the state.
I m certified and experienced. I don't think that it is a Swiss mentality to put certified and experienced people to clean hospitals. If it is that so, then it makes sense that the country lucks medical personel. But i think that this is more your personal opinion and not the truth.
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