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Job opportunities in Switzerland

Hello all!

I am 34 years old, married with two kids. I am from UK but have lived in southern Spain for the las 25 years, which has been great, but the work propsects aren't very good now and they don't seem to be looking any better in the near future...
We have been looking in to emigrating to another country, and my wife has a lady friend (spanish) that moved over to Switzerland looking after children for a family...
According to her, my wife would find work dead easy, apparently spanish women are well sought after for this kind of work(please correct me if I'm wrong).
Neither of us speak the lingo, my wife only speaks spanish (not a problem according to my wifes lady friend), and I am bilingual english/spanish.
I am currently working for myself here, doing all kind of building/ rebuild work, floor polishing, carpeting painting, etc, etc...

My question is, is it worth looking into finding work in Switzerland? Is the picture my wifes lady friend has painted close to the truth?

I would be greatful for any input anyone could give me...

Many thanks...
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Old 27.07.2012, 18:46
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

Perhaps unskilled work might be available. Have you considered the rather high cost of living here, not to mention difficulty in obtaining lodging ?

Plenty of threads to guide you under Employment and Daily Life.

Jobs offered on here might also be useful.

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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

Yeah, I have thought about the cost of living, and the rental prices are quite high as far as i can see on the web...
I can just about survive in Spain right now, but as the economy implodes here and the cost of living get higher its going to get very hard as far as I can see.
Its hard, since I have great experience in many technical fields, including IT, and am very able to do quality work, but the bummer is that I don't really have any titulation to prove it...
Same old story i suppose...
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

I know what you mean .. was much in the same boat re: IT. Over here, it is all about papers ( they are very risk averse ).
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

Same as most countries... I would find it hard getting back to the old UK... and I'm british!!! LOL

Oh well, I'll just keep looking, some opportunity will pop up somewhere, I'm not scared to travel to the other side of the planet if necessary!

Thanks for your swift reply and input.
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Old 27.07.2012, 20:22
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

International firms are more laxed about paper such as this ( has a Zürich DC ) and you might find a contract / ad-hoc role.
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

You may contact to some recruitment agency. I know an agency. They are very efficient to recruit people to the appropriate domain. http://peopleconnectstaffing.com/ is the website of that agency
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Hello all!

I am 34 years old, married with two kids. I am from UK but have lived in southern Spain for the las 25 years, which has been great, but the work propsects aren't very good now and they don't seem to be looking any better in the near future...
We have been looking in to emigrating to another country, and my wife has a lady friend (spanish) that moved over to Switzerland looking after children for a family...
According to her, my wife would find work dead easy, apparently spanish women are well sought after for this kind of work(please correct me if I'm wrong).
Neither of us speak the lingo, my wife only speaks spanish (not a problem according to my wifes lady friend), and I am bilingual english/spanish.
I am currently working for myself here, doing all kind of building/ rebuild work, floor polishing, carpeting painting, etc, etc...

My question is, is it worth looking into finding work in Switzerland? Is the picture my wifes lady friend has painted close to the truth?

I would be greatful for any input anyone could give me...

Many thanks...
there is already lots of unskilled female labour here (especially Portuguese and Latin American) so hard to believe that your wife would find it easy
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

Also wondering if your wife's friend is in the same situation as your family... if she is single and living at home with the family, I don't think your situation would be exactly the same... so while she might be able to find work and live with the family... what about you and your kids?
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

Have you thought about Australia? My friends here recently said the mines in WA can't find enough people. A lot of it is fly in fly out so living in Perth and flying to work for longer periods and then flying back.

Its a LONG way from Europe but the economy in the mining sector is very strong.

Good luck.
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

I don't think it would be as easy as your partner's friend made it out to be. I think it would be the opposite, and incredibly challenging.

Everyone I know who doesn't have a swiss qualification of some sort (among them a doctor, a social worker, a dentist, a marketing analyst, a specialist in autism) is still not working, even after language lessons and more than a year of looking.

Have you thought about the US? There is a lot of spanish spoken there and more room I think for that entrepreneurial spirit...
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Have you thought about the US? There is a lot of spanish spoken there and more room I think for that entrepreneurial spirit...
I think it is very difficult to get a work visa for the US, even for well qualified people.
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Yeah, I have thought about the cost of living, and the rental prices are quite high as far as i can see on the web...
I can just about survive in Spain right now, but as the economy implodes here and the cost of living get higher its going to get very hard as far as I can see.
Its hard, since I have great experience in many technical fields, including IT, and am very able to do quality work, but the bummer is that I don't really have any titulation to prove it...
Same old story i suppose...
IT product certification, such as MCSE, can be a big help getting a job
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I think it is very difficult to get a work visa for the US, even for well qualified people.
Oh comeon!!! with the hordes of people leaving?! Hardly a day goes by where I don't see one of these on my screen

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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

somehow, I think these lotteries are scams! Why would so many Mexicans risk their lives to get in to the US if it were so easy?
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Re: Job opportunities in Switzerland

Extremely difficult, in my opinion!!
Both of you will have to look for jobs, and both of you do not know the language(which is quite necessary here, in most fields).
The language will be really really necessary in your field!!

All the best!!
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Have you thought about Australia? My friends here recently said the mines in WA can't find enough people.
also very difficult to get a visa for Australia as far as I know.
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Why would so many Mexicans risk their lives to get in to the US if it were so easy?
Because they don't have internet
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