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Alternative career ideas for a snow bum?

I have a job offer near Zurich and I if I do take it, I intend to live in Zurich. My fiance is a qualified snowsports coach who literally bums around ski resorts. He is turning 30 and reconsidering the playing in the snow all day and partying all night lifestyle.

I'll be earning enough to support us both comfortably if he needs to retrain for a few years but I don't want to be the one bringing home the bacon forever. He has a degree in sports coaching. He studied German in school but we both recognise that we'd both need to learn Swiss German. I've suggested retraining in physiotherapy or sports medicine, is there a demand for these professions? Any other ideas?
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Re: Alternative career ideas for a snow bum?

Have you considered Sport/PE teaching?
There are many large International schools in and around Zurich & Central Switzerland.
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Re: Alternative career ideas for a snow bum?

I'd certainly think twice about working all day to support a 30yr. old proverbial Peter Pan to party all night. Sounds like he knows which side his bread is buttered.

Ditch him if he's not going to take steps to do something more constructive, or at least cut his pocket money and withhold a door key for him.

I led a do what I pleased lifestyle at 30 - but I was single then, with no ties and responsibilities. You can't do the same in a relationship.

There should be sufficient opportunities to find work in sport related professions, provided permits are in order, and most importantly language skills are present. This is the most important requirement in getting on here - and it can be done quickly with intensive learning and training (especially if funded) ..... but staying out half the night wont work.
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I'd certainly think twice about working all day to support a 30yr. old proverbial Peter Pan to party all night. Sounds like he knows which side his bread is buttered.

Ditch him if he's not going to take steps to do something more constructive, or at least cut his pocket money and withhold a door key for him.

I led a do what I pleased lifestyle at 30 - but I was single then, with no ties and responsibilities. You can't do the same in a relationship.

There should be sufficient opportunities to find work in sport related professions, provided permits are in order, and most importantly language skills are present. This is the most important requirement in getting on here - and it can be done quickly with intensive learning and training (especially if funded) ..... but staying out half the night wont work.

Kinda sexist don't you think?

There are many options in CH for mountain sports jobs for the qualified. That being said, your fiance should at least get the certification to do the training/lead tours/do what he likes, and then he can continue his happy lifestyle. (Although I would think that perhaps the "partying all night lifestyle" isn't always the best for a professional image)
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I have a job offer near Zurich and I if I do take it, I intend to live in Zurich. My fiance is a qualified snowsports coach who literally bums around ski resorts. He is turning 30 and reconsidering the playing in the snow all day and partying all night lifestyle.

I'll be earning enough to support us both comfortably if he needs to retrain for a few years but I don't want to be the one bringing home the bacon forever. He has a degree in sports coaching. He studied German in school but we both recognise that we'd both need to learn Swiss German. I've suggested retraining in physiotherapy or sports medicine, is there a demand for these professions? Any other ideas?
nice post, with this no nonsense attitude I'm sure whatever you decide to do will work out
physiotherapy sounds good in this very sporty country and particularly in zurich with its renowned orthopaedic clinics. I know that physiotherapists are very sought after.
one possibility to finance his studies if he likes to be around kids or young people could be to be a coach or trainer at skiing camps organized by various local organizations during the winter holidays. I know that they are often looking for to accompany the kids (not necessarily skiing or snowboard instructors). once he can communicate, if he doesn't speak perfect german I don't think it should be a big problem, it adds to the "coolness" for the kids
if interested you can check out these links, + there are certainly a couple more organizations. my kids have been to these camps and loved them

http://www.schneezueri.ch/

the city's sport department can certainly help
http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/ssd/de/index/sport.html
http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...&search=suchen
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Have you considered Sport/PE teaching?
There are many large International schools in and around Zurich & Central Switzerland.
Thanks, that is a good idea. In UK and North America, there is a requirement for a teaching qualification on top of the existing degree, it is usually a 1 year teaching diploma, is this the same in Switzerland? Thanks.
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I'd certainly think twice about working all day to support a 30yr. old proverbial Peter Pan to party all night. Sounds like he knows which side his bread is buttered.
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I'd certainly think twice about working all day to support a 30yr. old proverbial Peter Pan to party all night. Sounds like he knows which side his bread is buttered.

Ditch him if he's not going to take steps to do something more constructive, or at least cut his pocket money and withhold a door key for him.

I led a do what I pleased lifestyle at 30 - but I was single then, with no ties and responsibilities. You can't do the same in a relationship.

There should be sufficient opportunities to find work in sport related professions, provided permits are in order, and most importantly language skills are present. This is the most important requirement in getting on here - and it can be done quickly with intensive learning and training (especially if funded) ..... but staying out half the night wont work.
As I said in my post before, he is reconsidering his lifestyle and wants a stable long-term career. I don't intend to give him pocket money, I'll pay the rent. He intends to take on a part-time casual job on weekends while retraining to contribute to regular bills. Thanks for the advise on the languages, I agree that is the key to opening doors for him.
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Kinda sexist don't you think?

There are many options in CH for mountain sports jobs for the qualified. That being said, your fiance should at least get the certification to do the training/lead tours/do what he likes, and then he can continue his happy lifestyle. (Although I would think that perhaps the "partying all night lifestyle" isn't always the best for a professional image)
Thanks, I think he will do teaching/touring but as casual employment to support retraining for a stable career. He already has the required certification to work as a snowsports instructor and mountain guide.
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nice post, with this no nonsense attitude I'm sure whatever you decide to do will work out
physiotherapy sounds good in this very sporty country and particularly in zurich with its renowned orthopaedic clinics. I know that physiotherapists are very sought after.
one possibility to finance his studies if he likes to be around kids or young people could be to be a coach or trainer at skiing camps organized by various local organizations during the winter holidays. I know that they are often looking for to accompany the kids (not necessarily skiing or snowboard instructors). once he can communicate, if he doesn't speak perfect german I don't think it should be a big problem, it adds to the "coolness" for the kids
if interested you can check out these links, + there are certainly a couple more organizations. my kids have been to these camps and loved them

http://www.schneezueri.ch/

the city's sport department can certainly help
http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/ssd/de/index/sport.html
http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...&search=suchen
Thanks for all the information! That's awesome. The alternative to us moving to Switzerland is for us settle down in the UK and the intention was that he'd retrain as a physiotherapist. We weren't sure how viable of a career this would be in Switzerland.
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Re: Alternative career ideas for a snow bum?

How about the Sports Management Degree at Lausanne. It is jointly funded by the IOC, heard they hire a few of the students for jobs at the IOC.
The site is http://www.aists.org/
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Re: Alternative career ideas for a snow bum?

I would also support going into the field of gym teacher, school PE. There is a new federal law requiring schools to include more gym per week for students, and surely they will face shortages of qualified staff for this. I think it enters into force this year, so maybe would need to act fast. Not sure how long training would be, but possibly his existing qualfications may help.
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How about the Sports Management Degree at Lausanne. It is jointly funded by the IOC, heard they hire a few of the students for jobs at the IOC.
The site is http://www.aists.org/
Thanks, that's an interesting idea but we'd be living in Zurich due to my work and he won't be able to afford to rent a place in Lausanne on his own. Perhaps there are similar courses in Zurich, he can look into.
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I would also support going into the field of gym teacher, school PE. There is a new federal law requiring schools to include more gym per week for students, and surely they will face shortages of qualified staff for this. I think it enters into force this year, so maybe would need to act fast. Not sure how long training would be, but possibly his existing qualfications may help.
That's interesting, we'll have a look into the qualifications for teaching. Thanks.
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I have a job offer near Zurich and I if I do take it, I intend to live in Zurich. My fiance is a qualified snowsports coach who literally bums around ski resorts. He is turning 30 and reconsidering the playing in the snow all day and partying all night lifestyle.

I'll be earning enough to support us both comfortably if he needs to retrain for a few years but I don't want to be the one bringing home the bacon forever. He has a degree in sports coaching. He studied German in school but we both recognise that we'd both need to learn Swiss German. I've suggested retraining in physiotherapy or sports medicine, is there a demand for these professions? Any other ideas?
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I'd certainly think twice about working all day to support a 30yr. old proverbial Peter Pan to party all night. Sounds like he knows which side his bread is buttered.

Ditch him if he's not going to take steps to do something more constructive, or at least cut his pocket money and withhold a door key for him.

I led a do what I pleased lifestyle at 30 - but I was single then, with no ties and responsibilities. You can't do the same in a relationship.

There should be sufficient opportunities to find work in sport related professions, provided permits are in order, and most importantly language skills are present. This is the most important requirement in getting on here - and it can be done quickly with intensive learning and training (especially if funded) ..... but staying out half the night wont work.
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Kinda sexist don't you think?
Didn't think I was being sexist - judgemental, maybe.

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I think you missed this bit:
Didn't miss it - but misread it (or probably misinterpreted it). I took it to mean as follows:

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He is turning 30 and reconsidering the playing in the snow all day, [for] a partying all night lifestyle [instead]
i.e swapping daytime snowballing for night time partying.

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As I said in my post before, he is reconsidering his lifestyle and wants a stable long-term career. I don't intend to give him pocket money, I'll pay the rent. He intends to take on a part-time casual job on weekends while retraining to contribute to regular bills. Thanks for the advise on the languages, I agree that is the key to opening doors for him.
I hold my hands up and apologise - completely misread the meaning.
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Re: Alternative career ideas for a snow bum?

Physiotherapy is great...but...as far as I know is a pretty involved course of study. In the US I believe it was a 5 year undergrad program involving medical courses as well. Maybe here it is different?
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Physiotherapy is great...but...as far as I know is a pretty involved course of study. In the US I believe it was a 5 year undergrad program involving medical courses as well. Maybe here it is different?
In the UK, it is 4 years from what I know. 2 years of course work and 2 years of rotations in the hospital being supplemented by coursework. He already has a sports coaching degree, and can get some credit transferred over. He'll need to look into the programs at the Swiss universities.

Looks like PE teacher and physiotherapy are potential career options for him.
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