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Old 27.09.2012, 10:50
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I have a PhD in Clinical Research (5+ years, 10 publications), MBA and I want to find a job in Switzerland. I have never worked in the industry before, so I am looking for an entry position. The problem is I am not sure what kind of position I should target to. The ideal would be a scientific/managerial job, with an initial training/grace period of few months and afterwards responsible role. I used to do a lot of project management, worked as a post-doc (but paid as PhD ). I do not want to start from the lowest salary, I want to have my qualifications recognized. The feedback I usually get until now is that my CV is impressive but I am not suitable for the position they are offering.
Please, advise, no irony or nasty comments. I am extremely confused. I want to know if my expectations are out of reach, or I should claim things with confidence.
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Old 27.09.2012, 11:01
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First, I think you need to decide what it is you want to do. With your background you really should be aware of the possible career options that exist in the industry, and you must have some idea about what you enjoy/want to do.

Second, try and find a job in your home country with some relevance to your preferred career start path. You will need to lower your expectations and start at the bottom, and it's quite likely that you won't be able to do that at the same time as moving to a Swiss company. Once you've got a year's worth of real experience, showing that there are at least some jobs that you can already do, you will be better placed for looking for a job here.

As for 'no irony or nasty comments' - what do you think this is, some kind of career's advice & counselling service? You jump in here with yet another "I want to move to Switzerland, please help" post and expect not to have the piss taken out of you? Dream on.

Why do you want to move here anyway? Is it just that you think you've a right to a higher paid job in a nice place?
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Old 27.09.2012, 11:13
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First, I think you need to decide what it is you want to do. With your background you really should be aware of the possible career options that exist in the industry, and you must have some idea about what you enjoy/want to do.

Second, try and find a job in your home country with some relevance to your preferred career start path. You will need to lower your expectations and start at the bottom, and it's quite likely that you won't be able to do that at the same time as moving to a Swiss company. Once you've got a year's worth of real experience, showing that there are at least some jobs that you can already do, you will be better placed for looking for a job here.

As for 'no irony or nasty comments' - what do you think this is, some kind of career's advice & counselling service? You jump in here with yet another "I want to move to Switzerland, please help" post and expect not to have the piss taken out of you? Dream on.

Why do you want to move here anyway? Is it just that you think you've a right to a higher paid job in a nice place?
Hi again,
First of all, I forgot to mention that I lived in Germany for 5+ years. I am not German. I experienced mistreatment and racism, so I am not willing to stay there. Switzerland is an alternative for various reasons: the topic of my studies and the research mentality. Plus I have some relatives in Zurich, so it would be easier for me. When I talked about nasty comments, this is what I had in mind. I believe that it would be much more polite to help but avoid characterizations. I did not post to dispute. I understand that anyone can have personal feelings about jobs, etc., however beginners need support. Thank you for your comments and suggestions at the beginning, they are helpful. My country cannot support me, I have to go abroad. Not really a choice.
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My country cannot support me, I have to go abroad. Not really a choice.
"Ask not how your country can support you, but how you can support your country."
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Nice, thanks anyway.
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