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Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

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I was wondering if anyone has been able to find work if they only speak English? I find a lot of places require both.
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

In IT it's very easy to get one. What is your profession?
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Old 14.12.2015, 23:08
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Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has been able to find work if they only speak English? I find a lot of places require both.
Yes. But unfortunately they are few and far between.

But you are in a country where English is not a National language, so it is to be expected, no? You couldn't go to the UK for example and easily find a job without English.

What industry are you looking in?
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

i have the same problem,i am a chinese woman,i can speak english ,but i can not speak good french,hard to find a job.
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Yes. But unfortunately they are few and far between.

But you are in a country where English is not a National language, so it is to be expected, no? You couldn't go to the UK for example and easily find a job without English.

What industry are you looking in?
Erm, many large Swiss and International companies with offices have English as their business language, it is perfectly possible to get a job without the local language. Especially in IT.

Your "you couldn't get a job in Engliasd without English" example is also a bit silly as English is one of the worlds primary languages, and England is the home of it. Switzerland isn't, yet the majority of people speak English.

I'm amazed how much I am reading the same old "you can't find a job without the local language" spiel lately. It just isn't true in many cases.
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Old 17.12.2015, 13:11
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Erm, many large Swiss and International companies with offices have English as their business language, it is perfectly possible to get a job without the local language. Especially in IT.

Your "you couldn't get a job in Engliasd without English" example is also a bit silly as English is one of the worlds primary languages, and England is the home of it. Switzerland isn't, yet the majority of people speak English.

I'm amazed how much I am reading the same old "you can't find a job without the local language" spiel lately. It just isn't true in many cases.
As has been said before it depends on your skills and your nationality/permit status. OH is a specialist and expert in his field so him not speaking German/French doesn't really come into it as few people can do what he does. Me on the other hand with little French, even with a Swiss B/C permit, will not find it easy to get a secretarial job. Yes, there are positions out there, but most of them will also want you to speak French/German if you're a secretary.

And primary language or not, few people would go to England expecting to be able to find plenty of positions to apply for when they only speak German. It's the same here - yes there are positions where speaking English only is okay, but those are in the minority compared to the number of jobs available overall. Depending on your skills/experience learning to speak a Swiss language will give you more opportunities to find work than speaking English alone.
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As has been said before it depends on your skills and your nationality/permit status. OH is a specialist and expert in his field so him not speaking German/French doesn't really come into it as few people can do what he does. Me on the other hand with little French, even with a Swiss B/C permit, will not find it easy to get a secretarial job. Yes, there are positions out there, but most of them will also want you to speak French/German if you're a secretary.

And primary language or not, few people would go to England expecting to be able to find plenty of positions to apply for when they only speak German. It's the same here - yes there are positions where speaking English only is okay, but those are in the minority compared to the number of jobs available overall. Depending on your skills/experience learning to speak a Swiss language will give you more opportunities to find work than speaking English alone.
Well obviously speaking both languages will give you more opportunities, not sure that really needs pointing out. Also yes, some jobs and industries need local language knowledge to function. Also self-explanatory.

However the fact is that many industries and positions in areas like Finance and IT (which constitutes a huge number of workers) do not, and many companies, including Swiss companies, don't really care about it.
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Well obviously speaking both languages will give you more opportunities, not sure that really needs pointing out. Also yes, some jobs and industries need local language knowledge to function. Also self-explanatory.

However the fact is that many industries and positions in areas like Finance and IT (which constitutes a huge number of workers) do not, and many companies, including Swiss companies, don't really care about it.
Also once the company accepts it has to bow down to the terms of the Employee they are likely to pay more money.
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

I know so many people here in the German part of Switzerland who cannot speak a word of German and have had jobs here for many years. I actually work for an accoutancy firm which provides tax services to expatriates and we have to service most of them in English. I have been in Switzerland for more than 7 years and don't speak German (well, not very good anyway).
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

I'm a native English speaker, very little German. I got a very good job as a project manager when I arrived in CH. It wasn't an issue. Depends on the company I guess.
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

It'll depend on your qualifications/experience, but also as a non-EU national on what permit you have. Tell us what work you do and what permit you hold and then we'll be able to get you more specific advice.
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...But you are in a country where English is not a National language, so it is to be expected, no? You couldn't go to the UK for example and easily find a job without English...
English is the international language of business, so it's not exactly a fair comparison. Proportionally there will be more English (only) speaking jobs here than German/French (only) speaking jobs in the UK.

In specialist/technical areas, large companies often have English as the working language. If you have specialist skills that are not commonly held and not covered by apprenticeship schemes at the bottom, then there is a greater chance of finding English speaking only work. If you are thinking of shop assistant, clerical work etc. then it's unlikely.
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

True, but even so often meetings can change into French or German despite the office language being English, if most of the speakers are not native English. This is what my non-French speaking husband finds at his workplace where English is the office language. So even if you're a specialist, knowing at least a fair amount of the relevant Swiss language where you're going to be working is useful.
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How on earth does one start their own post/thread??
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

The usual way. Come up with a subject and post a thread on it.

However for the MarketPlace there are rules about how soon you can post there.

https://www.englishforum.ch/property...uncements.html
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Is there no "write new thread/post" button? Do you always have to insert a reply into an already existing thread in order to start your own?
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Is there no "write new thread/post" button? Do you always have to insert a reply into an already existing thread in order to start your own?
See above or go to the relevant forum section on on the upper left hand side you will see a button new thread
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Is there no "write new thread/post" button? Do you always have to insert a reply into an already existing thread in order to start your own?
You need to introduce yourself first.
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Re: Has anyone been able to find work if they only speak English?

Hi everyone.

I am looking to move to the Valais area, and unfortunately don’t speak French, at the moment I will be learning.

Does anyone have any experience with finding an English speaking job in Switzerland and can offer any help, or even better know of any roles available?

Thank you

Tara
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