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Engineering career orientation

I've decided to move to switzerland with my swiss girlfriend, and since I'm doing it, I want to take a step forward in my career. I am a 28y.o. spanish industrial engineer (european M.Eng equivalent) with 2 years of experience. Mother tongue Spanish, C2 English, A2 french and A2 german (currently studying).

I've been working as a Technical Data and CAD (PTC-CREO) administrator for an R&D mechanical design team in Spain for two years, and I was considering studying a master's degree. My current degree counts as a master but I think a master's degree could push me into a better direction, plus I am excited to study abroad in another country, which I never did and feel a little bad about it.

Would it be better for me to look for a job directly, or study a more specialized master's? Which master's for engineers have better job opportunities in Switzerland? Or should I study and working at the same time maybe?

I've got some savings so money wouldn't be a problem for a couple of years studying.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 29.03.2017, 13:20
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Re: Engineering career orientation

Welcome to Switzerland.
First of all, As a Mechanical engineer(I did a Ph.D. in EPFL-Lausanne) I should say finding a job as a Mechanical or Industrial engineer is currently very difficult in Switzerland.

Most of the companies do not have job openings (or very few) and there are a lot of applicants out there (Switzerland industry is in a difficult situation due to strong CHF). besides job hunting in Switzerland nowadays needs a very good network, sending out CV's and applying online does not work most of the times.

Not having a degree from CH adds to your problems. So, I suggest that you start a master or an internship in CH and try to develop your career network. meanwhile economic situation may get better.

Good luck
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Old 29.03.2017, 17:41
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Re: Engineering career orientation

Thank you for your feedback!
Since I'm not that old yet, I think the master will be a good life experience plus a good outcome (probably). Any recommendations on any uni? I've seen the ETHz of course, but it seems very hard to get in (plus the applications are over in 2 days and I'm not sure about what to study). So maybe another uni? Luzern,Basel,Bern,Zurich?

I've been looking at some unis and different masters, and I don't really mind changing to programming or any other (my engineering degree was a mixture of mechanical, electrical, automatics and economy and organization). And yes, I'm a little bit lost right now!

I see there are a lot of positions available for programmers, but still I don't know if that's the best option (software development seems better, bigdata seems boring but a good option...) I still need to check and research what would give me a good quality of life and good work-life balance. I've also considered an MBA or practically whatever, because right now I'm fearing not having a job there, and I don't want to feel fear about losing a job because I can't find something else (I currently work in Spain, so probably fear comes because the situation is pretty ed up here, and I do have a comfy job now unlike a lot of people here).
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