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Optical assistant/dispenser needing some tips or information!

Hi there!

I'm moving to Basel in September, to be with my other half, and as a British person with a current job that I really enjoy and love, I'm wondering how possible it will be to continue in that kind of career in Switzerland?

Currently I work at a high street Opticians in London and it's something I enjoy and am pretty good at. I feel that there's tons of opticians in Basel and that English is a good language to know due to the amount of English speakers living and working in the area and also being in possession of eyes. I guess my question, for people more familiar with the country, is - am I being way too optimistic in thinking I can get by without speaking Swiss German but being good at helping customers and dispensing glasses?
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Re: Optical assistant/dispenser needing some tips or information!

I think the majority of customers will still be german-speaking. If you are staying long-term take the time to learn the language intensively.
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Re: Optical assistant/dispenser needing some tips or information!

I'm in the opposite situation: Currently I work at a high street Opticians in Basel and it's something I enjoy and am pretty good at. I feel that there's tons of opticians in London and that Polish is a good language to know due to the amount of Polish speakers living and working in the area and also being in possession of eyes. I guess my question, for people more familiar with the country, is - am I being way too optimistic in thinking I can get by without speaking English but being good at helping customers and dispensing glasses?
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Re: Optical assistant/dispenser needing some tips or information!

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Hi there!

I'm moving to Basel in September, to be with my other half, and as a British person with a current job that I really enjoy and love, I'm wondering how possible it will be to continue in that kind of career in Switzerland?

Currently I work at a high street Opticians in London and it's something I enjoy and am pretty good at. I feel that there's tons of opticians in Basel and that English is a good language to know due to the amount of English speakers living and working in the area and also being in possession of eyes. I guess my question, for people more familiar with the country, is - am I being way too optimistic in thinking I can get by without speaking Swiss German but being good at helping customers and dispensing glasses?
Short answer - not that possible. Yes, there will be people speaking English, but as said the majority of customers will speak German and/or French too given the city spans 3 countries. So you're going to be up against other candidates for jobs who do speak one or both of those languages and have English as well. So who do you think is going to be hired?
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