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Need for career guidance

Hello everyone!

I am new in Zurich and I am looking for some advice/tips/recommendations from people who work in finance/compliance/audit about how to proceed in the business scene of Switzerland in order to get a job. If there is anyone else who can also contribute to the discussion, you are more than welcome to do so. I apologise in advance for any language mistakes, I am not a native English speaker.

[B]Some brief info about me:
I have a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Finance. I have no professional certificates such as CIMA,CFA,CIA,CPA,ACCA,ACA etc etc.
I have worked as Finance Assistant (6 months), Junior Sales Manager (1,5y) and Compliance Officer/Auditor (1y). No experience in Switzerland, though.
Currently, I am attending intensive German language classes and searching for work. I would be interested

[B]My question is:
How can someone with my academic and professional background enter the Swiss job market? How hard can it get realistically speaking? Are my studies enough or should I obtain some kind of international/local certificate which could help me improve my chances? Is my experience from abroad considered at all here, or should I try to get some practice through an internship first?

Any advice would be really appreciated. Thank you very much in advance for your time and effort to reply.
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Welcome and enjoy.
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Old 09.10.2017, 17:18
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Welcome to the forum. What nationality/ties are you and what Swiss permit, if any, do you have?
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Old 09.10.2017, 18:10
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should I try to get some practice through an internship first?
Internships are supposed to be for students while renrolled in an education. Many employers abuse them to hire fresh graduates and pay them peanuts for the first 6 months or so... however, you got 3 solid years of work experience. Go get a job. (If you are legally able to do so, which would be the first piece of advice: Add the relevant info when asking complicated questions... are you EU/Non-EU, what permit,...)
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Welcome to the forum. What nationality/ties are you and what Swiss permit, if any, do you have?
Hello! I am an EU citizen(Greece)...not holding a permit yet even though I could get a 1-year, just want to avoid extra expenses before starting work(health insurance). Do you think I should get the permit?

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Internships are supposed to be for students while renrolled in an education. Many employers abuse them to hire fresh graduates and pay them peanuts for the first 6 months or so... however, you got 3 solid years of work experience. Go get a job. (If you are legally able to do so, which would be the first piece of advice: Add the relevant info when asking complicated questions... are you EU/Non-EU, what permit,...)
Hello! Yes, that is so true. I noticed that all internships require the applicant to be enrolled at a university. Sorry for not mentioning that I am an EU citizen. Though, I have not applied for a permit yet.

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Thank you very much!

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Old 10.10.2017, 08:27
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As an EU national you can be here for up to 3 months without needing a permit. If you haven't found a job in that time and providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself you can ask for a 3 month job seekers permit. No way will you get a year unless you're married to someone who already lives and works here.
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Sorry for not mentioning that I am an EU citizen. Though, I have not applied for a permit yet.
It makes a massive difference if you are from a Schengen country as you enjoy the freedom of movement. So you can decide to move to Switzerland and work there. All Non-EU folks will need an employer first who has then to prove to the government that he absolutely needs you and get a permit. That would be difficult in your situation as you dont have that super special specialist knowledge to offer.


But since you are EU, got an education and some work experience: Go and apply for jobs. It's simple as that.
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As an EU national you can be here for up to 3 months without needing a permit. If you haven't found a job in that time and providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself you can ask for a 3 month job seekers permit. No way will you get a year unless you're married to someone who already lives and works here.
Thanks for letting me know, I will keep that in mind. Mainly, I would like to know if there is anything else, apart from the language which I learn intensively, I could do in order to increase my employability chances.
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It makes a massive difference if you are from a Schengen country as you enjoy the freedom of movement. So you can decide to move to Switzerland and work there. All Non-EU folks will need an employer first who has then to prove to the government that he absolutely needs you and get a permit. That would be difficult in your situation as you dont have that super special specialist knowledge to offer.


But since you are EU, got an education and some work experience: Go and apply for jobs. It's simple as that.
Thank you for your answer. I am doing so...just wanted to know from people who are already in the job market if there is anything else I could do to have better possibilities of getting a job.

For example, until now I get only negative answers for my applications which is ok...but I try to contact the person who is responsible for the position and inquire some feedback. Firstly, out of curiosity and secondly cause I would like to improve myself for future opportunies. I see that no one is really willing to give some feedback which I also understand since they may not have time to do that for every applicant.
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