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working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

Hello Everyone,

Let me introduce myself: I'm a young but ambitious 24 year old from Belgium. I have lived and studied in Austria for 6 years, so my German is very very good. I had a wonderful job over there as a private jet flight attendant where I had a very good salary and lots of free time. I started to miss my family and friends in Belgium so I quitted that job (I had to be very flexibel) to return to my country. I recently started working as an account manager/ head of office of one of the biggest people agencies in Belgium. So now I have a really normal life, with a weekend and nearly no free time... It is not very exciting and I'm going crazy tbh. I really miss my freedom and crazy life. I started studying on the university again because I have no bachelor in that direction at all (only a theater diploma) but with my job now it is nearly impossible as I work many many unpaid hours.

I have a friend thats works as a flight attendant in Swiss and wants to reduce to 50% procent and live in Austria for the rest of the time. I was wondering if I could do the same (not as a flight attendant, because you first have to work full-time for 4 years before you can start reducing). Have a parttime job, find a place where I could sleep 2 nights a week for a reasonable price and for the rest live back home in Belgium and study and travel until I have my diploma. I'm used to commuting as I did this for 6 years in Vienna.

Someone in a similar situation? Is this realistic? any tips or experiences?


Greets!! thanks in advance.
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Re: working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

Depends how much the jobs pays. You'd need to earn a certain amount to be able to get a residence permit. You'd need a job for at least 50%, maybe more. Also finding an employer who just wants to hire you for a short amount of time may be difficult.

Also bear in mind that while you might only sleep in a place a couple of nights a week you're still going to be paying for it for the whole week.

Frankly, if you're already set up in Belgium, either look for a new full time job there or a part time one. By the time you've paid rent on a place here and have the commuting costs you're not going to be saving much, if anything, and won't be able to afford to travel.
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Re: working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

What's a people agency?

Ok so translation: you read somewhere that Switzerland pays well (ignoring the cost of course) and think you can, with two days of work a week, sustain a life that comes with weekly flying between Belgium and Switzerland, but spend the rest of your time travelling and studying?

Well unless you have a massive job and salary now, you won't have a massive salary here either. No way you can even survive on a 40-50% jobs in the large majority of jobs (if single source of income), let alone have anything left over to travel. Anywhere.

Aside from that, what do you have to offer to an employer? You seeem to have no relevant formal qualifications (see above, I don't understand what you're doing at the moment) and on top of that only want a part-time job, more or less at your leisure. Chances of any employer (not just in Switzerland) being open to this are really very slim. And even if you found one, I doubt your income would be enough to qualify for the relevant permit.

Also, "reasonable price" and Switzerland don't go together. This is one of the five most expensive countries in the world. You would either need to rent an apartment and obviously pay for it all month even if you don't use it, or AirBnB constantly or live in hotels. None of these options are cheap, again likely eating up a significant part of your salary. On top of that you'd be obliged to have certain insurances depending on your exact "agreement" which also won't be reduced just because you decide to be here only part-time. Add to that the rather pointless flying back and forth which obviously comes at a cost too.

Set up proper residence in one country, whichever it may be. Be warned, in certain sectors and jobs, the life you seem to dislike is no different here either.

Alternatively, apply to uni and study here, though I have a feeling this isn't so much about actually wanting to live in Switzerland.

Sorry to be harsh but I don't understand how this "plan" came about and to what purpose
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...I really miss my freedom and crazy life...
Welcome to adulting. If you want "crazy" life, I can think of more exciting places than Switzerland. Just read all the posts from folks who are bored to tears here.

Welcome to the Forum though.
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Re: working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

Depending on where he would work and where he lives, his weekly commute would be less than what I have done for years on a weekly base, so that should give no problems. (shortest distance Belgium-Zwitserland is less than 300km)

However there are very little options for such situation to work, and given the lack of a current eduction and no experience in a field that might make this happen he would be better of looking for other plans in his life.
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Re: working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

OP,
Suppose it was possible, why would you complicate your life so much?
Is it to replace your former way of living as a flight attendant or do you want to be with that friend of yours, who would be living part-time in CH and part-time in Austria. CH being your "intersection".
I don't get it, maybe I'm getting old.
Or, silly me, you think that with a part-time job in CH you'd be earning enough to get by both here and in Belgium.

On the other hand I can't say I don't admire this spirit..."everything is possible!"
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Re: working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

It seems to me you want your "freedom", but also to earn a good salary and they're not going to go together really. You're 24 and sorry, but it's time you grew up and faced reality. Sounds like you were lucky with your first job, but it puzzles me why you didn't use some of that free time you had to visit family and friends back in Belgium - which you obviously didn't since you got homesick and quit your job.

Jobs like that are few and far between so don't expect to land something similar in any other line of work. It simply doesn't happen.

While your friend may want to reduce to 50%, there's no guarantee they'll be allowed to. And what they earn will bear no relation to what you could earn - given that you have no qualifications except for being a flight attendant for a while and have a diploma in theatre. So you're talking entry level/minimum salary at 50% which is very unlikely to come close to what you'd need.

Decide what you want to do for a career and work towards obtaining it. Forget the "freedom" stuff, any job you get is going to require full time working and that will be the case for the next 40 odd years btw. Your free time will be weekends and holidays and that's pretty much it so change your expectations accordngly. You can still have fun doing things you enjoy, travelling, etc, you just have to do them in a more constricted way. It's called life - welcome to the world of an adult.
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Hello Everyone,

Let me introduce myself: I'm a young but ambitious 24 year old from Belgium. I have lived and studied in Austria for 6 years, so my German is very very good. I had a wonderful job over there as a private jet flight attendant where I had a very good salary and lots of free time. I started to miss my family and friends in Belgium so I quitted that job (I had to be very flexibel) to return to my country. I recently started working as an account manager/ head of office of one of the biggest people agencies in Belgium. So now I have a really normal life, with a weekend and nearly no free time... It is not very exciting and I'm going crazy tbh. I really miss my freedom and crazy life. I started studying on the university again because I have no bachelor in that direction at all (only a theater diploma) but with my job now it is nearly impossible as I work many many unpaid hours.

I have a friend thats works as a flight attendant in Swiss and wants to reduce to 50% procent and live in Austria for the rest of the time. I was wondering if I could do the same (not as a flight attendant, because you first have to work full-time for 4 years before you can start reducing). Have a parttime job, find a place where I could sleep 2 nights a week for a reasonable price and for the rest live back home in Belgium and study and travel until I have my diploma. I'm used to commuting as I did this for 6 years in Vienna.

Someone in a similar situation? Is this realistic? any tips or experiences?


Greets!! thanks in advance.
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Re: working part-time in Switzerland, living in Belgium. Realistic?

Definitely a career as an Instagram influencer is for the OP. Amass hundreds of thousands of followers based on photos of cute dogs, lovely sunsets and sexy photos of you in nice designer clothes, interspersed with pretty plates of food you have ordered.

Charge companies thousands of dollars for each post of their product which you make, and then use the proceeds to post more photos of your five star lifestyle which all your followers will envy and recommend to their friends.

Work when you like, charge thousands, and enjoy whatever crazy lifestyle you want.

The recent Netflix documentary "Fyre" shows that nothing could possibly go wrong.
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