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Advise to work or to study in Zurich

Hello,
I have recently moved to Zurich on a dependent visa. As per my visa, I have no permit to work here unless an employer comes forward to sponsor me. I am confused whether to search for job or take up studies.

I have 8 years of experience in software testing and I have also been a creative writer in my free time as freelancer.

Do I have options to do a short term course in writing or design (arts) in any of the universities in Zurich. If so, how and where do I search and apply?
Or, should I search for a job with my current experience as IT professional?

Please help! Thank you!
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Re: Advise to work or to study in Zurich

Non-EU with non-EU husband on an L permit? To hire you the employers have to go through exact same painful process as when they hired him

Easiest is to wait out a year or two until he gets a B, then you automatically get a right to work too

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Do I have options to do a short term course in writing or design (arts) in any of the universities in Zurich.
And then what? Will that even grant a degree? No degree not helpful for work permit

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Or, should I search for a job with my current experience as IT professional?
That's certainly more meaningful and practical than some cheap arts degree that'd just about qualify you to flip burgers. Why don't you just try and see if anyone wants you for your IT experience and willing to go through the process of hiring a non EU

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Non-EU with non-EU husband on an L permit? To hire you the employers have to go through exact same painful process as when they hired him
No they don't. They must ask permission and she can not work in any job. It must be a professional position that she is qualified for, and the salary must be in line with local market. If she has a university degree and the job is something she has experience in, this shouldn't be a problem to get approval. The biggest problem will be that most employers don't know the process so won't be bothered.

She can't for example work in the supermarket.
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Easiest is to wait out a year or two until he gets a B, then you automatically get a right to work too


And then what? Will that even grant a degree? No degree not helpful for work permit


That's certainly more meaningful and practical than some cheap arts degree that'd just about qualify you to flip burgers. Why don't you just try and see if anyone wants you for your IT experience and willing to go through the process of hiring a non EU

The chances of my husband's permit converting b are highly unlikely. So we may stay here to utmost 2 years, that's all.
I don't want to study for a permit but to educate myself. I've a graduation degree and since masters takes longer than one year thought I could do a short term course in some creative field.
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Re: Advise to work or to study in Zurich

Thank you, both!
Can you also tell me if it is as hard to get a seat in university as it is to get a job here?
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