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Hi everyone, long post ahead lol.

I am a Hungarian national with a BA degree in the English Language and Literature, currently working on getting my MA in English Applied Linguistics in Budapest, Hungary (I should be graduating in June of this year).

I have 2 years of experience working as an English teacher and some other experience mainly related to translating texts from Serbian to English

As for certificates, I have an ECDL (Electronic Computer Driving License) certificate, as well as a basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript certificate (but to be honest the course barely covered the bare essentials so I would need to put in a lot of work in order to make something meaningful of it).

Other than that, I speak English, Serbian, I speak Hungarian at a communicative level and my German is at an A2 level I would say.

What I would like to ask is whether I am doomed if I decide to move to Switzerland and start looking for work?

I would like to avoid working as a teacher although I don't think I am qualified to work as one in Switzerland anyway.

I am ready to take on any volunteer work or apply for internships, but I after looking at some of the posts here I am becoming quite discouraged from even trying to move here.

I do have a support system in Zurich because my family lives here, so I am also ready to apply for some additional courses or trainings in order to gain another skill or two that might help me in finding a job, but I am clueless as to where to start and what to do, so I was hoping to hear from you guys and hopefully get some guidelines.

If you have any further questions or if I have omitted something (which I probably unintentionally have), let me know.

Thank you!
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Old 17.01.2019, 14:35
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What I would like to ask is whether I am doomed if I decide to move to Switzerland and start looking for work?

I would like to avoid working as a teacher although I don't think I am qualified to work as one in Switzerland anyway.

Well, what do you want to do? It is a bit difficult answering without knowing what you want.
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Being an EU citizen, you can come and search for work without any permit, and stay legally for three months.

See https://www.ch.ch/en/working-switzer...in-switzerland

"Looking for work in Switzerland
EU/EFTA nationals may enter Switzerland to look for work. They may stay in the country for up to three months without a permit. If the job search takes longer than three months, EU/EFTA nationals may apply for a temporary residence permit valid for three months within any calendar year (total stay = six months), provided they have the financial means to pay their living expenses."

Feel free to PM me, in Hungarian if you'd like, for any further info!
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Depends on what you want to do. This is a country of candidates at their top of their field and there is a lot of competition in the job market. However, with the right attitude and effort, nothing is impossible.

You could start by teaching English, this would be easy work to find with your experience and certifications. In addition, you could build connections with your student community and they could help you find work in other fields.

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Depends on what you want to do. This is a country of candidates at their top of their field and there is a lot of competition in the job market. However, with the right attitude and effort, nothing is impossible.

You could start by teaching English, this would be easy work to find with your experience and certifications. In addition, you could build connections with your student community and they could help you find work in other fields.

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It's not THAT easy, especially in Zurich (OP's put his location as Zurich) where the market is flooded with experienced and qualified English teachers.
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You could start by teaching English, this would be easy work to find with your experience and certifications. In addition, you could build connections with your student community and they could help you find work in other fields.

All the best

Unfortunately teaching English is not an option: private langauge schools insist on native speakers, and state schools generally hire Swiss with the relevant Swiss qualifications.


Being realistic, any job in the German speaking part of Switzerland is going to require a higher level of German. Unless you have an 'in': for example, extremely in demand skills/knowledge, or you brother owns the company .
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I do have a support system in Zurich because my family lives here, so I am also ready to apply for some additional courses or trainings in order to gain another skill or two that might help me in finding a job, but I am clueless as to where to start and what to do, so I was hoping to hear from you guys and hopefully get some guidelines.
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Additional courses or trainings in what? Look, people here - builders, gardeners, bartenders and even many waiters have an apprenticeship under their belt and are ready to work without further help from a colleague or boss - and they earn a fair wage and speak the language.

If your German is A2, you might ask at Restaurants or coffee shops for work. Helps also to learn a language and you could use your English on tourists.

Wish you luck!
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Re: Job prospects/advice

First of all, I'd like to thank you all for your answers.

Secondly, as I have mentioned, teaching is something that I would like to avoid (not at all costs, but I do not want to make a career out of it), I just don't think that I am cut out for it.

Furthermore, as an answer to the question what I would like to do, I do not have a specific answer. I would like to find something that pays reasonably well, is a relatively sought after position, and isn't teaching.

I am pretty sure that I will have to attend at least a course or a bootcamp of sorts in order to improve my "employability" due to the nature of my degree and the fact that I don't want to teach.

Some of my interests include technology and gadgets, I love reading about that stuff, I love following trends and news related to that, I have an interest in marketing and marketing campaigns, I think that ads are a powerful means of communication with potential customers/clients, I have an appreciation for design as well as software and web development, although I am not entirely sure if I would be able to make a career out of the last two, but I could try.

So I guess my question would be whether there are some places in Zurich or online where I could get some relevant additional "education" in the form of some courses or bootcamps where I could get a certificate in one of the above mentioned fields? Basically I would like to supplement my degree with something that would make me more employable. I am ready to start my career off by volunteering or by looking for an internship but I guess it would be quite hard to do that if I don't have any previous knowledge or education related to web development (for example).
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First of all, I'd like to thank you all for your answers.

So I guess my question would be whether there are some places in Zurich or online where I could get some relevant additional "education" in the form of some courses or bootcamps where I could get a certificate in one of the above mentioned fields? Basically I would like to supplement my degree with something that would make me more employable. I am ready to start my career off by volunteering or by looking for an internship but I guess it would be quite hard to do that if I don't have any previous knowledge or education related to web development (for example).
People here love papers who tell them what you can do and what you already did and they will want proof of that. It is really hard to find something without appropriate studies or an apprenticeship; no bootcamps over here, sorry. They look for people who already know their job and can show it. Training you is not the thing they want to do.

Check out the ads on ronorp.net. You might find something - a project or a start -up - where you could volunteer for free. Something might come up and develop, who knows. Migros-Schule could maybe offer you some training.
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Unfortunately teaching English is not an option: private langauge schools insist on native speakers.


Not true. Some language Schools insist on native speakers. Many, including Klubschule, do not.
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Re: Job prospects/advice

Well, I know this is going to sound harsh, but on Friday I was explaining to someone how I couldn't really help them find a job for their husband who had been looking for permanent work for 12 months, despite them being qualified and experienced in computer science.

You're a language graduate.. and I'm sure you're a clever and motivated person.. but realistically, what kind of job do you think you'll land here ? Maybe, maybe a temp agency could place you in an admin/sales job where you need English but other than that I think you'd find it tough (and anything you found would be unlikely to provide a decent lifestyle).

Is all that really better than your options locally ?
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