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Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

Hello!

We are a Swedish family considering moving to Switzerland in a couple of years from now. We have searched the internet for some time now, unable to find answer on how easy/hard it is to find positions in our professions.
We are primarily looking at Zürich, although Bern, Basel and other German speaking cities are of interest.
The prerequisites are as follows:

I'm a doctor and specialized in Ob/Gyn. By then I will have been a specialist for about three years, having a total of eight years Ob/Gyn experience. I've studied and trained in Sweden. My main focus is towards gynecology in general and more specifically gyne oncology and tumor surgery. I have a PhD-degree in medicine.

My wife is a nurse and sub specialized as a midwife, also trained in Sweden. She will have about 13 years experience as a midwife, both from delivery wards and maternal health.

We will both have German language certificates level B2.

I'm primarily interested in working at a hospital, while my wife finds both hospital work and outpatient work equally interesting.


So, given the above: Will we be able to find jobs? We know that we will be qualified to get licenses to practice, but we can't seem to find any information on whether it is easy or hard to get employment for people that don't have German as their native language.

Thanks in advance for Your answers.
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Old 13.03.2020, 14:58
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

I'm sorry I don't have much info to help you, but I wanted to say that 1) I like your name , and 2) I did find this site:

https://swissmedicaljobs.com

My German is not so great, but they appear to be a job placement service here for medical professionals. Maybe they can help.
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Old 13.03.2020, 15:00
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

You could contact the Swiss Red Cross as you need to get your qualifications recognized and in addition to that you need a certain level of local language skills. Also:



https://www.bag.admin.ch/


Sorry, can´t find the proper website, it was posted several times here on the forum.
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

Just my guts feeling, but yes, you should be able to secure jobs quite easily with your kind of profession and background and being EU citizens, unless some MASSIVE changes (read: Silly SVP initiative) would be happening.
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

Welcome to the forum.

You'll need to have your qualifications recognised by this organisation:

Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
MEBEKO
3003 Bern
+41 58 462 94 83
www.foph.admin.ch

and your wife by this one:

Swiss Red Cross (SRC)
3084 Wabern
+41 58 400 44 84 (Mo-Fr, 08.00am-12.00am)
www.redcross.ch

B2 in German will be the minimum needed, if you can get it higher even better.

I don't think it'll be too hard to find jobs here, there always seems to be a demand for medical professionals.
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Hello!

We are a Swedish family considering moving to Switzerland in a couple of years from now. We have searched the internet for some time now, unable to find answer on how easy/hard it is to find positions in our professions.
We are primarily looking at Zürich, although Bern, Basel and other German speaking cities are of interest.
The prerequisites are as follows:

I'm a doctor and specialized in Ob/Gyn. By then I will have been a specialist for about three years, having a total of eight years Ob/Gyn experience. I've studied and trained in Sweden. My main focus is towards gynecology in general and more specifically gyne oncology and tumor surgery. I have a PhD-degree in medicine.

My wife is a nurse and sub specialized as a midwife, also trained in Sweden. She will have about 13 years experience as a midwife, both from delivery wards and maternal health.

We will both have German language certificates level B2.

I'm primarily interested in working at a hospital, while my wife finds both hospital work and outpatient work equally interesting.


So, given the above: Will we be able to find jobs? We know that we will be qualified to get licenses to practice, but we can't seem to find any information on whether it is easy or hard to get employment for people that don't have German as their native language.

Thanks in advance for Your answers.
With both your qualifications it should be no problem. Your wife will have to get her qualifications recognized by the SRK. Can take some time
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

I looked at this once. At that time you needed C1 medical German, and B2 "ordinary" German to practice as a doctor. If that's still the case, you need to get C1 medical German.
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I looked at this once. At that time you needed C1 medical German, and B2 "ordinary" German to practice as a doctor. If that's still the case, you need to get C1 medical German.
A big part of the Swiss' - even bred and born here - native language is not German.

So C1 it is.
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

My daughter's FIL is a retired head doctor at the main Lugano hospital, but also spent some years at CHUV, and is originally from Zurich, so he speaks the three main Swiss languages, plus English!

I never know which language to speak to him in (usually Italian, however)/

Tom
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

Welcome to the forum. The main "go to" user on theis forum, about foreign doctors entering Switzerland to take up work here, is drremobond007.

Here is his profile:
https://www.englishforum.ch/members/...mobond007.html

Here are his threads.
https://www.englishforum.ch/search.p...rchid=20039392

He has kindly taken the time to carefully collect - and structure - a wealth of information about the Swiss formal requirements for EU and non-EU doctors, how to go about registering, how to find work, what can increase one's chances, etc.

You will surely find some information there that is not applicable to you, at all, but a lot that is. Drremobond007 is something like the King of this information for doctors!
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

Thank You all for your replies! We are definitely inspired to continue pursuing our dream!

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Welcome to the forum. The main "go to" user on theis forum, about foreign doctors entering Switzerland to take up work here, is drremobond007.

Here is his profile:
https://www.englishforum.ch/members/...mobond007.html

Here are his threads.
https://www.englishforum.ch/search.p...rchid=20039392

He has kindly taken the time to carefully collect - and structure - a wealth of information about the Swiss formal requirements for EU and non-EU doctors, how to go about registering, how to find work, what can increase one's chances, etc.

You will surely find some information there that is not applicable to you, at all, but a lot that is. Drremobond007 is something like the King of this information for doctors!
Well, I guess we’ll have to seek audience with the King eventually
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Re: Will we find jobs in Switzerland?

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Hello!

We are a Swedish family considering moving to Switzerland in a couple of years from now. We have searched the internet for some time now, unable to find answer on how easy/hard it is to find positions in our professions.
We are primarily looking at Zürich, although Bern, Basel and other German speaking cities are of interest.
The prerequisites are as follows:

I'm a doctor and specialized in Ob/Gyn. By then I will have been a specialist for about three years, having a total of eight years Ob/Gyn experience. I've studied and trained in Sweden. My main focus is towards gynecology in general and more specifically gyne oncology and tumor surgery. I have a PhD-degree in medicine.

My wife is a nurse and sub specialized as a midwife, also trained in Sweden. She will have about 13 years experience as a midwife, both from delivery wards and maternal health.

We will both have German language certificates level B2.

I'm primarily interested in working at a hospital, while my wife finds both hospital work and outpatient work equally interesting.


So, given the above: Will we be able to find jobs? We know that we will be qualified to get licenses to practice, but we can't seem to find any information on whether it is easy or hard to get employment for people that don't have German as their native language.

Thanks in advance for Your answers.
As a specialist coming from an UE country, u cannot practice independently without having worked 3 years in a swiss establissement qualified to train doctors. U could only practice if someone hires u as a dependent employee and in that case u practice under his responsibility. I dont know how it works for nurses.
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A big part of the Swiss' - even bred and born here - native language is not German.

So C1 it is.
You’re right, of course, but from our perspective German is the most tangible alternative.
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As a specialist coming from an UE country, u cannot practice independently without having worked 3 years in a swiss establissement qualified to train doctors. U could only practice if someone hires u as a dependent employee and in that case u practice under his responsibility. I dont know how it works for nurses.
Ok, thanks

I’m under the impression that this applies to non-EU citizens, being one of the pathways to be eligible to practice (based on this excellent thread by drremobond007: https://www.englishforum.ch/educatio...itzerland.html). We have similar routines in Sweden.

I think a three year long probation period would violate EU/EFTA regulations regarding free movement. In Sweden there is an initial six months long period where both the employer and employee can terminate the contract with short notice, i.e. with one month heads up. This applies to all employments, regardless of origin within the EU/EFTA.

I’ll investigate this further, though!
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