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Hello everyone, I have a simple but complicated question

I want to quit my job in a couple of months due to being very tired and saturated of it.
I've thought about it for months already and to be very honest it is what I'm going to do sooner or later.

My german is not very good, I would say I have the A1 level, I can understand and talk about basic stuff.

I'm willing to go to RAF 2 or 3 months without pay as long as they pay me a german course. My question is, even if they take 2 or 3 months to pay me, can I start the german course in the first month that I register with RAF?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 16.06.2020, 23:29
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I'm willing to go to RAF 2 or 3 months without pay as long as they pay me a german course. My question is, even if they take 2 or 3 months to pay me, can I start the german course in the first month that I register with RAF?
Unlikely. They'll need to go through the first round of meetings, send you for language assessment, then assign you onto a course. And even then, it's not guaranteed.

If you've already registered on one it's very unlikely (as in, no chance whatsoever) that they'll pay for it.

Oh, and it's RAV, by the way, not RAF. The German V is often pronounced like an English F.
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Old 16.06.2020, 23:42
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Hello everyone, I have a simple but complicated question

I want to quit my job in a couple of months due to being very tired and saturated of it.
I've thought about it for months already and to be very honest it is what I'm going to do sooner or later.

My german is not very good, I would say I have the A1 level, I can understand and talk about basic stuff.

I'm willing to go to RAF 2 or 3 months without pay as long as they pay me a german course. My question is, even if they take 2 or 3 months to pay me, can I start the german course in the first month that I register with RAF?

Thanks in advance.
The objective is to get you off the RAV as quickly as possible and a German course does not achieve that objective. They usually only put you on a German cause after they are satisfied that it is the only way to get you off the RAV.
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Old 16.06.2020, 23:45
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Re: Quitting

They will put you into any course, as long as you can prove them, that by completing the course, your chances of getting hired will drastically increase. Talk it over with your RAV advisor and see what the options are.
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Old 17.06.2020, 06:54
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Re: Quitting

What permit do you have and what nationality? How long have you been working in Switzerland? That may affect any ability to claim RAV.
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Re: Quitting

Do I understand this correctly? You are looking to find a way for the Swiss government to pay you not to work and take German classes?
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Hello everyone, I have a simple but complicated question

I want to quit my job in a couple of months due to being very tired and saturated of it.
I've thought about it for months already and to be very honest it is what I'm going to do sooner or later.

My german is not very good, I would say I have the A1 level, I can understand and talk about basic stuff.

I'm willing to go to RAF 2 or 3 months without pay as long as they pay me a german course. My question is, even if they take 2 or 3 months to pay me, can I start the german course in the first month that I register with RAF?

Thanks in advance.
On one hand, an economic upheaval is on the way. It may not be the best time to quit the job because getting a new one could be more challenging than before.

On the other hand, you should have a work permit obtained because an employer needed some specific skills. Those skills are so important that the the knowledge of local language was not considered when the permit was emitted. If German was not needed before, why is it needed now?

Finally, there are low cost options www.ecap.ch I went there to learn German up to A2 level, 2 evenings per week during 4 months, 270 CHF.
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Re: Quitting

Have you thought about asking your boss for 80% or even 60% ? Just tell m you need more time for yourself and that you want to follow a German course to get better integrated.

The worst that can happen is that they say no (at which point you can still quit) or get fired (yey !)
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On one hand, an economic upheaval is on the way. It may not be the best time to quit the job because getting a new one could be more challenging than before.
Absolutely, also this:

https://www.20min.ch/story/hat-jeman...n-905820452627

People who legitimately sign up for RAV aren't even receiving benefits due to a backlog and are going hungry.
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Re: Quitting

If you are motivated enough there are basically free options to learn German through tandems, self study, getting out and about and practicing what you have learned. I went from rusty high school German to B1 before moving to Switzerland principally through self study. The key for me was just making sure to study and practice regularly i.e. everyday even just for 10 - 15 mins in my lunch break. So I wouldn’t make any decision conditional on getting a free RAV course.

Maybe also take a step back and consider whether there are alternatives before you go for the nuclear option and quit without another job lined up e.g. asking for unpaid leave or trying to engineer a change at work. I always find its amazing how much I feel better about work after a good break. I’ve been through plenty of times when I was basically fed up, burnt out and wanted to jack in work and made changes but in retrospect I think it was rarely the job that was the issue but me. I wasn’t disciplined enough to look after myself and not put work ahead of other things that I enjoyed and that helped keep me happy. I was also probably not brave enough to have honest discussions at work that might have improved the situation. Quitting is always an option once you’ve exhausted the options.
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Re: Quitting

Sorry for my beef, but it always upsets me when people quit jobs and expect the taxpayer (me included) to fork out for a lifestyle change.

I understand you want to change jobs, and I have no problem with that, but first secure a new position in a field you enjoy, and in the meantime learn German to a higher standard as suggested by fellow posters above.

Leave the RAV to those who really need it whose jobs have gone due to the current situation!
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Old 17.06.2020, 13:06
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Re: Quitting

I'm kinda tired of my job as well, it is stressful and not doing my health much good. However it has some positive sides, pays well, allows some work/life balance and is currently quite secure.

But no way would I quit without another position, especially in these times. German courses can be done cheaper than the income drop you'll have on RAV benefits. And don't forget RAV benefits last for around 20 months..after that the music stops and you won't have a chair...
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You poor baby! Tired of having to do what everyone else does and that is WORK to support themselves. You think you are the only one that gets tired having to work every day at a job they might not particularly love. RAV should not be for lazy scroungers who cannot be bothered to work but for people in genuine need who, through no fault of their own, have been made unemployed and need help to support themselves and their families.

Have some self respect, You currently have a job and regular income so if you want to learn German you have 2 options. A. Pay for it yourself. B. Put in some effort and take advantage of the numerous free options.
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Old 17.06.2020, 13:39
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Re: Quitting

As a first post, we can pretty much assume this is an EF troll...

Genuine advice, find your next job before quitting - German is not prevalent in most companies here that operate also outside of Switzerland, skills/experience/education is what you can bring which may be more than other candidates (and presumably why you got your current role), and how you interact at interview.

Also let's get this straight, it's not actual tax money we pay, but unemployement insurance, to be covered in case of job loss and help us get back into work. You are entitled to it, and the RAV is just there to help you how to find work and make sure you are helping your self.
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You poor baby! Tired of having to do what everyone else does and that is WORK to support themselves. You think you are the only one that gets tired having to work every day at a job they might not particularly love. RAV should not be for lazy scroungers who cannot be bothered to work but for people in genuine need who, through no fault of their own, have been made unemployed and need help to support themselves and their families.

Have some self respect, You currently have a job and regular income so if you want to learn German you have 2 options. A. Pay for it yourself. B. Put in some effort and take advantage of the numerous free options.
There's no need to be judgemental like that.

The fact that the original residence permit was emitted without requiring the mastery of a local language shows OP has skills valued by employers over language. RAV will just point at this fact and ask OP to look for another job based on those skills. The system works, end of story.
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Old 17.06.2020, 14:22
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Re: Quitting

To assume that if you quit your job, there is a gap, and then you will automatically collect RAV payments is a false assumption.

It is entirely at their discretion.

I have also heard anecdotal evidence that the intensive language programs, paid for by the RAV are not as freely given out as they once were.

Unless you are doing a really low level job, anything below B2 level really isn't going to be of any use in a working environment.
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Re: Quitting

There are plenty of free (or low cost options) for German learning online. Try the free versions of Duolingo, Lindqvist, Der, Die, Das etc. It doesn't have to revolve round paid for classes and Duolingo includes a message board for comments, tips and hints with the free version. You can also find free short German courses at Future Learn online, part of the Open University in the UK but available worldwide. Other services offer free trials for a short period, enough to pick things up.



I would suggest if you have no other means of financial support and you have bills to cover then packing your job in is not a good idea under the current global pandemic situation. I was suddenly made redundant in London shortly before the UK property market crashed in the early 90s and finding another job was sheer hell, when I eventually found one I had to accept half the salary and benefits I was on before redundancy. I hated the job but stuck with it for 2 years to keep us out of debt.
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"I have also heard anecdotal evidence that the intensive language programs, paid for by the RAV are not as freely given out as they once were."

I went on one that was 90 minutes 5 mornings a week for 6 weeks back in 2016, via the voucher I was given with my residency permit. It wasn't great, we had one teacher, a German guy, who was good and another young woman who was like a headless chicken and none of us could follow her. She taught using little kids games and nobody actually learned anything the 2 days a week we had her. It put me off German until 2 years later. Met someone else who took the course and she said the same, it put her off. With the voucher scheme in Baselstadt you can only attend certain course providers.
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Sorry for my beef, but it always upsets me when people quit jobs and expect the taxpayer (me included) to fork out for a lifestyle change.

I understand you want to change jobs, and I have no problem with that, but first secure a new position in a field you enjoy, and in the meantime learn German to a higher standard as suggested by fellow posters above.

Leave the RAV to those who really need it whose jobs have gone due to the current situation!
What business is it of yours? If the person qualifies for RAV, then so be it. After all, they paid their contributions into the system. Should they remain miserable and start abusing opioids or self-medicate through other means and then become a real fiscal burden to the system by permanently getting social assistance instead?
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Re: Quitting

Thanks everyone for their messages. I wasn't expecting this to get this much attention and as a matter of fact a couple of you guys missed the real question "My question is, even if they take 2 or 3 months to pay me, can I start the german course in the first month that I register with RAV?"

But since many of you created a different discussion...

Clearly there are 2 different mindsets and types of thoughts on this situation.

The "don't leave the job" or "don't milk the system" mentality which shows a more conservative approach.

And the other mentalitly which is clearly the one I'm trying to go with, which is, if one is not happy with something, he should seek for a better way of life. Is it a risk? Yes it is, but like I mentioned in my topic, I will leave the job sooner or later, it's not my area of interest and not my field of work as well.
Of course it's normal not to like the job or prefer something else, or prefer to be a pop star musician, yea I get it, but I'm still young, I'm in my early 20s and I'm afraid to take wrong decisions, working in a job which is clearly not what I like and it was just a job to save some money doesn't look like the best decision in life.

Are you guys trying to say that if one starts a career in the wrong path they can't change? Once a housekeeper always a housekeeper?
I need german to pursue the career I want.

For the ones that asked, I have B, I'm from an european country and I work in this job for almost 2 years. I'm in my early 20's. I came to switzerland to save some money to invest in my life or pursue further education. I like switzerland as a country, so I decided to stay longer.

I don't want to "milk" RAV actually, that's why I mentioned I don't even mind not getting paid the first 3 months as long as they pay me the german course from the beginning. I think this is what many people didn't understand, I don't want RAV's money, I want their help to improve my german so I can find a better job in my field. I don't want to stay there for 1 year like many people do.
I think 3, 4 or 5 months would be extremely useful for my german.

For the ones that suggest me trying to learn german for free or in my free time, well, trust me I tried. People are different but in my case I can't seem to focus much on learning while I'm working full time. I tried it for years already, back in my country I was studying 2 times per week while working, and I was even in a 1 day per week german course here in switzerland for as long as 1 year. Did it help? yes, but it's definitly not enough and its a slow process. I like to study so I know if I go to an intesive course I will manage to learn way faster.

And like lost_inbroad said, if I do stay in this job for much longer, I will probably be miserable, which I already am, kinda.
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