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Jobs with EU law diploma

Hello again,
There were some post on this topic here on the formu, but all of them were old, and maybe do not touch the sour spot that we have.
So the present situation is: my wife (32) has a Masters degree in law from Croatian University (EU), speaks fluent English and at the moment is at B1 in German. She worked (only) in Croatia, in NGO and Center for social welfare, and has 3+ years work experience. We know that this is a fairly ungrateful position as her diploma is practically not valid here in the Switzerland, she isn't a proficient german speaker and doesn't have "much to offer" in line of her profession, but she has received a negative answer to every single application she sent. Those jobs ranged from office assistant jobs, simple secretary ones, online positions, to those like Aldi/Lidl/Coop auxiliary jobs, essentially low paid and/or part time jobs of almost any kind. At RAV she was told that unfortunately this is not strange here, as Switzerland is a protegè country, and it is common to get a job via acquaintances, relatives, and good social connections.

I'm in IT sector, we live in a small border village and do not have many (chances to meet/have any) friends.We do not know if anything else can be done here, is there any hope to get a job that isn't cleaning&so, and what are Your experiences, if anyone else was blessed with a curse like this too 😆

What would be your advice, should she maybe enroll on university again (spend again couple of years learning) or maybe some ausbildung is there any good way to use her diploma (because it is an EU diploma it is recognized but she cannot practice swiss law. In theory she could work as paralegal jurist but we do not know where to search for a job like that).

Thank You all in advance,
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Old 23.01.2021, 15:13
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

Do you live in Switzerland or Germany?

Either way, If you are planning on staying here long term, I think she should study German (cheaper in DE than CH), then either study to convert her law degree, or study something different if she wants a change.
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

To be a paralegal, she will need to learn the local language natively.

Otherwise, she can do legal translations.

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Old 23.01.2021, 15:22
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I have lawyers in my family and they have been working from home since March (UK). Maybe as Covid has now "made this possible".... she could get a work from home position with a Croatian law firm? Of course, maybe the money would not be the same as a Swiss salary.
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

She needs to work on her German first. That is the most important thing.

There are jobs as Paralegal but most require German. See here for examples https://ch.linkedin.com/jobs/paralegal-stellen

Once her German is at least B2 she could look into an LLMoption at the universities ie Zurich or Basel or St. Gallen. There is also the ZHAW Management and Law Master degree. But her German needs improement
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

She can work as in-house legal counsel, depending on her specialty. For such jobs, she won't need Swiss legal qualifications, nor any German or other local language if she is working for an international company. However, in-house positions can be quite difficult to find. As with almost any job, much depends on luck (and connections).
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

Is she making it clear on her applications that she already has a Swiss residence permit? Because there are quota limits on Croatians for jobs here.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...r_schweiz.html

If she's putting down her nationality as Croatian without stating she has a Swiss permit then most employers will probably not bother to consider her for a job.
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

I don't know where your location is, but have you considered the French speaking region? Does she have any French? With experience in an NGO, the place to look is probably Geneva, there's many NGOs and other international organisations that employ a lot of lawyers, and the degree she has probably is quite ok for them. Working language will probably be English as well, French an asset.
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Re: Jobs with EU law diploma

How about Continuing Education in a Swiss university ? Check out

https://www.weiterbildung.uzh.ch/de/...ema/recht.html

There are some CAS programs in English.
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