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Could you please share your wisdom with me? I am trying to figure out the career steps I could take and have no idea which way to go. I have studied English abroad and worked as an English teacher for a few years. In the past seven years here in Switzerland I have mostly worked with children in daycare and so on. I would like to change my work field to further develop myself. Do you have any idea where to start from? I like working with people and would like to do administrative jobs. However, I don’t have a commercial background. I also considered studying HR, but the university expects one year of paid experience on the field. Do you know of any short-term course I could take that would get me a job? What do you do when your only superpower is speaking several languages? Btw.my German is also very good. I am getting ready for a Goethe C2 level exam (I already had the C1).
I would be very thankful for your inputs!
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Are you an EU national? If not what permit do you have.
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I am from the EU and have a B permit.
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From the sound of it you looked at Universities of Applied Scienes. There you need working experience in that area. But given your level of German look into Universities as well. There you dont need work experience.
Why dont you study for a bachelor degree? If you liked working with children shat about Pädagogik? Or Psychologie? That might no be a direct route but you could still work part time and get a Swiss degree which will help in finding employment.
Or what about a Handelsdiplom? There are special classes for adults. See for example https://www.minervaschulen.ch/de-CH/...uer-Erwachsene
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Dear Irish_Temptation, thanks for your reply. I already have a MA degree in English and a BA in Pedagogics,but I didn`t have my diplomas recognised yet. After almost ten years of working with children, I would like to do something new. Thanks for the link, I will surely have a look.
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Re: Please advise [career choice/steps]

Languages, admin, people .... what about something like hotel reception or tourism office etc.
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Old 01.05.2021, 15:41
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If you want to keep working with children there is a big shortage of kindergarten teachers and specialists like 'Heilpegagogue' and special needs teachers.


If you dont' want to work with kids then you need to target a growth area. Personally, from what I have seen lately HR and Marketing are very much over-populated with people who need jobs.


https://www.expatica.com/ch/working/...erland-102375/


Areas needing more skilled staff are:

  • engineering
  • technical (e.g., heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians)
  • finance
  • IT
  • medicine and pharmaceutical
  • legal
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Re: Please advise [career choice/steps]

in IT first things that comes to my mind when you say language, people is product owner or someone else in the line of communicating with end clients on one side and engineers on the other side

or if writing is your forte, then copywriting

or maybe just office manager person, the one who makes office function properly - order equipment, solve issues

or people happiness officer or whatever is hype title these days, but some startups/companies really have folks whose job is to check in with other employees and gather information about what's bothering them (from mundane things like no window blinds to others) and trying to solve it.

Basically, like kindergarten person, just for adults - improve environment and routines so that they can happily play together in that sand
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Re: Please advise [career choice/steps]

this is a hard transition to areas that already have an abundance of workers, I can just wish you luck.

Tourism seems to me a weaker job market than being a daycare teacher so I'm not sure it'd be a transition where you gain anything, but if getting away from kids is the point, why not.

Fields that are always decent for jobs are technical fields, and depending on the level (handwerker or engineer/business) you just need swiss german or swiss german + english. Anything more is mostly useless, sadly for me.

Humanities-related jobs like translating etc. are weak job markets from what I see. But some people do get in permanently.
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Re: Please advise [career choice/steps]

Do you need to keep earning to support yourself while you change direction, or could you afford to take time off working for a salary to, for example:
  • study full-time (with no earnings)
  • train full-time (with, perhaps, a trainee's salary)
  • try out a range of temporary jobs (with irregular, and possibly low wages)?
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Re: Please advise [career choice/steps]

You might find some inspiration here, at the Berufsberatung Luzern.
https://www.berufsberatung.ch/dyn/show/13209

Ordinarily, they also provide consultations which, for adults, cost Fr. 180 (reduced price Fr. 120), but their offices are closed due to covid, so a limited service is available by mail.
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Re: Please advise [career choice/steps]

Thank you All for your inputs! Wishing you all the best!
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