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Old 08.04.2007, 19:21
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Finance job with tons of education but little job experience

Hi,
I am new to the forum although I have been browsing it for a while. I have a question about the probability of getting a job.

My husband is discussing a transfer to Geneva or Lausanne. He is not EU citizen. I have a degree in Math from Moscow State, diploma in Economics from LSE and PhD in Finance from a good (15th from the top in Finance) university in US.

I worked in Russia in banking for a couple of years in the 90-s but it was more management position with responsibilities very specific to Russia in the time :-)) I also worked in London in a major investment bank as an intern on fixed income intenation desk in 2000. I liked the job but did not like the hours (from 6:30am-6 pm). Such hours are absolutely out for me now as I do want to see my kids not only on the weekends.

After I completed my PhD in 2003, I did not look for a job and I stayed at home with my small kids. Now not that I need to find a job, as we can survive with only my husband working, but I would like to find an interesting job in quantative finance and preferably in Geneva or Vaud. All the ads that I've seen are predominantly for Zurich and with German. I am not completely against learning German, but I do not think that commuting between Zurich and Geneva daily is an option for me. I have some knowledge of French, can read more or less a text and will try to improve my communication skills.

Cutting things short, is it reasonable for me to hope to find a job in French speaking part of Switzerland, or should I begin learning German and thinking abt Zurich? Or the chances for me to find a job with non-EU citizenship are really low and I should just stay home (in US or in Geneva/Lausanne) and do something else, i.e. not working?

Thank you in advance for your comments.
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