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Didn't we meet on the train sometime?

Hello everyone. I am new to English Forum Switzerland, but have been living in Zurich for 4 years. Many of you can probably guess what work I do by my profile name.
I moved to Switzerland for my partner. Despite becoming CELTA qualified, it became obvious to me that knowing English as my mother tongue did not mean that I would love teaching English day-in-day-out, as my full time work.

It may offend some English expats in Switzerland and many English speakers planning to step up into this 'high society' and acquire a prestigious address and income, but I am actually very proud to have learnt how to eat humble pie.
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Welcome to the Forum.
I've moved your post to this place as with that lovely Intro you should really get a smiling welcome from one or two EFers.
Hidden away in Entrepreneur you're not even going to be noticed!
Hope you don't mind and that the title of the Thread is OK. If you want it changing just send me a PM (Private Message) or, as you haven't got very many PMs to play around with at first, write your choice in this Thread and I'll change it.
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Welcome KTG to the Forum. I applied for your job about 5 years ago, and was turned down. Maybe your employer is too picky! After four years in Zurich can I assume you intend to stay here? Where are you from?
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Thanks Longbyt and Ittigen for your welcome.
It does feel sometimes that I am a very foolish breed of English-speaking Expats in CH who stays here for love, in spite of my 'low-status' work. It has made me feel less respected amongst male peers with highly qualified work.
I cannot guess why you would be turned back for my type of work unless you didn't fulfill one of the following criteria:- standard German;-waitering/hospitality experience;-willingness to work flexible hours with low pay.
Yes, I love CH and intend to stay here. My work allows me to meet many people and deliver them a useful service with a smile and send on their day with a good feeling. Also, I travel far and wide throughout this beautiful country, whilst practicing not only my German, but a little French and Italian too.
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Re: Didn't we meet on the train sometime?

Welcome KTG
Hope you like it here. You'll find that many EFers have been in similar situations before finding employment in their profession.. seems to be part of the course (when I was just starting, I worked as a sales lady here n' there to fill the rough spots.. twas all very good).
In fact getting the experience and the support of your present employer even if it's a restaurant, will be useful to you when looking for another job. In a country where a high % of the hiring procedure depends on good references, you have everything to gain.
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It does feel sometimes that I am a very foolish breed of English-speaking Expats in CH who stays here for love, in spite of my 'low-status' work. It has made me feel less respected amongst male peers with highly qualified work.
Hi Kaffee Tee Gipfeli!

Do not feel foolish .... don't do yourself down .... there are many many "trailing partners" out here .... I gave up a job in the City and have now not worked for 4 years as my qualifications and experience were so UK specific (specialising in finance in the NHS -now that is useless here ) that they are not proving very transferrable at all .... so ok, I dress it up to the outside world that I have decided to "spend time with my family" and yes we have had another baby, but it amounts to the same thing, and I certainly do sympathise when you say you feel less respected for it. Me too I have always said that I would happily work in a shop/cafe just to improve my German (well Swiss German) so for what its worth, I think what you are doing is a really good idea. You should be proud.

In the meantime, make mine a frothy coffee! (now there's another life skill ..)
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Many of you can probably guess what work I do by my profile name.
Professional beggar?

Welcome to EF! People travel and move (to another city, to another street, to another continent) for all sorts of reasons. They're not accurately represented here on EF but it doesn't mean they're not here.
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It may offend some English expats in Switzerland and many English speakers planning to step up into this 'high society' and acquire a prestigious address and income, but I am actually very proud to have learnt how to eat humble pie.
You never know how many of the 'high society' members aren't just very clever in their choice of job descriptions. Adrianlondon is an IT consultant who speaks internediate (sic!) Mandarin. He consults small oranges?

and talking of my occupation, what lower being is there than a Mod on EF?
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who speaks internediate (sic!) Mandarin
After one year, someone has actually read my profile! Edited the typo

From The Family Guy:


Brian: Wow Derek, that's pretty good French you speak there.
Jillian: He also speaks Orange.
Derek: Mandarin, honey.
Jillian: Mandolin.

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After one year, someone has actually read my proifle! Edited the typo
You just made another one in here. Hi, Hi, Hi. See, that's what I mean about these high-flying, super intelligent, high earning guys. They cannot even spell when correcting their own typo!!


I bet I'll suffer for being so nasty sometime this week - in spite of his lousy spelling, adrianlondon has a very good memory.


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After one year, someone has actually read my profle! Edited the typo
Later still: And now the guy has edited his post Nr. 9 and it is STILL wrong! Ah these youngsters. It's PROFILE desr sir, P-R-O-F-I-L-E

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It's PROFILE desr sir
Desr Longbyt, thanks for the correction.
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Ah these youngsters. It's PROFILE desr sir, P-R-O-F-I-L-E
See, he's got me doing it now too.

Back on topic now or poor old Kaffee?Tee?Gipfeli? will think he's in a madhouse here.
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My Minibar offers 7 types of coffee, 3 teas, hot chocolate, 8 soft drinks, 3 beers (Swiss and foreign), red and white wine, 3 sandwich types, 2 croissants and 8 other sweet and savoury snack foods. And it's as simple as that really.
It gives me great pleasure to meet endless types of people, receive random compliments on my service, smile and excellent German competency, aswell as learning to face difficult people too. The difficult ones are the most pleasure because my uniform and simple friendly service can turn their day around.
Any time, on any train, I invite you all to greet me, the Minibar guy, and talk to me - if you, like me, have also ever known a poor old mad beggar to bring out a smile on your face.
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you seem familiar to me......must be the 18+ hours on ICN I spend per week!!
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Welcome KTG
Hope you like it here. You'll find that many EFers have been in similar situations before finding employment in their profession.. seems to be part of the course (when I was just starting, I worked as a sales lady here n' there to fill the rough spots.. twas all very good).
In fact getting the experience and the support of your present employer even if it's a restaurant, will be useful to you when looking for another job. In a country where a high % of the hiring procedure depends on good references, you have everything to gain.

Hi Sky
As I am new, I do not yet have a 'thanks button'. Yet for what it's worth - thank you for your helpful comments in regard to my work. It gave me some motivation and perspective on my situation.
Cheers
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