Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Introductions  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 21.06.2011, 18:28
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 2
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mariejd has no particular reputation at present
Montreal girl new to Zurich

Hi everyone,

I thought I would introduce myself! I just recently arrived to Zurich. Before that, I was working in Dubai where I met my Swiss partner, and after our expat assignments were over, we decided to come to Zurich (well, to return back here, in my boyfriend's case!) I'm originally from Montreal, Canada, but I grew up mostly in South America, so I also speak Spanish. Unfortunately, I don't speak German yet, and I must say I find it a little hard to have this language barrier...

I'm also a little discouraged with the work situation. I have a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, but find it very difficult to find job positions in Zurich. Most seem to be for electrical/IT positions, especially in the big firms like ABB, Bombardier and Alstom. Any advice for me?

I lok forward to settling down in this beautiful city, and hopefully meet some fellow quebecois! ;-)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 21.06.2011, 18:37
TheWolverine's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 1,490
Groaned at 13 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 1,378 Times in 688 Posts
TheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Quote:
View Post
Hi everyone,

I thought I would introduce myself! I just recently arrived to Zurich. Before that, I was working in Dubai where I met my Swiss partner, and after our expat assignments were over, we decided to come to Zurich (well, to return back here, in my boyfriend's case!) I'm originally from Montreal, Canada, but I grew up mostly in South America, so I also speak Spanish. Unfortunately, I don't speak German yet, and I must say I find it a little hard to have this language barrier...

I'm also a little discouraged with the work situation. I have a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, but find it very difficult to find job positions in Zurich. Most seem to be for electrical/IT positions, especially in the big firms like ABB, Bombardier and Alstom. Any advice for me?

I lok forward to settling down in this beautiful city, and hopefully meet some fellow quebecois! ;-)
Hello Mariejd,

Welcome to Switzerland and the EF.
The language barrier can be overwhelming at first, but in due time you will surely pick up the basics that you need for everyday life.

Finding work can be hard in the beginning but there are loads of threads on the forum with advice and information for job seekers. Keep trying and hopefully you will find a very good job quite soon.

Cheers and good luck.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank TheWolverine for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 21.06.2011, 18:38
Ouchboy's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Baden
Posts: 3,345
Groaned at 67 Times in 54 Posts
Thanked 5,739 Times in 2,182 Posts
Ouchboy has a reputation beyond reputeOuchboy has a reputation beyond reputeOuchboy has a reputation beyond reputeOuchboy has a reputation beyond reputeOuchboy has a reputation beyond reputeOuchboy has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Welcome to the forum.

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 21.06.2011, 18:55
CHanuck's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Basel
Posts: 116
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 84 Times in 48 Posts
CHanuck has made some interesting contributions
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Greetings, my fellow Canadian! Welcome to Switzerland. I am also new to the country (living in Basel) and am facing the same language barrier but I've just signed up for German classes so I hope I will be able to make some progress in this area soon. In eight weeks, I'm supposed to have a grasp on 'elementary German' but after two classes, I have my doubts! I'll keep you posted.

I'm the last person you would want giving advice (since I've been here all of 12 days and have not even started a career search myself yet), but I'm wondering if perhaps you could broaden your job search to include Basel and think about commuting from somewhere halfway (or even from Zurich since the train ride is only an hour). The reason I'm suggesting this is that two of the pharmaceutical giants are headquartered in Basel and I can only assume that they need people with your education and expertise. Also, they seem to have a fair number of positions for which the only required language is English.

I'm not sure if that's helpful or not but just a thought! Best of luck with the job hunt and German!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 21.06.2011, 19:34
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 2
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mariejd has no particular reputation at present
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

CHanuck, I love your nickname! ;-)
Looking in Basel is a good idea, & I've already looked into a few pharma companies but it seems they're looking more for pure chemist or scientists... Will keep looking!

Good luck with German (I also looked at a few schools) & good luck with future career search!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 21.06.2011, 20:31
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 4
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hakeem has no particular reputation at present
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Quote:
View Post
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

CHanuck, I love your nickname! ;-)
Looking in Basel is a good idea, & I've already looked into a few pharma companies but it seems they're looking more for pure chemist or scientists... Will keep looking!

Good luck with German (I also looked at a few schools) & good luck with future career search!
Hi, mariejd,

Try looking here: http://www.novartis.com/careers/job-search/index.shtml.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 21.06.2011, 20:34
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Hi and bienvenue, welcome. Well, no sooner one leaves us... and another arrives. Wonder if she'll become as 'famous'
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 21.08.2011, 15:16
Longbyt's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: ZH
Posts: 8,103
Groaned at 57 Times in 53 Posts
Thanked 12,980 Times in 4,732 Posts
Longbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Could we have a translation of that bit of 'not-English' please?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 21.08.2011, 15:34
Nil's Avatar
Nil Nil is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 10,356
Groaned at 428 Times in 333 Posts
Thanked 16,045 Times in 6,322 Posts
Nil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Aye Salut!

Bienvenue en Suisse! I hope you'll like it.

I am from Montreal too, actually I am from T-R. but feel like a real Montrealaise! I left Montreal 7 years ago.

I also left Switzerland almost 3 months ago. So sadly we won't be able to meet. But if you need informations, if you need just a bit of Quebecois, I am here!

à +

Nil
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 21.08.2011, 16:32
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Gustavooo has no particular reputation at present
Re: Montreal girl new to Zurich

Hi AM new in Zurich, Hope you are doing well, sorry because I have sent a message in Spanish.

Thanks
Gustavo
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Visiting Montréal for a week. eddiejc1 General off-topic 0 30.04.2011 15:08
Moving from Montreal. boxcarracer Introductions 13 31.10.2010 21:54
Moving to Lausanne from Montreal (Canada) proshut Introductions 7 03.03.2010 22:06
UN Leaving NY for Montreal??? born2run International affairs/politics 0 20.10.2007 19:54
Just moved back from Montreal Sky7 Introductions 7 18.01.2007 03:20


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 17:21.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0