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Old 01.10.2011, 03:12
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Hi. <-- Swiss and considering moving to Switzerland

Hello all.

I'm a Swiss citizen but since I've lived all my life elsewhere and my first language is not one of the four spoken in CH, the idea of "moving back" didn't occur to me as an actual possibility until recently when a number of people all told me it was doable. I'm 30 years old now.

At large, my concern revolves around the whole getting a job and career thing.
I have yet to contact the embassy here to find out what exactly is the "support" they provide to repatriates but basically I'm needing some insight on what's the best way to do this.

I'm not sure what are the timings when it comes to job searches there but I'm obviously not too convinced about moving and being unemployed for several months until I get hired (if it happens).
Some guy told be about interviews over the phone but I'm not sure how common is that.

My education is the following:
- Bachelor's Degree in Management
- Master's Degree in Finance
- Fluent English and Spanish, DELF B2 in French

. . . so I'm aiming for the Romandy region as far as the language issue goes. I'd still have to work in English at first until I become fully fluent in French.
From what I've read online, the Swiss seem to have a different system when it comes to higher education so I'm not sure how meaningful will my degrees be there.

Most of my work experience is either clerical/administrative or dealing with expenditures control, budgeting, reporting etc. . . Necessarily, I have some related IT skills.
One possibility I'm considering is looking for an entry-level job in something I'm more interested in but that I haven't worked on before like financial/investments analysis or related. . .

I don't have any connections there.

Anyway, if you moved to Switzerland "from scratch" or know someone who did please tell me what advice can you give me.

Cheers,
Alexander
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