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Hi

I'm Mike, I'm currently an IT contractor working in England, who specializes in .net development and SQL databases, with about 14 years real world experience as a developer. I've always planned on working abroad at some point, but last week I was invited to apply for a contract in Switzerland, and as my current contract is winding down I have been looking in to this option seriously. Hence why I'm here! I'm currently information gathering to make a balanced decision so that, if I get an interview (I'll find out on Friday) I will know whether I'm interested in moving over. (after all why waste any ones time if not!)

A little more info about myself, I'm a married father of one and a large bump who is due in December. My wife and I have discussed this job opportunity and she thinks it might be a pleasant way for her and both children to spend her maternity leave, with me in Switzerland as the initial contract is 6 months (I on the other hand had thought spending 6 months away from sleepless nights and smelly nappies was the way forward but I was outvoted! ) . Also the contract is in Vaud

I haven't fully made my way through all the relevant info in the sticky posts, so I'll probably ask some questions after I've digested all that info and done some searches.

Thanks to all who contribute here though as it's a great resource. Enough of my rambling for now!

Mike
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Old 15.11.2011, 14:27
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Hi Mike,
Welcome to the forum from one fellow Brit to another! (assuming you are British that is).
With your experience, I would think that you and your family will have a great experience here.
There are many other English speakers as you have already gathered and many of them have young families. So I am sure that you will find some like-minded friends out here.
Joining some of the many EF events is one of the best ways to make new contacts.
Good that you are researching the many useful threads for tips - just don`t (well, try not to) ask that old beloved and favourite question `Is xxxxx CHF enough to live on? . . . ` - it`s been thrashed to death.
Maybe see you around sometime. Cheers,
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Hi Basher

thanks for the welcome! Yes, I'm a Brit. I must admit my main concern is my family enjoying the experience, but it seems that I shouldn't worry about that too much as long as we get out and socialise.

LOL I'm not even going to utter that question... I've been a contractor long enough to know the answer, and I've worked out that I can afford to live on the salary offered (taking about 30% off for tax), my only question on that front (to myself) is can I afford to keep paying the full payment on my house in the UK as well. The answer is probably but it would be easier if I let the house out and put all our stuff in to storage, but I'm not sure I really want to do that (mental block on my part about someone else living in my house).

Hopefully see you around! I'll buy you a beer.

Mike
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As far as experience goes, the family experience would be quite positive.

Most of the cities are pretty small with a smattering of expats and English pubs when you want to speak English.

There are also social events through the EF!!
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