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Zurich in April...

hi,
first, this forum/site is great, have been browsing it since I found out that we might be moving to Zurich in April - thanks for all the advice already given on previous threads + what I might get in the future...

my husband has been approached recently by a professor at Uni of Zurich and has been sort of offered a permanent assistant professor position (bit confused by the Swiss terminology to be honest), starting in April-May. He is to meet his future head of dept etc in Jan to sort out the details...

it's all very exciting and rather scary at the same time - will keep on reading the forum and figure out whether it would be the right move for me too (for my husband, it would be "perfekt" and "super" - do Swiss Germans also say SUPER! all the time? or only - some - Austrians?).
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hi,
first, this forum/site is great, have been browsing it since I found out that we might be moving to Zurich in April - thanks for all the advice already given on previous threads + what I might get in the future...

my husband has been approached recently by a professor at Uni of Zurich and has been sort of offered a permanent assistant professor position (bit confused by the Swiss terminology to be honest), starting in April-May. He is to meet his future head of dept etc in Jan to sort out the details...

it's all very exciting and rather scary at the same time - will keep on reading the forum and figure out whether it would be the right move for me too (for my husband, it would be "perfekt" and "super" - do Swiss Germans also say SUPER! all the time? or only - some - Austrians?).
Hi, lots of Swiss also use "super!" ... and the younger ones tend to throw in a lot of "mega"s as well.

As for the move being good for you, it depends - would you like to work as well? If so, two paths: if you're an EU citizen, you can apply for jobs here on a level field with locals; if you're not an EU citizien it can be more complex.
Is your husband getting a B permit, or an L? If a B, you should be able to work as a 'local' but, if he only gets an L, then your prospective employer would have to prove that there were no Swiss/EU applicants who could do the job you want ...

Anyhow, welcome to the EF and, hopefully, soon to Zurich!
If you want to know if you'll have enough to do when you come over, you can check out the Social Events thread to see what's going on ...
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Re: Zurich in April...

thanks a million for your warm welcome, the social events threads look pretty exciting (ice skating!! cinema etc).

I am lucky enough to be an EU citizen, thank goodness for that, but don't speak German... can speak French (well, need to work on it a bit, but used to be fluent), some Italian (again, needs work). And my background is in humanities, with experience in the education sector + admin - nothing exciting as far as the Swiss (or anyone) are concerned... to be honest, I find the prospect of learning German rather exciting, just have to find a way to keep my sanity till I can speak the language well enough to get a job!

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Hey, welcome to the forum! I'm in the Baden area (about 20-30 minutes away from Zurich by train), and I just moved here a couple of months ago. Good luck with the learning German! And I'm curious about your Austrian knowledge? :-) I lived in Vienna for 2 years....

If you need anything, please let me know. I'd be happy to help!
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cheers Kelly that's really nice of you!
yeah, lived in Vienna 8 years ago for 11 months (or so), started learning German but by the time I started gathering momentum we moved to the UK (also knew that we won't stay there very long, so didn't commit that much. Silly me). Somehow didn't get a chance to charm the locals but really miss the city - sooo beautiful! would move back there any time!
hope you are enjoying life in Baden - never been there
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thanks a million for your warm welcome, the social events threads look pretty exciting (ice skating!! cinema etc).
You're welcome - there are some fun things on!

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The "thank you" button appears once you have enough posts ... ten, iirc. Until then, you have to thank people in posts.
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Re: Zurich in April...

I think "mega" is only used by thirty-something-ish people nowadays, the even younger crowd speaks a language I don't understand.

it might really be difficult to find a job in the education sector with just a basic knowledge of German, but there are quite a few english daycares/schools, have you ever taught? Might be something to consider, or home schooling for an english speaking family..
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Re: Zurich in April...

thanks for the advice Swiss Can, will see how things work out... my husband will fly to Zurich next week for a proper discussion/interview with the HoD and Dean. The rank & where his contract would stand in regards to permanency are not entirely clear now (it's so hard without any German & knowledge of the system to get an understanding of what's going on in academia). I am not a teacher and would be a very bad one , and not a native speaker of English, either, but I am planning on investing in learning German as soon as possible after landing (found some really useful advice here). Will be wiser in 10 days or so...

thanks again & happy new year
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