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From IRL/NI to CH... soon enough

Hello everyone,

After some years working in Dublin, I'll be taking a career break for a minimum 12 months, and I am planning on moving to Switzerland, probably around late Aug/early Sept, to experience life there on the ground there for a while and see how things unfold. I'm single and will also have a bit saved, which makes it a bit more straightforward.

I've already seen a fair bit of Switzerland these past few years, and my preference is to move to Suisse Romande - I'm fluent in French [C1], and worked in France years back, so at least theoretically I'd stand a better chance at finding a job there. I mean, my German is fairly decent [B1] as well, but my Schweizerdeutsch is of a shocking standard

Favouring Lausanne, as it's easy access to ski resorts, rest of CH, France etc while being a big enough city to have some kind of social life. My professional background is economist/policy analyst, but I do intend to be flexible as to which sector I work in, certainly initially anyway.

Also, just to say I stumbled across this forum last week, and the info I've already found here has been invaluable. I'll no doubt be weighing in with questions in the coming days/weeks/months, but it's been great to read peoples' own experience, - the good and the bad - on a whole range of things.

Cheers,
Paul
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Re: From IRL/NI to CH... soon enough

Nice introduction. Welcome to the Forum.

I'm glad to see that you are reading about both the positives and negatives here and you seem to be realistic about things which saves a lot of heart-break later!

Enjoy the digging up of information and planning your arrival. Good luck with it all.
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