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Hello everybody,
me and my husband have been living in Zurich for the last year. He is doing a PhD at ETH. We both come from Iceland and for the past last year I have been writing my masters thesis in History from the university of Iceland and I graduated a month ago. So now I am trying to decide what my next steps will be.

Before I came to Zurich I thought that I would have no problem in finding a job after I finished my masters. But now I am not as optimistic. I have been looking around and see that most of the job advertisement are asking for programmers, and people with banking and financial education. Then most of the other advertisements have a strict German speaking conditions and requirements. (even the cleaning service one's)

I have a basic knowledge of the German language, but not much more than that. I know that I could spend the next 1/2 - 1 year to learn to speak the language fluently, but that is expensive and perhaps my time would be better spent doing something else? My main question is, where should I look for a English speaking jobs in Zurich or are there any such jobs available? I am greatly thankful for all answers and advice on this thread.

Warmly,
Bragi Bergsson

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Old 02.12.2012, 16:50
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Look at your problem from an Icelandic viewpoint, how many jobs are available to foreigners in Iceland, that do not speak the local language, are there?
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Re: Been in Switzerland for a year but now finally de-lurking (:

I know what you mean, bragi. Because Zurich (and Geneva) have many international businesses and have a large English-speaking business community, it can come as a hard realisation that even the most basic jobs require top language skills.

Can't help re: Zurich, but what kind of job are you looking for?

Hope someone more local can help.
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Re: Been in Switzerland for a year but now finally de-lurking (:

Thank you Sbrinz and Lemanglaise for your reply.
Regarding Iceland and most other Nordic countries, there is always work to be found for foreigners if they speak English, because almost everybody speaks and understand English in those countries. These jobs are maybe not the best paid one's but never the less. Here on the other hand, it seems to me (I may be wrong! hence this thread) that all the jobs require German language skills - even those where the employee does not even have to speak much during work.

Anyways :-) I would almost do any kind of work, it does not have to be full time. I would be happy to work at cleaning, at childcare or at a factory - I have a open mind about everything. But I do not seem to find anything, or I do not know were to look! But of course I would like to work at something I have educated my self at, that is something in the field of history, museum, tour guiding, landscape planing or gardening.

Warmly,
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