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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

Just want to say a BIG thank you to all concerned so far. There's been some really valuable input in this thread. I'm much less worried about moving now than I've ever been.

Thank you so much.
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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

What I did at 40, married to a Swiss and no German was, take a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course for a month full-time in the UK before leaving. You can do it here, but it's cheaper in the UK.

If you have a good grasp or 'proper' English you may be accepted for a course. But it's hard work!

TEFL is a competitive and oversupplied business, but with maturity and business experience you may find work. But the first 10 years I worked 3 evenings a week to 22:00....
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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

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I commend you for being willing to do work outside of your field, even menial work, if that's all you happen to find. Or even as something to do while you are improving your French language skills and looking for an IT job.

I recommend this long thread, started by Kiwi2Swiss (an originally Swiss woman who had lived in New Zealand for many years, and who was returning with her Kiwi husband). I think that, on the topic of "no qualifications", it is one of the best on this forum:
https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...fications.html.
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What I did at 40, married to a Swiss and no German was, take a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course for a month full-time in the UK before leaving. You can do it here, but it's cheaper in the UK.

If you have a good grasp or 'proper' English you may be accepted for a course. But it's hard work!

TEFL is a competitive and oversupplied business, but with maturity and business experience you may find work. But the first 10 years I worked 3 evenings a week to 22:00....
Did you have a field hat you had previously worked in before TEFL course?

Working until 22:00 for 3 days a week sounds like an acceptable thing at the moment. Was that full time employment or do you mean that was the TEFL course?
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I commend you for being willing to do work outside of your field, even menial work, if that's all you happen to find. Or even as something to do while you are improving your French language skills and looking for an IT job.

I recommend this long thread, started by Kiwi2Swiss (an originally Swiss woman who had lived in New Zealand for many years, and who was returning with her Kiwi husband). I think that, on the topic of "no qualifications", it is one of the best on this forum:
https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...fications.html.
Thanks doropfiz. Before I got in to the IT field I had some really poor jobs and at the end of the day, it would be about surviving in Switzerland first of all. As they say, beggars can't be choosers.
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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

With that attitude alone you will be a length ahead of many other immigrant/ expat/ trailing-spouse folk! Those who suffer the most (cultural alienation, lack of purpose, homesickness, difficulty settling in) seem to be the ones who imagined that their previous qualifications and skills would have them walking into a well-paid job automatically or at least within three months. You, however, are doing your research, are learning French, and seem to be willing to re-think and adapt. I like that about you.
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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

hello ive been here 8 years, working as a bricklayer,nearly always been in work b, the first year was bad weather, and i had not built up enough insurance to cover me so i lost about 2 weeks in 4 , for a couple of months, but i was used to losing time in uk, i worked for temp firms, till i was taken on full time, it has been a bit of a drag because, all sites i have worked on ar groups of people fromthe same villages in, spain, portugal, or former yugo countries, and you are made to feel like an outsider, they are not bad people, just a cultural difference,swiss are fairls slim on the ground on sites, too educated,but nevr let it bother me, the point im making, it is easy to get work, go to the employment agencies, i signed up for everything from .cleaning toilets , to night driving, bu got offered work in my trade straight away, if you dont mind bangin in the hours, you can make good enough money, menial , manual labour , pays relatively good money, with protected rates, unlike uk whee you do a s..... job for s..... money, good luck,
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Did you have a field hat you had previously worked in before TEFL course?

Working until 22:00 for 3 days a week sounds like an acceptable thing at the moment. Was that full time employment or do you mean that was the TEFL course?
I had had nothing to do with teaching before coming to Switzerland, I was in marketing and advertising before. But I realised that there was no hope for me here without a firm grasp of Swiss and High German.

I worked afternoons and evenings teaching in Zurich. After 10years I had built up enough contacts to leave the schools (I worked for 2) and go on my own...
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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

The issue of qualifications may come up if you are trying to find a job with the Global companies. ie banks and pharma. They tend to want qualifications. So if you find thats the case then also look at smaller companies.
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Re: Potentially moving to Switzerland and really need advice.

One alternative to applying to multi-national companies would be to go through an agency. Try looking on JobUp to see who is offering jobs (most adverts on there are from agencies) and there are also consultancies you could contact directly (Blue Infinity, The IT Guys are two that come to mind).

I have to admit, I don't know if companies like this are more likely to accept someone without qualifications but it's worth a punt. As you could be placed in a client site for a short period, as long as you have enough experience to do the work required they should be happy...?
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