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Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

Good morning all,

I am a native Swiss, born and raised near Zurich. Left at 20 to explore the world and lived in Hong Kong for 4 years. Returned to Switzerland for 4 years and then moved to the USA. I have been there 18 years now, which seems crazy in itself as I had not planned on that. Now, married for almost 5 years with an American and a 2 year old little boy later, we have decided to move back to Switzerland. I say move back but my husband has never lived here. Visited, yes, but never lived here. He is in the forum too - Brett

Of course, we are excited and incredibly nervous. We do have an apartment lined up and a car (from my dad who just passed), but of course we need jobs. My husband doesn't speak Swiss German or German yet, so that seems to be the first task. It's hard to know what is available in Switzerland now in regards to English jobs as I have been gone 18 years - a lot seems to have changed.

We both have a lot of different skill sets. We both are trained as life coaches through in ICF approved program. I have a business degree from Switzerland with slant of government, tutored in German and taught English, translated and interpreted, worked in all sorts of fields (project manager, insurance company, etc.). He has a Masters in teaching and global leadership design, huge soccer training background, currently field supervisor in construction. So, lots of 'stuff' but not all with certificates or degrees, which still seems to be a big deal in Switzerland, unless I am mistaken. So, where can we find jobs? What's the best approach?

Anyways, we would love to connect with others who are in a similar position, have successfully made the move, can give us tips on jobs, language study etc., love to hang out, get the mix of a Swiss / American marriage, love craft beer ..... all that

Thanks for letting us join your community!

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Old 18.01.2019, 22:19
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Welcome to the Forum, and soon to Switzerland. I have no ideas on jobs, but if you want to speak American/Swiss and are in Bern sometime, drop me a line.
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Good morning all,

I am a native Swiss, born and raised near Zurich. Left at 20 to explore the world and lived in Hong Kong for 4 years. Returned to Switzerland for 4 years and then moved to the USA. I have been there 18 years now, which seems crazy in itself as I had not planned on that. Now, married for almost 5 years with an American and a 2 year old little boy later, we have decided to move back to Switzerland. I say move back but my husband has never lived here. Visited, yes, but never lived here. He is in the forum too - Brett

Of course, we are excited and incredibly nervous. We do have an apartment lined up and a car (from my dad who just passed), but of course we need jobs. My husband doesn't speak Swiss German or German yet, so that seems to be the first task. It's hard to know what is available in Switzerland now in regards to English jobs as I have been gone 18 years - a lot seems to have changed.

We both have a lot of different skill sets. We both are trained as life coaches through in ICF approved program. I have a business degree from Switzerland with slant of government, tutored in German and taught English, translated and interpreted, worked in all sorts of fields (project manager, insurance company, etc.). He has a Masters in teaching and global leadership design, huge soccer training background, currently field supervisor in construction. So, lots of 'stuff' but not all with certificates or degrees, which still seems to be a big deal in Switzerland, unless I am mistaken. So, where can we find jobs? What's the best approach?

Anyways, we would love to connect with others who are in a similar position, have successfully made the move, can give us tips on jobs, language study etc., love to hang out, get the mix of a Swiss / American marriage, love craft beer ..... all that

Thanks for letting us join your community!

Maggie
Well with the qualifications you both have should be no problem finding work. The only stumbling block is the age and German for your husband. Start learning now. For your 2 year old child no problem.

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Welcome home. I hope you will find that we have been keeping up with the maintenance of your native land and dusting properly in your absence.

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Re: Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

Welcome to the forum.

Make sure you and hubby know your US tax filing obligations.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/inte...-living-abroad

And be prepared for your American taint to limit your banking options.

Job-wise have a look at

www.jobs.ch
www.jobup.ch
www.monster.co.uk (yes they do have Swiss jobs advertised sometimes - change the location setting to see them)
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Re: Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

Every town has at least one soccer club. They depend on volunteers for their team coaches, especially at junior levels -a great way to meet local people, learn the language (with a healthy vocabulary) and network with parents from all kinds of professions. Professional coaches do need certification.
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Re: Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

I have a very similar biography to yours. We moved "back" 5 years ago after 18 years in Canada. The one difference was that my husband decided to retire early instead of looking for employment, but he was 59 at the time. I found finding employment that can support us challenging at first, but ended up going back to university and am now teaching full time. The first 4 years were a big struggle financially, but now we're fine. I still find social life difficult, did not quite realize how "canadianized" I'd become, and still feel a bit foreign in my own country. You will find your feet, just be prepared for it not being easy.
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Hi there and welcome home,

We had a similar situation such as yours. I am the trailing American spouse, who joined her Swiss husband who returned to his home country to live for the first time since his childhood.

It took time, but after around one year we felt very happily settled here. My husband came back to Switzerland with a job offer, so that certainly helped. I found work after about 10 months and have been gainfully employed ever since. My work experience was quite varied like your husband prior to moving here. With the right effort and attitude, I'm sure he will find something.

When we first moved here 8 years ago, the local canton did not offer free German lessons as they do now. We were quite broke and I could not afford them, I wish I had had this time to fully immerse myself in learning the language as I haven't had the ability since. If your canton offers lessons or if you can afford it, I recommend that your husband take intensive German lessons as soon as you arrive. This will improve your overall quality of life and open up other job options too.

I had written advice to your husband a couple of weeks ago, you sound like a nice family and I wish you all the best in your journey back! Switzerland is a wonderful place to live with a lot more security/quality of life than the US offers these days.
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Re: Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

Hi Maggie,

I will be moving back this summer from New York after 20 years away from Switzerland. Are you there yet? I'm finding it a bit hard to imagine how it will feel after so much time has passed and so many things have changed. And at this time, I probably feel more like a New Yorker than a Swissie. Very excited but not sure what exactly to expect.

Good luck,
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Re: Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

Welcome to the Forum and soon back to Switzerland. I am an American that moved here (about 20,000 Americans in Switzerland) after meeting my native Swiss wife in the USA on international assignment with work. One bit of advice that's redundant on the forums is for your hubby to learn German as quick as possible. It's no joke how much that helps. If I could go back I would have put stronger emphasis on that. Even though nearly everyone I encounter in day-to-day life speaks English, one must speak enough conversational German to feel apart of the group.
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I would look for a job in one of the many international schools ...?
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Welcome to the Forum and soon back to Switzerland. I am an American that moved here (about 20,000 Americans in Switzerland) after meeting my native Swiss wife in the USA on international assignment with work. One bit of advice that's redundant on the forums is for your hubby to learn German as quick as possible. It's no joke how much that helps. If I could go back I would have put stronger emphasis on that. Even though nearly everyone I encounter in day-to-day life speaks English, one must speak enough conversational German to feel apart of the group.



....providing you don't want to live in the French, Italian or Romansche part of Switzerland


In the French part, there are a lot of international organisations, UN, WTO, CICR, to name a fewe plus Philoip Morris, Nestle, Yahoo, and the list goes on
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Yes, oh course Today Only, I think the original poster was referring to the Effretikon, ZH area and referencing Swiss German and German language.
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I second a couple of opinions on here about International schools & multinational companies. Both of these potentially over come the language hurdle in the employment arena. Best of luck.
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Re: Moving Back ... along with my American Hubby

I am the American husband too and I am SO HAPPY we moved here - from London.

I would agree on the German - though it is not easy to learn, but the more and better your husband speaks it, the more he will integrate. My integration really progressed when I started being an ice hockey "Hilsftrainer".

For your two year old, I would recommend a Waldschulegruppe for 1 or 2 days a week. They are GREAT for the little kids and will immediately introduce you to a local group of parents.

The local schools are all good and the sooner your son is fully integrated the better. It took my oldest son a bit about 6 weeks before he started speaking Swiss German in kinski. Yes, he was lost for the first 6 weeks, but then his progress was exponential. While our family language is still English - it really is only English when Daddy is around, as the other 4 are now more comfortable speaking Swiss German... they are all fluent in English... but Swiss German is their language of choice.

ALL the BEST with your transition!

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