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New and a bit nervous

Hello everyone!
My name is Josie and I will be moving to Zurich in April with my partner.
I am (will be by April) 31 years old, female, lover of tea and cake and walking and good food, and I enjoy a good jog around the block and in nature. I also love animals and being outdoors. I would describe myself as loyal, kind, a bit of a child in an adult's body (in a good way I think), and thoughtful. I am British, but I have lived in Germany, Finland and Italy. We will be in Zurich for at least 5 years as my partner is working at the university in fab new job.

I am hoping to meet lots of new people and make some nice friends; I am leaving behind some wonderful girlfriends in Italy and it is scary to start again and build a nice friendship group.

Also, I need to find a job... I am a fully trained primary school teacher, but I am looking to do office-based work in Zurich if I can. Administration, any kind of editing, copywriting, support work or office work would be very welcome. Anyone think I stand a chance of finding a half decent job? I have absolutely no clue where to begin selling myself if I am honest, especially being a teacher for the last 7 years. Any clues?

Really looking forward to getting to know people on here, I have heard good things!

Have a happy day!
Josie
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Hello Josie and welcome to the forum.
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Re: New and a bit nervous

Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

You might need to have your qualifications recognised if you want to teach here.

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education (EDK)
3000 Bern
+41 31 309 51 31 (Mo-Fr, 08.30am-11.30am)
www.edk.ch

Is the organisation to contact for that.

Admin might not be so easy if you don't have any work experience/qualifications in that area, but all you can do is apply for jobs and see what happens.
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Re: New and a bit nervous

Welcome to Switzerland, Josie!

As you are settling in, mulling over a career change, and exploring the job market, might I make a suggestion, even if it's only a short term step on the way to other things?

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I also love animals and being outdoors.
There is desperate need for pet care, especially holiday care, and even more so care for 'special needs' pets. If you have experience in this area, or even aptitude and a sense of responsibilty, you could find work tomorrow.

Sure, it would likely be occasional work at first, but depending on how much you wish to work and what you can offer it could grow into more.

Or, something like this could simply be a bridge, a bit of income and something interesting to do, as you look for something else. Many people take on occasional jobs while they are finding their feet here.

FYI, my now-retired sitter turned her love of animals into a full time career. She was bored of the business world, and while she was looking for something else offered to care for a friend's pet while they were on holiday. Word got around, and soon she was fully booked with a waiting list of clients - she honestly just stumbled into a new career. Because she was able to care for pets with medical and behavioral needs she could charge premium rates, and did quite well for herself while doing something she enjoyed, with complete control over her own schedule.

So just a though as you settle in and look for opportunities.

Anyway, welcome!
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Hello!
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

You might need to have your qualifications recognised if you want to teach here.

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education (EDK)
3000 Bern
+41 31 309 51 31 (Mo-Fr, 08.30am-11.30am)
www.edk.ch

Is the organisation to contact for that.

Admin might not be so easy if you don't have any work experience/qualifications in that area, but all you can do is apply for jobs and see what happens.
Hi! Thank you for this info. I have been looking into it, but I am not sure I want to stick at being a teacher much longer, so it's a lot to do for a job I am not too sure about for the future. But thanks anyway!
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Welcome to Switzerland, Josie!

As you are settling in, mulling over a career change, and exploring the job market, might I make a suggestion, even if it's only a short term step on the way to other things?



There is desperate need for pet care, especially holiday care, and even more so care for 'special needs' pets. If you have experience in this area, or even aptitude and a sense of responsibilty, you could find work tomorrow.

Sure, it would likely be occasional work at first, but depending on how much you wish to work and what you can offer it could grow into more.

Or, something like this could simply be a bridge, a bit of income and something interesting to do, as you look for something else. Many people take on occasional jobs while they are finding their feet here.

FYI, my now-retired sitter turned her love of animals into a full time career. She was bored of the business world, and while she was looking for something else offered to care for a friend's pet while they were on holiday. Word got around, and soon she was fully booked with a waiting list of clients - she honestly just stumbled into a new career. Because she was able to care for pets with medical and behavioral needs she could charge premium rates, and did quite well for herself while doing something she enjoyed, with complete control over her own schedule.

So just a though as you settle in and look for opportunities.

Anyway, welcome!
Thank you so much for all this info! That is such a great idea; I would love to look after animals. I will have a hunt around for what I can find.

Really pleased to digitally meet you!
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Hi Josie. Best of luck with the relocation.
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Hi! Thank you so much!
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

You might need to have your qualifications recognised if you want to teach here.

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education (EDK)
3000 Bern
+41 31 309 51 31 (Mo-Fr, 08.30am-11.30am)
www.edk.ch

Is the organisation to contact for that.

Admin might not be so easy if you don't have any work experience/qualifications in that area, but all you can do is apply for jobs and see what happens.
Only to teach in a state school. Private/International schools can employ who they like.
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Only to teach in a state school. Private/International schools can employ who they like.
Thank you!
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Only to teach in a state school. Private/International schools can employ who they like.
If you're willing to work part-time or as a supply teacher in those non-state schools, a UK qualified teacher tends to be well received.
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If you're willing to work part-time or as a supply teacher in those non-state schools, a UK qualified teacher tends to be well received.
Thank you. I have done a little investigation but it seems that part-time positions for primary schools are extremely rare. I have had my eye on it since January just to get a feel for the job market and honestly it is a bit scary thinking about it!
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Re: New and a bit nervous

Your best bet to get yourself a teaching gig is to apply as a supply teacher to all the international schools and get your foot in the door. You will likely need to present your teaching certification. Many international schools will have already filled permanent positions for the next school year, but some may still open up.
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