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Thinking of moving to Switzerland, BUT??

Dear All,

I am currently living in UK but really want to move to Switzerland and would like to ask something of you all and see whether or not you could be of any help to me!!

1. I have very limited knowledge of French or German, only speak English, what are my chances of being employed in Swiss? Though I have BSc and MSc...Above average grades obtained.

2. Do the Swiss recognise English degrees and do they value qualifications when you go for a job?

3. Can I get a job in English speaking firms and how easy/difficult is to find them and be employed there?


4. How are living expenses (cheap/expensive) there? e.g. food, houses (if you want to buy etc).

Thank you to all of you who took sometime to read this new thread and my apologise if I have put it in wrong place

Tomi
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Old 18.10.2009, 02:41
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Re: Thinking of moving to Switzerland, BUT??

Answers to most of your questions can be found by doing a search on the site.

Also, you'll probably get more answers if you let us know what your profession is

Welcome to the forum!
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1. I have very limited knowledge of French or German, only speak English, what are my chances of being employed in Swiss? Though I have BSc and MSc...Above average grades obtained.
Approximately 1 in 23.

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2. Do the Swiss recognise English degrees and do they value qualifications when you go for a job?

No, unfortunately they don't; they recognize only Latin and Greek degrees. And fortunately or unfortunately for you (as I haven't seen you yet), they don't value qualifications when you go for a job; only looks matter /

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3. Can I get a job in English speaking firms and how easy/difficult is to find them and be employed there?

Yes, and 3 and 5, respectively, on a 7-point scale of difficulty


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4. How are living expenses (cheap/expensive) there? e.g. food, houses (if you want to buy etc).
Cheap/expensive, depending on how you eat, and on size/location where you buy house/s
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Old 18.10.2009, 09:44
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Re: Thinking of moving to Switzerland, BUT??

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1. I have very limited knowledge of French or German, only speak English, what are my chances of being employed in Swiss? Though I have BSc and MSc...Above average grades obtained.
There is a chance if you are a specialist on something. But for a start, you will not be in "Swiss" (adjective) but in Switzerland/Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera. And then, your chances will improve if you state that you are going to a course to learn the language. In German speaking Switzerland I might recommend to take TWO courses, one in German and one for the local dialect (different words, different grammar, different style)

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2. Do the Swiss recognise English degrees and do they value qualifications when you go for a job?
English degrees to some extent are recognized and valued by the industry, but rather not by universities. Qualifications are valued, so that you should take all recommendations etc you have with you.

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3. Can I get a job in English speaking firms and how easy/difficult is to find them and be employed there?
Fairly easy to find them over the internet, but back to square one, they operate in a mainly German speaking environment, so that they will tell you that courses in German/SG-dialect are "recommendable"




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4. How are living expenses (cheap/expensive) there? e.g. food, houses (if you want to buy etc).


living expenses are clearly very high, and unless you are rich you can forget about "house" but concentrate about flats/apartments. Also quite wealthy people here live in rented apartments. Rented, not bought, mostly.

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Right now? Zero. Nobody's hiring, unemployment is rising, many expats are leaving because they lost their jobs. Unless you have several years of experience in one of the (few) highly specialized fields where they actually still are hiring, you're better off waiting a couple of years and learning German in the meantime.

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Re: Thinking of moving to Switzerland, BUT??

Dear All,

Thank you for your kind replies. I think one of you asked about my profession?! Well my MSc is in International Business and Management and have worked in management and sales before, hence my age 25yr so am not very experienced though I have good few years of experience.... If any of you work in this industry or perhaps have the authority to recruit then please let me know, I would be more than happy to talk to you.


Again thank you for taking your time and answering my questions and welcoming me to forum……………Appreciate it…

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Old 19.10.2009, 02:04
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If you want to work in sales, you WILL need to be fluent in the relevant local language.

if you want to apply your International Business acumen, you will need considerable experience to be rated above someone local.

In which industry have you been working?
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Hi,

I have basically worked in retail, insurance and bureau de exchange. In retail I (currently) look after someone business. In insurance I worked while studying and in exchange it was a partnership business.

Thank you for your help
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