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Working in Switzerland as an International student

Yocket Editorial Team

The high standard of living and luscious natural bounty can draw anyone to Switzerland. If you a 90’s kid, and have grown up on Shahrukh Khan romancing in the flowy yellow fields, your ambition might have a fire one can totally understand. However, before you let the blinding attraction drag you there, you must know a few details about its work culture, company structure and the scope of your industry.

The following are the few things you must consider before you make a decision.

1. Job Opportunities in Switzerland

If you are a native of a country outside the European Union, your application will be considered on a variety of factors. Before issuing a work permit the officials will ensure that the job that you are being offered is something only you can do and no Swiss Native or European citizen could be hired for it. They will then check if there are remaining vacancies in their quota and issue the work permits only if the quota has a remaining quota.

Employers mostly go for foreign jobs only in case of highly skilled labour who have differentiating talent, strong industry foundation or excellent educational qualifications. If you can distinctly place yourself in any of these brackets, you must select a recruitment agency to help you out at the earliest.


2.  The City of Residence

Like all major countries, Switzerland is divided into metropolitan and urban (well rural in a developed nation is fairly urban). The proportion of pay scale and expenditure is commonly direct in most of the country. While this might standardize lifestyle in most of the cities, the industries commonly spread in each geography defines where you choose to put up. You must research well on the cultural aspects of a city before making a choice since you don’t just have to bag a job in a city, you actually have to stay there. With blogging and social media so pertinent, it is easy to take first-hand information from residents themselves, which will give you insights you might need to make a choice.


3.  Languages

One has to learn at least one of the languages from French, German and Italian to be able to fit in and communicate easily with peers and colleagues. While translation, tourism and other such fields might need English as a base language, most of Switzerland operates on the native tongues. Only the ones staying in Switzerland will know that the German spoken by the Swiss is different than the Swiss. If Zurich or Bern is where you are located, you will have a frequent encounter with this variety. Lausanne and Geneva meanwhile, are the French-speaking parts. You should equip yourself with at least a basic knowledge of these languages alongside other preparations to work in Switzerland.

Student Visa Application Process for Switzerland


Working as a student in Switzerland

If you are a student looking for part-time opportunities, you must note that immigrants on student visas are not allowed to work for the first half a year of their stay. It is easier to start off by finding employment opportunities in the university or college where you are studying or are about to study. Professors and employment bodies can be of immense help during the search. It is always beneficial to be an active learner and be at the forefront of class happenings to leverage from these opportunities.


Finding Work Opportunities in Switzerland

1. Via Government Agencies:

While the internet is vast and unending, there are a lot of other ways to find work opportunities in Switzerland. One can start off by visiting the local government Embassy. The Swiss Chamber of commerce has centres in a lot of countries across the world and reaching out to them is a good start.


2. Via Recruitment centres:

It is not coincidental that the rates of unemployment are seemingly low in the country. There are various private matchmaking companies that strive towards helping Switzerland’s rich industrial spread find efficient young talent. Tracing such agencies and getting in touch with them won’t just help you find a job, but will help you find an opportunity that matches both your aspirations and restrictions at the same time, and complements your growth.


Despite its limiting immigration policies, finding jobs in Switzerland is not that difficult if you chose to be patient and determined. It is, in fact, easier than what the internet and the Swiss websites make you believe. Considering that Switzerland has the lowest unemployment rates in most of Europe and salaries that touch the sky, it is definitely worth giving your Yash Raj bred dreams, a solid try.

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