Working in Switzerland?! Pros & Cons

Working in Switzerland?! Pros & Cons

hey YouTube welcome back to my channel
my name is Lia and this is my journey from America to Switzerland so today I’m
gonna talk to you guys all about my job here in Switzerland and give you guys a
little life update since I haven’t talked about it at all since I started
so for you guys that don’t know I moved here discipline gosh it’s been four
months already to teach English in an international school and I work with
kids very little kids two and three years old I guess let me start off by
talking to you a little bit more about my job so teaching English to the kids
this is a bilingual school so the kids learn English and German and neither of
those are their mother tongue language so a lot of the kids here are from all
over like Spain Portugal Italy Sweden they’re from everywhere and they come to
school to learn English and German so that has been very interesting it has
been challenging to communicate with them just because not only at this age
are they just starting to develop their language but they are learning different
languages that they’re not used to hearing at home so a lot of them talk to
us in their mother tongue language and suddenly we don’t know what the heck
they’re saying so I’m just like yeah okay yeah sure it’s really super cute so
they’re speaking sentences in their mother tongue language but in English
and German a lot of them can only say words here or there or sometimes they
can say short phrases but yeah so it’s been very interesting I actually love
that it’s been challenging I just got a new girl from Greece she only speaks
Greek so she’s just speaking in Greek speaking in Greek to me and I don’t know
what she’s saying and so communication with her has been hard I like asked her
parents to write down some Greek words for me so I could use with her because
she does not understand any English or German at all so but she is caught on
very very quickly very very quickly so it’s pretty cool I think this first week
she was in my class at the end of the week she was counting to five in English
it was amazing she was just out of the blue I’m even like prompt her she was
just like one two three I’m so cute but so yeah that’s what I that’s what the
job is and so it’s me I am the lead teacher in the class and then I have an
assistant teacher who is the German teacher so I speak to the kids in
English she speaks two of them in German so being able to understand German has
really helped me out with this job because kids are sneaky they’ll go to
her and ask her something she’ll say no they come to me and ask me
something but I know what she said so I’m like hey huh you can’t it doesn’t
work like that so that’s helpful because I know what
she’s saying to the kids at all times so it helps me to reiterate that with them
to be completely honest when the beginning was really rocky which is why
I didn’t really talk about it too much or haven’t talked about it but now it’s
gotten a little bit better and I’m ready to share everything
so yes the beginning was rocky why definitely
the school was not as organized as I thought it was gonna be I’m not gonna
completely throw them under the bus but they were just not very organized so I
was kind of thrown in amongst the chaos and I don’t really like that I don’t
think anybody likes that so it’s taken me about three months to get settled
into the position and to get the classroom set up and organized and
restructure to the way that I wanted it to be so now that everything is
restructured I feel much better and more secure in the classroom and also now the
kids are I know them and they respect me because if you know anything about kids
they will test you completely and they tested me for a good two months
and now that stage is over now they listen so it is great um so I’m just
gonna talk to you about some few differences with working in Switzerland
compared to working in America and also just some pros and cons about working
here so the very first and biggest Pro about teaching in Switzerland is this
salary so the salary in Switzerland is way better than in America in general
anything that you do in Switzerland you’re gonna get a higher salary
teachers are actually I think when I was looking it up it’s like second or third
highest paid in the whole world and it gets higher based on the age that you
teach so that’s how they pay their teachers so if you teach like their high
school some teachers can make up to six digit figures which is crazy
so it is nice I won’t tell you how much I get paid but for example right before
I moved here from America I got offered a position teaching preschool and what
I’m getting paid now is double what they offered me in America and they require
the same credentials and everything like that so it’s been really nice to have a
nice salary for teaching because that’s something that’s not really valued in
America so that’s been a great Pro a con is that here in Switzerland if you’re
full time you’re working 42 hours a week so it’s not a huge difference you’re
probably like oh that’s but it does sometimes it does kind of you can feel
it working 42 hours a week because then you’re not really you’re not getting
overtime so you’re just working 42 hours a week so it’s not a huge deal but yeah
just a difference I don’t know if this is a pro or a con but working in
Switzerland you usually just get paid once a month so that’s yeah it’s not a
pro or a con it’s just something different in America we get paid usually
every other week so so it just makes it a little bit harder
to budget your money Lin but it’s still okay major major major Pro that I love
about this school I don’t know if it’s Switzerland in general or just the
school is that they’re really laid-back like nobody is micromanaging me or you
know leaning over my shoulder in the classroom I’m able to do pretty much
whatever I want I that’s why it kind of took me a while to get everything
organized because I I just wanted my teaching philosophy to be reflected in
the classroom so I had to read you everything and you know that there was
no nobody like with guidelines telling me how I need to do it basically so that
has been very nice also there’s a lot of freedom as well in the classroom so as
far as taking the kids places it’s really easy we go on outings several
times a week like we’ll go to different parks we will go on field trips to the
zoo to other places and it’s really easy to do it like I feel like we don’t even
really need to tell anybody we’re just like okay we’re leaving it’s really
chill it’s not as because it’s you know it’s safe here in Switzerland so they
don’t there’s not too much to worry about with taking the kids places we’re
just able to just go and we take the buses and we take the trams the public
transportation to get there what’s really nice so a con with working in
Suitland is that often you have like training trainees and interns in the
class because that’s kind of how their education system works is that I don’t
know how to explain it but for different jobs they do like a internship slash
trainee before they start school it’s just weird but anyways so that is
it’s not a con too much it’s just difficult because that’s so many
different people in the classroom that you have to work with and then sometimes
it’s tricky with interns because they’re younger and I mean it’s not their fault
but they don’t know too much about working with
children because this is their first experience working in general so it’s
kind of hard because not only are you worrying about all the kids that you
have to kind of worry about you know the interns in your class as well because
you are basically their mentor and that’s nuts just house it’s Linda is
there’s always going to be interns in trainees wherever you work because
that’s how their education system works so that is challenging something I’m not
used to in America that’s not a big thing to intern I mean you do but it’s
not as common as here in Switzerland and so early they start interning they can
start at age 15 so yeah that has been challenging but it has definitely been
an experience that has helped me be a better teacher I think also a really
really really big pro to working here in Sicily is that by law you get four weeks
of paid vacation a year and my job offered five weeks so that is the
biggest Pro working here that’s why everybody is always asking me why are
you traveling all the time how come like they’re like do you ever work and I’m
like yeah and that is Oh something different about working in Switzerland
is that you the jobs here do not pay for you’re in health insurance and that’s
just not a thing what your job does pay for here in Switzerland is accident
insurance so if I were to you know knock on wood get hit by a car they would pay
for that but if I get sick and need to go to the doctor they do not pay for
that you have to get a separate insurance for that so that’s definitely
a con the rest of the experience has been just challenging because this is a
different demographic people I’m used to working with I’m working at an
international school your parents and your children are wealthy let’s face it
they are wealthy the school is not cheap the school that I work in cost too
thousand five hundred Swiss francs a month per child that’s how much they pay
to go to this school okay that is a ton of money they make
tons of money these parents and these parents are usually older most of my
parents are I’d say 35 and up some 40 and up and all
of a lot of them have only one child oh that is difficult to work with because
these kids are definitely not used to being told no and they’re the only child
so yes they are pretty spoiled so that’s kind of different to what I’m used to
working with and also those types of parents there most of them are really
great but you always get a few of them also the cultural difference is with
teaching their children has been challenging a little bit they have
different viewpoints about child development then I’m used to what I
learned in America they do things differently yeah it has been a great
learning experience but I have had a lot of challenges working at the school I’m
not gonna go too in depth about it but yeah it’s been decent so far and this is
still a great opportunity and I don’t regret it all moving here and yeah about
it if you have any questions at all feel free always to leave them below or to
send me messages on Instagram or snapchat I am getting a little bit
behind with responding because I’m getting tons of messages so please bear
with me I will respond to you that’s it thank you so much for watching
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  1. The work-life balance in the USA can be rubbish, or even nonexistent. Sure, there are exceptions: There are actually good employers out there that are very respectful and supportive of their staff, so being able to take only two weeks off work yearly really isn't so bad. There are financial investment and tech jobs that require 70+ hours weekly, and you know that going in. However, at the end of the day, most Americans work for cookie-cutter organizations who demoralize their staff, whether purposely or not, and perpetuate very high turnover. It's sad, really, that most Americans are running full speed on such a hamster wheel. Even entry-level staff, let alone management, so commonly work during their vacation time. I worked during my vacation time. I had coworkers who worked seven days a week and on their vacations, sometimes for years on end, only to be fired or pushed out from their jobs so abruptly for reasons that were shady, subjective, arbitrary, and, sometimes, even illegal.

    I'm currently bouncing back and forth between New Zealand and Australia, and have had the opportunity to work various temporary jobs in both countries. Even the worst company I've worked for yet over here still seem to treat their staff like human beings, unlike the typical American company, and that's even before the 4-6 weeks that entry-level, career workers can take off every year (personal and holiday leave). I know you said that the Swiss offer a similar annual leave. I love the USA greatly (especially places like New Mexico, Utah and Texas), but I'm now seriously considering an angle to get a company to sponsor my immigration status in either AUS or NZ so I can stick around for a while.

  2. Thats not to bad. But I know what you mean some times it feels long. I work in a HS for students with disabilities as a Para from 7-2:30 then I work afterschool with 4th and 5th graders from 3-5:30

  3. I teach also, in the States, ย and we only get paid once a month. It's good for learning to budget your money. So you guys don't get the Summer off, just 5 weeks?! Bummer!

  4. Great to hear your experience! I think that the US is probably one of the only countries in the world where professionals get paid more than once a month; most countries I've been in pay monthly. You've done excellently finding your feet and setting things up. I also really love the European holiday policies; in the Netherlands I get 6 weeks!! It is bizarre though, that your job doesn't pay for health insurance. Here it is obligatory that they do.


  6. I'm a new subscriber to your channel and so far I love your Swiss vlogs! My question to you is do the school give you vacation to visit your family in America?

  7. I'm so happy you're doing well!!!!!!! :)) Ive been following you since you moved to switzerland and I'm very happy to hear that you got well settled. I really wish you a great start of the week ๐Ÿ‘

  8. Love Watching Your Videos As You're Clearly Telling How It works In Switzerland , I Appreciate For The Fact That You Give Information That Most People Wants To Find Out Without Going There Straight Away =) It Saves A Lot Of Times For Us.

  9. Glad that things are starting to smooth out for you now. You are a strong woman and seeing make this journey on your own is really impressive. Keep up the good work.

  10. Nice video. Have you visited your relatives in Switzerland yet? I am also looking forward to you taking another field trip. Stay optimistic and have a nice week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Great job Queen Leโ€™ontyne , nothing but all the best out there. Keep ya head up and keep growing. Theyโ€™re bless to have you.

  12. Switzerland has by far been the best country for me to work. Jobs are well paid, many times you have beautiful scenery on your way to work and the economy is just doing very well. I really need to move back to Switzerland ๐Ÿ˜„

  13. Hey Leah so happy to see you again, locks like your days getting better now , what a nice job living with cute kids and teach them English , it's not easy to do but you just did it beacuse you perfect ,anyway take care yourself and stay pretty , cuse i dont want you to be sick , i'm waiting your next vlog so don't make me wait too long .๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  14. Getting paid once a month is definitely a con for the first month. Once you get paid, I think it's smooth sailing from there.

  15. Wow ! I'm a fan 1st of all. Congratulations on this wonderful experience in your life. I saw your 1st video with the caption Switzerland. I viewed the video. I travel all the time. This past September 2017. Me and my husband went to Athens, Greece. While visiting, we meet a Beautiful couple from Switzerland. We have since become friends. I love this video. I know this is a Con for you BUT …… OMG ! Internship at a young age BEFORE they go off to college and major in something and waste All of my $$$$$. I would love it. I'm a proud mother of 3 girls. I have 2 in college and changing majors and dropping classes ALL THE TIME !!!! Me and my husband are college graduates soooooooo, we just side eye and say "Get your education." America needs this type of internship and education. Yeasssss ! Praying for you Queen.

  16. Wow! Your job seems sooooo rewarding!! I am so glad that things are getting better for you! I can't wait to hear about more of your adventures, hopefully soon in person!! <3

  17. That's why you have a high salary because your health isn't included. If it was included your salary would be a lot lower. I live in France. Sounds like you've got a great teaching job.

  18. Be glad , you do 42 hours a week . Less time to spend , early and decent retirement . Would you rather do 32 and spread it over a week , to find out at the age of 50 , your retirement won't cut it ?

    Keep up the good (teaching) job ! Spend less time on videos and get yourself a man (or woman ) . No hate , no stress , just do it .

  19. Love from South Africa. I have a Bachelor of Commerce in Statistics and Economics,a Post graduate certificate in Education. Is there a chance I can work in Switzerland?

  20. Hi great video. New subbie please sub back….thanks. Can you make a video on dating in Switzerland and how receptive are the men to you.

  21. Love your videos! Only thing I donโ€™t get and this is something that every one that makes these pro/con videos says โ€œoh you get paid so much more in Switzerland….โ€ itโ€™s not the entire truth. What people donโ€™t mention is the reasoning behind it. Itโ€™s the most expensive country in the world!!! Prices are marked up the a$$ and people couldnโ€™t afford to even exist if they didnโ€™t pay them accordingly and second…taxes arenโ€™t taken out of paychecks so it gives people the illusion that they have all this $$ at their disposal when in reality a portion of it should go to the government. So taken all that in account people donโ€™t really earn that much more. Certain professions also earn more in the US than Switzerland.

  22. SIS u need to take your teaching to Africa and teach English a African university , u still would be making top money as a university English Professor , check it out sis ,

  23. I love Switzerland and Swiss francs too. My father lives and works there, but I've only been there three times. I wish he would've taken us when we were kids(before being 18) just to get Swiss citizenship. My life would've been a lot easier.

  24. Hi u got a Wonder voice, am in love with your voice, anyway ur program is interesting, how can i get to know u more dear.

  25. Girl, you are SO beautiful and I love hearing your view on Switzerland!
    I moved to this country at the age of 4 from Slovenia and am currently studying to become a high school teacher.
    Please let me know if you want to hang out one day โ™ฅ๏ธ

  26. Is it possible to get a well-paid job in Switzerland as an English Teacher (For kids,etc.) if you have a proficiency certificate but not , say , a college / university degree ?

    And how hard is it to migrate there from Europe? I heard that people from EU have a much easier time in everything.
    Thank you.

  27. Please help me. How to I come in Switzerland. I am from Bangladesh. I need a work in Switzerland. If you help me….Please…. my imo number is 01703909047 and face book is Ifran khan Riyad

  28. I live in Canada and I like to teach English in Switzerland he recommend the school or organization or website because I don't want to be scammed

  29. Hey I wanted to know what education certificate does one require to be a English teacher in Switzerland?

  30. Hey. I'm currently teaching in Korea and my contract ends in December. I'm curious as to which job sites did you apply through for your Switzerland position (or on general)? Thanks!

  31. I am majoring in child development in the United States. What sources did you use to find and apply for your teaching position? Teaching in Switzerland or Norway has been a goal of mine since beginning my child development/ early education journey! Was finding housing difficult? Thank you!

  32. I have master in English from Clemson university in the USA. Can I teach with this degree in Switzerland? I donโ€™t have teaching certificate neither was I an English major.

  33. Very informative video! I have a bachelors degree, a TEFL teaching certification, with dual EU citizenship and I am bilingual English/Italian. I just started job searching and finding jobs in Switzerland seem more difficult to find compared to other western European countries. Any job search websites would you recommend? Thank you!

  34. well full time isn't fixed on 42h.. it deepens on your workplace, but it varys between 42-48h and 45 is the most comment I think. anyway we get 4-5 or even 6 weeks of compensation for that… the only one that are screwed is the professional military. they get 5 weeks of paid vacations, but they sometimes got 72h weeks or more.. that is fine for the ones that are on active duty deployed somewhere but for the instructors it doesn't really make seance at all.

  35. I am Karim from Morocco from Marrakech, I am 35 years old.I have a bus driver at Alsa.I have a driving certificate from a married company with two young children

  36. do you do your own hair when you travel abroad or do you do it yourself ? ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  37. Can u please tell about housing rent and tefl is required? ?or not?
    And please u tell about the minimum salary of a english teacher in public school.???
    Please tell me .??

  38. Lol. Many Europeans go hurray at the beggining of the month shopping and shopping. Then a week later. They're like ๐Ÿ™ did I spend too much? Will I have enough till next month?

  39. Hi Leah, how is living in Switzerland for retirees? That is, with only retiree income, not working in Switzerland? Is it mostly cold? I am looking for a place to consider moving to that is cold (can't stand the heat) and quiet. Any information you can provide me will be greatly appreciate. Btw, you have a beautiful face. Thanks.

  40. I'm currently Gr12 ABM Student here in the Philippines and I'm planning to be a teacher at Switzerland because I love to teach students and the salary of teacher at Switzerland is high. My question is, is it worth it to work as a teacher at Switzerland? I am struggling to decide to be an accountant here in the Philippines or be a teacher at Switzerland

  41. Please learn the language that is spoken in the kanton where you live and work. Then we know you love and respect our country and culture. Danke und en schรถne Tag no.

  42. I'm currently a Elementary school teacher and I am seriously considering moving to Switzerland…can I use my American credentials? What's the protocol with to get permanent residency? Is housing easy to get there?

  43. I don't understand your deal with budget guys, It's not that difficult if you know you have fixed things to pay, you put that in reserve, and you calculate your basic spendings on the other hand and the rest is up to you… Monthly payings are the best way to calculate monthly spendings… Nice video.

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