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A selection of English written books to get to know Switzerland better

Knowing all the touristic places, B&B and best restaurants in Switzerland is probably great and is part of the relocation experience in this beautiful country, however our selection focuses, first, on books, which serve a career project purpose.

No job-search or career books either as we value, for its efficiency, the qualitative approach that a personalize support with a career coach or a consultant does bring, but you will discover here a selection of books to better understand the Swiss system, culture and most importantly people:

beyoundBeyond Chocolate -understanding Swiss culture, by Margaret Oertig
ISBN  978-3-905252-23-1

xenophoXenophobe’s Guide to theSwiss, by Paul Bilton
ISBN 978-1-902825-45-8

schoolingGoing Local – your guide to Swiss schooling, by Margaret Oertig
ISBN 978-3-905252-25-5

swiss watchinggSwiss Watching -inside the land of milk and money, by Diccon Bewes
ISBN-Nr.: 978-1-85788-548-4

living and workingLiving and Working in Switzerland, David Hampshire
ISBN: 978-1-909282-63-6

Keep also an eye on the offer of Bergli as they are specialized in publishing books mostly in English, that focus on the cultural diversity, rich history and cultural attitudes and values of the Swiss and international people living in Switzerland.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

Volunteering in Switzerland

Volunteering in Switzerland

helping handIn Switzerland, volunteering involve around 25% of the population with an average time involvement of 3 hours per month. The participation to volunteering activities is slightly higher in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Swiss resident’s motivations are first, to make things happen and to help others. Socializing and experience learning are also important motivators when deciding to volunteer.

When relocating from abroad, volunteering can be an accelerator to social integration and a really powerful means to quickly regain one’s identity and purpose after having left professional and social life behind.

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Studying in Switzerland

Studying in Switzerland

The purpose of this post is to provide resources to facilitate your orientation in the Swiss tertiary education world. In Switzerland, there are 3 types of tertiary education:

  •         Traditional Universities (12 universities including EPFL and ETH)
  •         Universities of Applied Science and arts
  •         Professional training and Education schools.

Additionally, several MBA programs are offered in Switzerland: Some interesting links: Continue reading