Moving abroad- certainly a topic, which is now faced by more and more people in Slovenia. Especially young people, who want to be creative, competitive and practice the profession for which they studied. Not only to work in the profession, but also to pursue that profession in some optimal conditions. Conditions which allow the individual to function skillfully during and after working hours, work which is well organized and offers promotion and the possibility of good cooperation between staff. Unfortunately, such jobs in Slovenia are really rare and the state of economy is getting threw the years worse, and becouse of all that, I'm also one of them, who have decided to leave the country.
Of course, in souch decisions you are facing a lot of questions in your head. The first question ist usually WHY, but becouse I allready answerd it, lets move to even more essential questions. WHERE and HOW? Despite the rich selection of jobs abroad, a wide variety of employers and job mediators, in my case in the field of healthcare, si everybody aware that you cannot go abroad "overnight", and that you have to regulate certain matters, covering especially the so-called bureaucracy. And in those cases, the main role is played by the job mediators.
My decision for work in Switzerland was mostly influenced by mediator- Mrs. Stähli. I found the advertisement, for the work in Switzerland, in the newspaper. After writing the first e-mail, I was already surprised at the very quick response from her side. And so it all began. In the response e-mail, she had presented herself and she gave me the essential informations about the job's offers and the conditions about the work. Because all the conditions and the expectations were satisfied from both sides, we had settled in a period of 14 days for the first introductory meeting. It was also really important for me, as a work seeking person a possibility of a personal meeting. Let me refer to it, that Mrs. Stähli travels regularly to Slovenia also for this purpose.
With the experience of the introductory meeting and presentation I was extremely pleased. Mrs. Stähli presented not only different jobs in the healthcare field in Switzerland, but she also presented me life in Switzerland. We discused a variety of topics, ranging from the basic issues that are important for foreigners in Switzerland to the notorious Swiss wages, economy, banking system, etc. Mrs.Stähli gave me in the initial meeting a very comprehensive picture of the work and life in Switzerland. I also have to expose one fact. Most of job mediators require for initial and further editing payment. From Mrs. Stähli's side were all activities free of charge. I have to say, that really all her matters which she managed were complimentary. Here I am not inclining only on all the necessary documents which had to be settled, but I have in mind also matters such as finding the place to stay, arranging basic health insurance and various other consultancys with its sites that have concerned me directly before going to Switzerland. Let me also mention, that before leaving the country, I had many problems with German language. The reason lies first and foremost in the fact that I've never taught German as a school subject. With Mrs. Stähli help, many problems were facilitated. The first fact is, that she really speaks good slovenian language. So we made the first discussions in my-mother language. And than later, she offered me help by improving my german with e-mail texting, just about everyday things, desires, goals, scenarios of the day, etc, and she corrected my grammatical failures. And she made this also for free. Of course, months before departure I was actively learning german with the expert, but this correspondence by E-mail gave also benefits.
Cooperation with Mrs. Stähli was always pleasant. From the first contact on and all the way to the performance of the job. Throughout the whole process of cooperation Mrs. Stähli had proved herself to be extremely responsible and capable job mediator. I would like to expose one more quality. During the cooperation, she always handled all the arrangements and the information which she gave to me, were never proved false or incorrect. During the cooperation I never felt, as it happens in different situations, that I'm somehow beeing exploited. Also, the time expiry of the whole action was really short. If I assume that I established the first contact with Mrs. Stähli towards the end of May and I began to work in Switzerland on 18 August, I can confidently say that everything was done and organized on a very high level. Even after entering the service, especially in the early days, Mrs. Stähli supported me with advices and assistance in different ways. I am extremely pleased by the fact, that even now, when there are already a couple of successful months in Switzerland behind me, we are still in contact and she is always prepared to help, whatever the nature of the problem may be.
And how should I finish? Moving abroad, in my case in Switzerland, proved for me, to be one of the best decisions that I have made. Despite the fact, that I'm separated from my parents, relatives and friends, which play an important part in my life, I am extremely happy here. The job, working conditions, work organization, education opportunities, promotion, a way of life have proved in these couple months to be extremely good. All this has not only confirmed, but even exceeded the information given by Mrs. Stähli and with it, also my expectations. Of course you need to know, that in order to move to a foreign country, you require some courage, personal motivation and above all perseverance, and that you are going to encounter problems, different fears and dilemmas, which is of course perfectly normal and human. After all, the change of the environment, society, culture and the consequent adjustment and integration into a new place, are extremely important factors, which we can not just simply ignore and overlook. Of course, if you look at those things with a bit of will and a positive view, they quickly turn in your favor and make the whole picture even more interesting and varied. I will simply say, for those who want new challenges, knowledge and experiences, I can definitely recommend Mrs. Stähli, because she is really good and trustworthy job mediator and will guide you from the beginning to the end of the route and you are probably going, like me, see the world from yet another new view.