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New Masters Program in Trading Started — Financial Jobs in Switzerland

Posted on 21 September 2008 by ThomasP

Switzerland – particularly Geneva and Zug – remains a center of trading activity in both raw materials and finished goods, providing a large number of jobs to professionals involved with dealing, brokerage and trading..

In order to satisfy the incessant demand for experienced traders needed by local companies, the University of Geneva has created a
Masters Program in Trading, which starts this October. The Masters in Trading concentrates on trade finance, international trade, and commodities and raw materials trading. The University will be offering as well three other masters programs oriented to other business needs among employers in Switzerland.

The Economics faculty of the University of Geneva explains that Geneva is essentially a trading city. There are over 150 companies
And 6000 professionals working in the domain of trading. The strong concentration of companies involved with trading activities contrasts remarkably with the lack of local opportunities for professional training

in the key disciplines that are central to these companies’ employment requirements.

According the University of Geneva faculty, only Paris, London and the East coast American universities offer this type of curriculum.

The Masters program beginning in October will begin with 16 students (chosen from roughly 50) and will last 3 semesters and alternate between coursework and practical work experience in local trading companies. The student will spend 50% – 70% of his time interning in job in a company and about 40% – 50% in coursework at the University.

The students in the program are all paid for their internships time, thanks to the help of Geneva Trading and Shipping Association.

There is no prerequisite requirement to have experience in the trading field or to have a bachelors degree in economics to enroll: students coming right out of the Arts and Letters faculty are admitted as well.

Across Switzerland there are hundreds of large companies working with financial underwriting or with trading. Jobs in Switzerland in the banking, finance and trading sectors are numerous and professionals with these skills are in high demand.

The University is also simultaneously launching other experimental degree programs, such as the interdisciplinary ‘Life’ Law Studies Program, which will focus on such legal issues as organ donor ship, genetic analyses, medically assisted procreation, and stem cell research. The training will start with intellectual property issues surrounding living organisms, and genetically modified organisms, the contracts for technology transfer of technology. This Masters program, is designed to lead to employment in the fields of health or intellectual property. The Geneva and lake Geneva region is home to quite a few important biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies.

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Proctor and Gamble – Major Geneva Employer

Posted on 29 May 2008 by Heidi

Proctor and Gamble has risen to become the 3rd largest employer in the canton of Geneva, responsible for more jobs in Geneva than any other company, except Migros and UBS. Specializing in beauty products, a sector showing strong growth over the past several years, Proctor and Gamble is a major actor offering work in Switzerland in the corporate world.

Last April in Geneva they had a recruitment event at their innovation center in Petit Lancy, where the manager of the Lacoste brand welcomed graduating students from across Europe and subjected them to a recruitment workshop in which they had to prove themselves by imagining a new ad campaign for the Brand to stimulate sales. The students were given the advice to take account of the diversity of the product line (casual T-shirts, dress shirts, perfumes,…) and to also consider how competing brands situate themselves –such as Armani or Calvin Klein — and were a set loose for the day with the admonition to be creative and generate enthusiasm.

Proctor and Gambles also owns beauty products brands like Lacoste

Divided into roughly 15 groups, the students compete for the entire day, through their proposals and ideas, for the attention of Proctor and Gamble’s recruiters. The workshop/recruitment trial is also promoted as a means for students to get a close-up look at the Proctor and Gamble corporate environment and have an idea of their work in Geneva should they join the company.

The second day of the 2-day event, the students are individually interviewed and the Recruiting Director gives out scores for the two-day trial. Our of 420 candidates who applied for the event, 100 were invited and 20 will receive an offer of employment to work in Geneva at the Proctor and Gamble offices, the headquarters for the beauty products line.

When Proctor and Gamble opened its doors in Geneva in 1999, they started with 250 employees. There are currently, less than 10 years later, more than 2500.

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Current Legal Framework

Posted on 15 June 2007 by LegalBeagle

Citizens of the EU and EFTA continue to have to obtain a valid work permit to work in Switzerland, but have now have the same opportunities on the labor market to find employment in Switzerland as do Swiss nationals.

Separate regulations apply to third country nationals who seek work in Switzerland.

Labor Force Flexibility and mobility of workers within Europe
The European job mobility portal – EURES- is the official conduit of information and services for those seeking employment in Switzerland. It explains the rules and regulations now in force for EU nationals who wish to move to Switzerland find a job.

For those wishing to exercise the benefits offered by the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons and work in Switzerland, “EuresInfo Switzerland” provides detailed information about how to go about finding a job in Switzerland.

employment in Switzerland

EFTA / EU nationals wishing to be self-employed in Switzerland
EU/EFTA nationals can now be self-employed in Switzerland. Information on the procedures to follow can be found in the brochure “European Nationals in Switzerland, which explains how to obtain residence in Switzerland and work in a profession in a self-employed capacity.”

Employment and Work Permit Policy for third-country nationals
For citizens from countries other than EU /EFTA, the following restrictions apply:

1) Priority on the Swiss labor market is given to Swiss nationals and EU /EFTA nationals. Therefore, job applicants from third-countries are only be considered when there are no qualified applicants for the job from the EU/EFTA member states.

2) Work permits for third country nationals are only issued in compliance with the established quotas.

3) Wage and working conditions for the advertised job (the same as for Swiss nationals) must be complied with.
There are possible conditions for various professions and groups of individuals: specialists, executives of multinational companies (executive transfer), employees of international organizations and artists. The government’s Federal Office for Migration can answer any questions regarding living and working in Switzerland.

Third-country nationals are not permitted to be self-employed in Switzerland.
As a general rule, self-employment is only possible for third-country nationals AFTER they have obtained their residence permit (C permit).

Internships in Switzerland / third countries
Switzerland has agreements on the exchange of interns with numerous countries to facilitate the obtaining of limited residence and work permits. Those admitted as interns are expected to between 18 and 30 and have finished the relevant vocational training. Interns may only be employed for up to 18 months as such. Information concerning internships and the regulations that govern entry under such a formula are to be found on the Federal Office of Migration (FOM) website.

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Getting a U.N. Internship

Posted on 05 June 2007 by Fixer

If you are not from Switzerland or from the European Union, finding an entry level job in Switzerland is extremely difficult. Recent graduates often pursue an internship before seeking employment.

The United Nations and international organizations in Geneva offer myriad internships and this is one of the ways young professionals and students can find work in Switzerland, without the problem of obtaining a work permit.

There are several ways students and young professionals can go about finding a UN internship. Below are some recommended steps. UN internships are generally unpaid and therefore this option — while an interesting way to parachute into work in Switzerland, experience the life, and perhaps look for more profitable employment— is not for everyone.

Consider the type of job you ultimately want to find and whether the given internship will fit in with your academic, professional or career internships in geneva switzerlandobjectives. And consider whether the internship will offer a realistic chance of leading to a job in an international organization in Switzerland.

A quick check of the different internet web sites of the UN organizations will inform you whether these programs or agencies are doing the sort of work which interests you. Consider emailing and even phoning people in or around the organization who might help you.

If you seek academic credit for your internship, you should look at a study-internship program. There are several such programs in Geneva and elsewhere that offer courses in combination with an internship.

Almost all the international organizations have internship programs and they each have their own application form,

process and timeline. You will need to check each organization’s web site for specific information and instructions.

Prepare your CV : consult books or online resources, or our tips (see prior postings) for examples of practices for CVs in Europe. Most applications are accepted by email, but you may actually have to write our some by hand and send them via regular mail.

The application process for the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme differs from the other organizations within the U.N. system.

Most of the HR services of the international organizations in Geneva put all the applications of interns seeking a job into a database. The organization’s staff then check these databases if they want an intern.

This system, combined with the fact that many U.N. staff in Geneva don’t even know they can find a free intern this way, makes the following very important: follow up. After having you’re your application for employment as an intern at one of the international organizations in Geneva, follow it up with an email to someone working in the area, division or section where you seek to work. You might find the contact info of such a person by checking the website thoroughly or examining the names on reports published by the organization – try calling the organization if you have to. Ask they have seen your curriculum vitae and your application.

In your email, write that you know about their work, that you know the internship will be unpaid, and discuss your qualifications, and that you have sent your official internship application to their HR office.

They probably won’t realize that they need you until you contact them in this way.

internships at the United Nations in GenevaAn internship is usually 3-6 months. Once you start your internship you will be inside the structure, have physical access to the different organizations and you can start your search for a job, start networking, circulate your curriculum vitae among your new acquaintances, and begin consulting the job boards, meeting people within the organizations and looking for regular employment at one of the international organizations.

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