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I am a high-earning career woman in Switzerland, AMA

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JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 07:52

Bit bored today as everyone is on holiday and work is quiet Halo

If anyone is interested in my experience with climbing the corporate ladder and moving to Switzerland, I'd be happy to share.

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LadyGardenersQuestionTime · 12/08/2022 07:59

What do you mean by “high”? How much do you earn?

chilliesandspices · 12/08/2022 08:01

What do you do for work?

ChimChimeny · 12/08/2022 08:02

Do you have a husband//wife/partner and/or kids?

JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:03

LadyGardenersQuestionTime · 12/08/2022 07:59

What do you mean by “high”? How much do you earn?

North of 200k CHF.

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JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:05

chilliesandspices · 12/08/2022 08:01

What do you do for work?

I work as a Communication Director at a large Swiss multinational company. I lead a big team so a massive part of my role is people management rather than comms work.

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BlueKaftan · 12/08/2022 08:05

Are you multi-lingual? Did you move to CH at the height of your career or midway?

JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:07

ChimChimeny · 12/08/2022 08:02

Do you have a husband//wife/partner and/or kids?

No, I am single. I moved countries a lot in my 20s to develop my career and then had a pretty unhappy relationship right after I moved to Switzerland at 29.

I am now in my early to mid 30s and I am still hoping to meet someone and open to the possibility of having kids down the line.

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JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:12

BlueKaftan · 12/08/2022 08:05

Are you multi-lingual? Did you move to CH at the height of your career or midway?

Yes I am bilingual, but I actually can't speak the language of the canton I live in (Zürich). At work we speak English only, so learning German hasn't been necessary so far.

I moved here after working in Asia and London for 5 years, I was essentially at a project manager level and had no leadership experience. Most of my career development to date has happened in Switzerland.

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chilliesandspices · 12/08/2022 08:15

Where did you go to uni and what did you study?

tellmewhentheLangshiplandscoz · 12/08/2022 08:23

For some reason from your title I imagine you have a gorgeous work wardrobe like this and envy you for that

I am a high-earning career woman in Switzerland, AMA
JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:27

chilliesandspices · 12/08/2022 08:15

Where did you go to uni and what did you study?

Funny enough, I studied something completely unrelated to what I do today.

I studied Architecture (Bachelor and Masters). I got my Bachelor in my European home country and then got a double masters degree in Denmark and China.

After graduating I realized that architecture wasn't my thing and I was able to get an internship at a startup as a Junior Graphic Designer in the marketing and comms team, and then worked my way up from there.

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JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:27

tellmewhentheLangshiplandscoz · 12/08/2022 08:23

For some reason from your title I imagine you have a gorgeous work wardrobe like this and envy you for that

Ahahah to be honest it is not that far off Grin

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IRememberXanadu · 12/08/2022 08:31

Have you worked both corporate and for agencies in comms?

JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 08:55

IRememberXanadu · 12/08/2022 08:31

Have you worked both corporate and for agencies in comms?

I have only worked for companies so far. From the outside working at an agency doesn't look super appealing (crazy hours and unpredictable requests from clients), but never say never Smile

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monsterastuckiosa · 12/08/2022 08:59

Are there many career men where you work?

JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 09:08

monsterastuckiosa · 12/08/2022 08:59

Are there many career men where you work?

Yes I would say most of the senior roles (Director level upwards) are held by people, men and women, who are very ambitious and invested in their careers. My department is mostly female and my manager is a woman, but the comms is traditionally a female-dominated field. In my company sales and ops are male-dominated and marketing is 50/50 I would say.

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BlueKaftan · 12/08/2022 09:27

Do you find that Swiss society tends to support career women? Also, how is your HR department?

countdowntonap · 12/08/2022 10:18

Did you have a ‘privileged’ childhood (don’t mean that in a bad way)?

What was your first job?

JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 11:09

BlueKaftan · 12/08/2022 09:27

Do you find that Swiss society tends to support career women? Also, how is your HR department?

My specific company is quite good in supporting women, there is good flexibility for mothers and several women in leadership positions with multiple young kids.

However, I hear that Swiss society at large is not supportive of working mothers at all. The school system is essentially set up based on having one parent at home and childcare is insanely expensive.

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JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 11:13

countdowntonap · 12/08/2022 10:18

Did you have a ‘privileged’ childhood (don’t mean that in a bad way)?

What was your first job?

I had a "privileged" childhood in a very middle class sense of the word. My family was financially comfortable, both my parents were very invested in my education, and I was given lots of educational opportunities such as traveling and taking private language courses. My parents supported me at university and allowed me to live abroad for my masters. So I don't come from extreme money but I definitely had a privileged childhood in many ways.

My first job was as an unpaid design intern at a tech startup in China. I was 24.

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Naimee87 · 12/08/2022 13:03

Are you going to the street parade? 😂

Taketheweather · 12/08/2022 13:05

It's the middle of the working day.

Have you not got much to do this week?

JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 13:49

Taketheweather · 12/08/2022 13:05

It's the middle of the working day.

Have you not got much to do this week?

Most of my colleagues are on holiday so work is pretty slow this week. I expect it will pick up again next week.

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JollieJullie · 12/08/2022 13:50

Naimee87 · 12/08/2022 13:03

Are you going to the street parade? 😂

LOL, over my dead body Grin

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2bazookas · 12/08/2022 13:50

why should I care?

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