New to Switzerland

Do you have questions about career or training in Switzerland? Do you need tips on how to search and apply for jobs or on how to finance education? You are welcome to contact career counselling for assistance!

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Information in various languages

The Career Information Centres «biz» (abbreviation for Berufsinformationszentrum) provide counselling and assistance with your questions regarding occupational careers in Switzerland.

Each biz has a so-called information counter where you can find free information material (in German) and learn more about education, training and careers in Switzerland.

For a short personal counselling in German, you can drop by your local biz unannounced during the opening hours of the information counter.

During short consultations at the information counter, you can ask questions about career and training. Career counsellors will answer your questions and refer you to other specialist departments if needed. 

Career counselling covers topics such as:

  • Profession, academic studies, education and continuing education
  • Labour market integration, searching and applying for jobs
  • Recognition of foreign diplomas
  • Professional qualification courses for adults
  • Financing education and continuing education programmes

Find your competent biz:

Info event for migrant parents

How to choose a career and look for an apprenticeship in Switzerland

You have just moved to Switzerland.
Your child is at secondary school.
However, you need to improve your German.
You have a lot of questions.

  • What type of careers are available?
  • What is a basic vocational education (apprenticeship)?
  • What is a vocational school-leaving certificate (BM)?
  • Who can help in choosing a career?

Target group

  • Parents of young people in secondary school
  • Family members and interested parties

Registration necessary. Participation is free of charge.

Next dates will follow 2023.

Info day for migrants

Education system and working in Switzerland

You are starting a new life in Switzerland.
You would like to work here or get an education.
However, you need to improve your German.
You have a lot of questions.

  • What does «education system» mean?
  • What is a basic vocational qualification (apprenticeship)?
  • Can adults undertake a vocational qualification?
  • Are foreign degrees / diplomas recognised?
  • Where can I find and apply for work?
  • When is it good to talk to a careers’ advisor?

Target group

  • Adults with questions on studying and working in Switzerland

No registration necessary; participation is free of charge.

Next dates will follow 2023.


Amt für Jugend und Berufsberatung - Fachbereich Berufsberatung


Dörflistrasse 120
8090 Zürich
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