how's the job market? is it easy to find a job for a university graduate? high school graduate?
are there a lot of openings for entry-level positions?
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I come from Switzerland and the unemployment rate here is around 2,9%, so it's pretty low. Finding a job is still relatively easy as long as you have a good education. Because we only have public universities in Switzerland, there are no "good" or "bad" colleges. The whole concept of "good" or "bad" schools doesn't exist here. All universities are very good in terms of educational quality. What's very different from the US (and from almost all other countries in the world) however, is the fact that only a relatively small minority of 15-20% are eligible to attend a university. We have something called a "dual system". When teenagers are in junior high school (7th to 9th grade) they have to decide whether they want to make an apprenticeship or continue going to school. If they want to make an apprenticeship, they have to figure out what field interests them and then start writing job applications and go to job interviews. Apprenticeships are very typical for manual and technical jobs such as carpenter, baker, cook, car technician, nurse etc. but also jobs like working in a bank or in a travel agency. If you get an apprenticeship, you start working part time in a company after 9th grade and earn money (but not a full salary, because you're still learning). On 1-2 days of the week you go to school to specifically learn theoretical stuff about your future job (but no general education anymore). People who go for an apprenticeship are almost certain to have a job later on. If they like their boss and their boss likes them, they can continue working in the same company as a full employee after finishing their apprenticeship.
If however, you want to take the academic path, you have to pass a series of entry exams into what we call "Gymnasium" (in some countries it is called Lycée (France) or Liceo (Italy)). These entry exams are extremely challenging and only the very best students have a chance to actually pass them. Once you are in this Gymnasium, you also have to keep studying very hard because it's very tough both in terms of work load and in terms of difficulty. If you don't get passing grades, you can still drop out any time. The Gymnasium lasts for 4 years. At the end you have to pass another, very challenging final exam in all subjects. Once you're through with that, you can go to any university you wish. What's also different to the US is that you need at least a master's degree to get a job if you took the academic path. But job security is quite high.1