Applying to a job similar to the one you held before may not be an immediate option, especially for activities for which Switzerland has specific regulations, as is the case for many health practitioners, for instance.
In such cases, you may have to go through further training or the validation of your diploma.
For some people, myself included, quitting your job to move abroad for your partner’s career represents the perfect excuse to make a dignified exit when you feel you’re not where you’re meant to be.
What’s fascinating about moving to a new country is that you are confronted with your default choices and thus have the chance to transform the way you live, from trivial things such as what to cook for dinner to the significant question of how you define yourself.
The key here is resisting the temptation to adopt a storyline in which you are powerless.
I cannot say how much I detest the expression trailing spouse. It feels condescending, like you are trailing behind, struggling to keep up. When in fact, this move is just as much about your choices as it is about your partner’s.
Since you decided to take part in this (yes, you did), you might as well take ownership of your choices and your experience as an expat. And to find your very own way of living this experience, whether you are here for a year or for life.
Your ideal option may not be available at the moment, but that does not mean you have to sit and wait until it does. Even when options are limited, you still get to choose and, from those choices, gradually expand possibilities.