I’m homesick but not sure how to find a job back in the UK

A stint in Switzerland has soured, but should I find a job and move or just head back and hope for the best?

Twice a week we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?

I am working in a project management role for an IT department in Switzerland. Initially it was a fixed-term temporary contract, but when it was converted to permanent earlier this year it made me realise I was desperately homesick and wanted to come back.

I am single, in my late 40s, I don’t love my job and the environment here is challenging, both in and out of work. This has been made worse after a recent run-in with a more senior colleague, with whom I previously had a good working relationship.

I don’t know whether to take a lower-paid, lower-status job just to get back to the UK; come back without a job and hope that a contract will come up; or hang on until an appealing permanent role comes up, risking becoming even more unhappy – and older – here.

If I move for just any job I’ll be 50 before I start trying to get into another career, and I don’t know if that’s too late. I don’t have a particular specialism – or solid assets – behind me.

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