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The First Intern in the New Office

Me

Hello everyone, my name is Romée van der Arend. I am 20 years old and I’m studying Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. I used to play hockey for a long time, I love traveling and I like going out with my friends.

I’m now in my third year of my university course in Business Administration and I choose to do an internship in Malta. I choose to do an internship because I haven’t done any internships yet at the university and I would like to learn more about the business life and business cultures. Also, I wanted to do my internship abroad because I think it is a great experience and you can learn a lot about another country.

Me and Malta

First, I went looking for a country to do my internship in. I’m planning on going traveling trough Asia and Australia after my Bachelor (after my third year). For that reason I didn’t want to go too far from the Netherlands, so I choose a country in Europe. Moreover, I wanted a warm country (in the south), preferably with palm trees (: . Most importantly, I wanted to improve my English and because Malta is a former colony of England, everyone speaks English. That’s why I choose Malta!

Me and Quad Consultancy

I asked family and friends, whether anyone had some tips about doing an internship in Malta. That’s how I became a member of the dutch Facebook group ‘Dutch youth in Malta’ (Nederlandse jongeren op Malta). Through that group I came in contact with a former intern from Quad Consultancy, Iris. I was really excited about this company so I applied to become the new Recruitment Intern. So now here I am. And coincidentally the company just moved to another city, so I am the first intern in the new office in Mosta!

Me and the Maltese Culture

As I already expected before I came here, many things are different from the Netherlands. Still I was amazed by many things in Malta.

I already heard about the different mentality in the south, but you will only really know what it’s like when you live there. In the Netherlands everybody wants to be on time. Everything has to be done as fast as possible and people get annoyed when the bus is 5 minutes late. But here it’s different. Maltese people take their time to help everyone as good as possible and everyone is used to wait in a queue.
Another difference with the Netherlands is that it’s so busy everywhere. Malta is a very crowded country with a lot of foreigners. That’s why there is a lot of traffic and traffic jams. When you go with the public transport it will take you twice as long as predicted. And the schools in Malta didn’t even start yet!
But it’s all ok here. No one seems to care and makes the best of everything. In the bus a lot of people chat with each other, even with people they don’t know. Yesterday for example I spoke with someone that used to work as a manager for KPN. That’s also something I like a lot, everyone is very social.

So far, I am really enjoying Malta. I’m very happy I choose Malta and Quad Consultancy and I look forward to the coming months.

Lots of love,

Romée

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De eerste stagair in de nieuwe office!

Ik

Hallo allemaal, ik ben Romée van der Arend. Ik ben 20 jaar oud en ik studeer Bedrijfskunde op de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. Ik heb jarenlang gehockeyd, ik hou van reizen en ik vind het leuk om af te spreken met vrienden.

Ik zit nu in het derde jaar van mijn studie en ik heb ervoor gekozen om een stage te doen in het buitenland. Ik heb gekozen voor een stage omdat ik op de universiteit nog geen stages heb gedaan en ik graag meer wil zien van een bedrijfsleven en bedrijfsculturen. Ook wilde ik graag dan in het buitenland stage lopen. Dit lijkt mij een geweldige ervaring en je leert gelijk veel over een ander land.

Ik en Malta

Ik ging eerst op zoek naar een land waar ik mijn stage wilde doen. Mijn plan is om na mijn Bachelor (na het derde jaar) een wereldreis te maken. Om die reden wilde ik niet te ver weg en heb ik dus gekozen voor een land in Europa. Daarbij wilde ik graag toch een warm (zuidelijk) land, het liefst met palmbomen :). Als laatste wilde ik graag mijn Engels verbeteren en omdat malta een voormalige kolonie is, spreken veel mensen Engels. Daarom heb ik voor Malta gekozen.

Ik en Quad Consultancy

Dus ik ging rondvragen bij familie en vrienden. Had er iemand tips om een stage in Malta te vinden? Zo kwam ik bij de facebookgroep ‘Nederlandse jongeren op Malta’. Via de facebookgroep kwam ik in contact met een voormalige stagiair van Quad Consultancy, Iris. Ik was meteen enthousiast en ik solliciteerde voor de functie van Recruitment Intern. En ja nu zit ik hier. En toevallig is het bedrijf net verhuisd dus ik ben de eerste stagair in het nieuwe kantoor in Mosta!

Ik en de Maltese cultuur

Zoals ik al had verwacht, zijn veel dingen anders dan in Nederland. Maar toch zijn er een paar dingen waar ik me over verbaasde in Malta.

Ik had al wel eens gehoord dat de mentaliteit anders is in het zuiden. Maar je weet het pas echt als je het meemaakt. In Nederland let iedereen altijd op de tijd. Alles moet zo snel mogelijk gebeuren en raken geïrriteerd als de bus 5 minuten te laat is. Hier is het anders. Maltezen nemen de tijd om iedereen zo goed mogelijk te helpen en het maakt niet uit hoe lang de rij is.

Een ander verschil met Nederland is dat het zo druk ik overal. Malta is een heel druk land met veel buitenlanders. Daardoor is er veel verkeer en overal is er file. Voor een ritje met het openbaar vervoer ben je vaak twee keer zo lang onderweg dan voorspeld. En de scholen zijn nog niet eens begonnen in Malta!

Maar hier maakt het allemaal niet uit. Niemand lijkt zich eraan te ergeren en maakt er het beste van. In de bus maakt iedereen een praatje met elkaar, ook met mensen die ze niet kennen. Bijvoorbeeld gister heb ik in de bus de hele weg met een oud manager van KPN gepraat. Dat is dus ook wat ik heel leuk vind van Malta, iedereen is zo sociaal.

Tot nu toe heb ik me heel erg vermaakt hier. Ik ben heel blij dat ik voor Malta en Quad Consultancy heb gekozen en ik kijk uit naar de komende maanden.

Veel liefs,

Romée

New Marketing Intern!

My name is Victoria López Flores and I am the new Marketing intern at Quad Consultancy. I am eager to find out everything that I’m going to learn and what I can bring to them. As a first task I’m the new manager of the blog, so like my predecessors, I’m going to publish interesting posts. But now I’m going to talk a little bit about myself.

About me

I’m a Spanish student studying Advertising and Public Relation. Since I had my first experience in an advertising agency I knew that this is what I want to do. When I finished there I had a great opportunity to work in a big software company but this did not happened because of my low level of English. So that is why I ventured and I traveled to London where I believed I would learn a lot of English. Unfortunately, I couldn’t live there for a lot of time because it very expensive to live and with my English skills I didn’t get great job opportunities. The positive of the experience is that I fell in love with my current boyfriend and together we decided again to start in a new adventure and to travel to Malta.

Why Malta?

Simple. My objective is to learn English and since my experience in London was not entirely good, in Europe only two countries where left were the English is the official language; Ireland and Malta. Sincerely I don’t like the cold, I am used to hot weather and lived close to the beach in Spain. After looking for some information about Malta finally we chose this destination. I have been living in Malta since January and although there are many things to improve like the government departments, Malta is helping me create lovely memories, especially because of my puppy called Omega who I bought from Gozo.

Why Quad Consultancy?

After half a year in a distance university, I had finished my final exams and for someone like me with a restless personality I began to look for jobs. At first I thought that although I have experience, I don’t have a level of English that would satisfy a company. Even so I took the risk and looked for Internet vacancies of Marketing. I didn’t do a exhaustive research, like I said I didn’t think that a company was going to take me, so I only sent one CV, to Quad Consultancy. After meeting them, they gave me the opportunity, so now I am working here!

For me it will be a pleasure to write blog posts and motivate you to comment too! If you are looking for a job in Malta, tell us your reasons for this!

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¡Nueva interna en Marketing!

Mi nombre es Victoria López Flores y voy a ser la nueva interna en Marketing de Quad Consultancy. Estoy ansiosa por saber todo lo que voy a aprender y lo que puedo aportar aquí. Como primera tarea voy a ser la nueva encargada del blog, asique como mis antecesores en el puesto, voy a ir publicando entradas de interés. Pero ahora os voy a hablar un poquito acerca de mi.

Sobre mi

Soy una estudiante de Publicidad y Relaciones públicas española que tuvo su primera experiencia en una agecia de publicidad y desde entonces se que esto es lo que quiero hacer. Al terminar allí tuve la oportunidad de trabajar con una gran empresa de software pero no pude finalmente por mi bajo nivel de inglés, asi que me aventuré y me fuí a Londres donde creí que aprendería muchisimo inglés. Desgraciadamente, no pude continuar durante mucho tiempo alli ya que era demasiado caro y con mi nivel de ingés, no tenia grandes oportunidades loborales. Lo bueno que me lleve de allí fue que me enamoré de mi actual novio, con el que decidí embarcarme en una nueva aventura y viajar a Malta.

¿Por qué Malta?

Simple. Mi objetivo, es aprender inglés y puesto que mi experiencia en Londres no fue del todo buena, en Europa solo quedan otros dos paises donde el ingles es el idioma oficial; Irlanda y Malta. Sinceramente no me gusta el frio y estoy acostumbrada a vivir cerca de la playa y después de buscar información sobre Malta finalmente elegimos este destino. Llevo en Malta desde Enero de este año y aunque tienen muchas cosas por mejorar la administración del Gobierno, mi perrito de 4 meses llamado Omega siempre será Gozano, por lo que siempre tendré un bonito recuerdo este país.

¿Por qué empezar en Quad?

Depués de medio año en una Universidad a Distancia, e intentado integrarme con mi bajo nivel de ingles en Malta, como acabo de terminar mis examenes y por mi personalidad inquieta me puse a buscar. En un principio ni siquiera me lo planté, pensé que en ningún sitio que cojerían, aunque tengo experiencia en una agencia de publicidad, no tengo el nivel sufieciente para satisfacer a un cliente con todas sus dudas. Aun así me arriesgue y busqué por internet vacantes de Marketing. No hice una busqueda muy detallada porque como he dicho no pensé que me fueran a cojer, por lo que solo envié un curriculum, aquí en Quad Consultancy. Y ahora depues de conocerles y darme la oportunidad, ¡trabajo aquí!

Será un placer escribir de vez en cuando artículos y animaros a que vosotros también comenteis! Que expliqueis vuestro motivo por el que vivis o porque quereis buscar un trabajo en Malta.

Final day at Quad

Bye bye, doei!

How did it all start? You can read it here in my first blog. Now, 5 months and a lot of experiences later, it’s almost time to pack my suitcases and to go back to the Netherlands. The time has flown and I wish I could stay 5 more months!

What did I learn at Quad Consultancy?

My colleagues taught me a lot about recruitment and the Maltese labour market. After a couple of weeks, I took part in the full recruitment process and I got my own responsibilities which I really liked. My English improved a lot since the beginning of my internship. I also got to know the Maltese Culture (especially the political part) and the best places to go on this island! My favourite word in Maltese is definitely ‘Mela’. And last but not least, a snake is the best pet to have in an office (Bye bye, Quadro!).

What am I going to miss?

I’m going to miss the relaxed atmosphere on the island, my after work swims at Exiles bay, the lovely people I met during my time here, lunch breaks in the sun, watching the sunset at the beach with a barbeque and drinks, my daily walks through the beautiful streets of Malta, great hikes at the cliffs, the very nice weather which was getting better every day, Valletta which is amongst the most beautiful city I’ve ever been and even Quad’s manager director jokes.

Oh, there is one thing which I’m definitely not going to miss: the traffic during the morning on my way from Msida to Sliema.
What’s next?!

Although I’m really sad to leave Malta, luckily there are new adventures waiting for me. Next week I’m going to Thailand for a backpacking trip! If anyone has some good recommendations to go in Thailand, please let me know. After that, I’m going to do a 10-month internship at a big company in the Netherlands. And then.. Back to Malta again? Who knows ;-).

My last days in Malta I’m going to visit my favourite places on the island and eat my last pastizzi with a cold Cisk beer on the side. A big thanks (Grazzi!) to the Quad team for having me as an intern and I will definitely see all of you again!

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Bye bye, doei!

Hoe het allemaal begon? Dat kun je hier lezen in mijn eerste blog. Nu, 5 maanden en heel veel ervaringen rijker, is het bijna tijd om mijn koffers te gaan pakken en terug te gaan naar Nederland. De tijd is voorbij gevlogen en ik zou willen dat ik nog 5 maanden langer kon blijven.

Wat heb ik geleerd bij Quad Consultancy?

Mijn collega’s hebben me veel geleerd over recruitment en hoe de Maltese arbeidsmarkt in elkaar steekt. Na een aantal weken maakte ik deel uit van het gehele recruitment proces en kreeg ik mijn eigen verantwoordelijkheden wat ik erg leuk vond! Mijn engels is flink verbeterd sinds het begin van mijn stage. Ook heb ik de Maltese cultuur leren kennen (zeker het politieke deel) en de beste plekken om naar toe te gaan op het eiland! Mijn favoriete woord in de Maltese taal is ‘Mela’. En een slang is het beste dier om te hebben in een kantoor (bye bye, Quadro!).

Wat ga ik missen?

Ik ga de relaxte sfeer op het eiland missen, na het werk in de zee zwemmen, de geweldige mensen die ik heb leren kennen, lunch pauzes in de zon, de zonsondergang zien op het strand met een barbeque en biertjes, de dagelijkse wandelingen door de mooie straten van Malta, de geweldige hikes bij de cliffs, het fijne weer wat elke dag beter werd, Valletta wat een van de mooiste steden is waar ik ooit ben geweest en zelfs Mark zijn grappen!

Oh, er is een dingetje wat ik zeker niet ga missen: het verkeer in de ochtend wanneer ik van Msida naar Sliema ging.

Wat nu?

Hoewel ik eigenlijk nog helemaal niet Malta wil verlaten, staan de volgende avonturen al op me te wachten! Volgende week vlieg ik naar Thailand voor een backpackreis. Mocht iemand goede tips hebben om naar toe te gaan, laat het me weten! Daarna ga ik een volgende stage doen voor 10 maanden bij een grote organisatie in Nederland. En daarna? Misschien wel weer naar Malta? Wie weet ;-)!

Mijn laatste dagen in Malta ga ik nog mijn favoriete plekken op dit eiland bezoeken en natuurlijk mijn laatste pastizzi eten met een Cisk biertje er bij! Heel erg bedankt (Grazzi!) Quad team voor alles en ik zie jullie allemaal zeker nog eens!

Job of the Week

The Client
Our client is a leading international company, who is passionate about the entertainment industry and thrives to provide the best customer service at all times. They are currently looking for a Head of Human Resources to join their team in Malta and support them with building a strong presence on the island. The successful candidate will report to the HR Director and will be required to occasionally work outside of the usual office hours. The position comes with an attractive, above average, remuneration package.
Key Responsibilities
Working in partnership with the HR Director to implement and maintain HR related strategies
Handling employee relations, development and retention as well as performance management, promotions and compensation
Promoting best practices in an innovative approach while always having in mind the business needs
Coaching, mentoring and challenging the senior operators in Malta in application of HR policies and practices as well as providing advice and guidance to the Management team on complex HR issues
Coaching, supporting and mentoring HR and office management team to guarantee the compliance with statutory and legal requirements and to assess the impact of major policy and legislative changes
Anticipating HR related issues and applying expert knowledge of HR programs, policies and practices to resolution
Managing and monitoring Malta HR and OFM budget.
Acting as an ambassador and representative of the company in Malta
Overseeing payroll, comp and bens administration and all office management
Requirements
Previous management experience
Experience in an online digital market, IT industry and / or gaming sector
Excellent command of English, any additional language would be an advantage
Proficiency in all MS Office Suite
Strong experience in dealing with multiple discipline functions and building strong working relationships
Great interpersonal, communication, presentation leadership and analytical skills
Strategic and tactical problem solving skills and hands-on involvement in day to day activities
Strong ability to inspire and lead a team
HR Qualification and familiarity with the ‘Agile Model of HR’ would be considered as an asset
Interested candidates are kindly requested to send an updated copy of their CV in MS Word format (your name in the filename) to Simon at [email protected].
Should you require further information, please, call on +356 2099 4444.

 

Tips for living abroad

Tips for living abroad 

Why should you consider a stay abroad?  You can read it here in Lana’s blogpost. I’ve already been in Malta for four months and I’m still having a great time on this beautiful island.

I found out that it is really easy to meet people in Malta. There are a lot of students over here and plenty of them are in the same boat as you. If you arrive alone in Malta, by the end of your stay abroad you won’t be alone anymore!  However, I have some tips to make it easier to settle down in Malta.

Flight
The adventure starts when you take your first step in the airplane. There are probably more people who are going to the same destination for a long period. For example, during my flight to Malta I met two Dutch students who were also flying to Malta for an internship. It is nice to have some contacts before arrival.

Roommates
When you are moving to another country, finding a room will have high priority. It will be a big plus to have nice roommates who you can hang out with. I’m living in a nice flat near the university with people who turned from strangers into real friends.

Join facebookgroups
Nowadays almost everybody is using Facebook. If you join Facebook groups such as: ‘ESN Students Malta’ or ‘Naturelovers Malta’ you will get an invite when they have organised an event. Do you want to explore Valletta or Gozo? Just post it in the group and probably people will join you!

Activities
A lot of activities will be organised, like a hike at the beautiful cliffs of Malta, a nice boat party or an international dinner. When you are attending an event, you can meet new people!

Meet-up
If you like to meet some international people download the application ‘Meet-up’ on your smartphone. When you sign up you can fill in your interests and join specific groups who are sharing your interests, when they organise an event you get simply an invite. And,  you know you will have at least one interest in common ;-)!

Couchsurfing
This is an application for everything you need during your stay abroad: events, places to crash and also recommendations for the best places to party! Do you want to explore the island, improve your language skills or just have a drink in Paceville? Sign up at Couchsurfing!

Travbuddy
When you are abroad for a while it’s fun to go to other places as well! Ryanair provides a lot of cheap flights. A few weeks ago, I went to Trapani a beautiful city in Sicily for only 15 euro(!!).  Travelling on your own can be fun, but if you prefer to go with more people then you can download ‘Travbuddy’. In this application, you can contact people who are willing to join you during your next travel!

So if you are going abroad on your own, don’t worry! You will have friends within no time. And enjoy as much as you can because the time will fly!

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Alleen naar het buitenland

Waarom je zeker zou moeten overwegen om alleen naar het buitenland te gaan, kun je hier lezen in de blogpost geschreven door Lana. Ik ben inmiddels al vier maanden in Malta en ik heb het nog steeds super naar mijn zin op dit mooie eiland.

Nieuwe mensen leren kennen in Malta is erg makkelijk. Er zijn veel studenten hier en de meeste van hen zitten in de zelfde situatie als jou. Je gaat dan misschien wel alleen naar Malta maar aan het einde van je periode in het buitenland zul je zeker niet meer alleen zijn! Om je op weg te helpen met een goede start in Malta heb ik wat tips voor je!

De vlucht
Zodra je het vliegtuig naar Malta instapt begint je avontuur. Waarschijnlijk zijn er meer mensen onderweg naar Malta voor een langere periode. Tijdens mijn vlucht naar Malta zat ik naast twee nederlandse studenten die ook naar Malta gingen voor een stage. Het was erg fijn om alvast wat contacten te hebben voordat ik in Malta arriveerde.

Roommates
Wanneer je naar een ander land verhuist, zal het vinden van een kamer ergens boven aan je prioriteitenlijst staan. Met leuke flatgenoten zijn ook de eerste contacten gelegd. Ik zelf woon in een flat dichtbij de universiteit met flatgenoten die van vreemden echte vrienden zijn geworden!

Facebook groepen
Tegenwoordig heeft bijna iedereen een Facebook account. Een handig sociaal medium waar je snel contacten kunt leggen. Wanneer je lid wordt van verschillende Facebook groepen als: ‘ ESN students Malta’ of ‘Naturelovers Malta’ dan zul je een uitnodiging krijgen wanneer er iets wordt georganiseerd. Mocht je zelf iets willen gaan doen zoals Valletta of Gozo bezoeken, zet een berichtje in de Facebook groep en waarschijnlijk zijn er mensen die mee willen gaan.

Activities
Gedurende het semester worden er veel activiteiten georganiseerd, zoals een hike in de natuur van Malta, een boot feestje of een internationaal diner. Tijdens deze evenementen kan je veel mensen leren kennen.

Meet-up
Als je internationale mensen wilt leren kennen, download dan de applicatie ‘Meet-up’ op je smartphone. Wanneer je een account aan maakt, krijg je de mogelijkheid om je interesses aan te geven en kun je lid worden van specifieke groepen die dezelfde interesses delen. Wanneer er een evenement wordt georganiseerd krijg je hiervoor een uitnodiging. En je hebt in ieder geval alvast een interesse gemeen!

Couchsurfing
In deze applicatie kun je alles vinden waar je naar op zoek bent als het gaat om nieuwe mensen te leren kennen: evenementen, plaatsen om te verblijven en aanbevelingen voor de beste plaatsen voor een feestje! Wil je het eiland ontdekken, een taal verbeteren of gewoon een drankje doen in Paceville? Download deze app!

Travbuddy
Wanneer je naar het buitenland gaat voor een tijdje, het is ook leuk om een ander land te bezoeken. Vanaf Malta kun je heel goedkoop vliegen met Ryanair naar verschillende bestemmingen. Zo vloog ik een paar weken geleden naar Trapani, een mooie stad in Sicilie voor maar 15 euro (!). Alleen ergens heen gaan kan leuk zijn, maar als je liever samen met meer mensen gaat download dan de applicatie ‘Travbuddy’. Hier kan je mensen vinden die ook op zoek zijn naar een reisgenoot.

 

Dus als je alleen naar het buitenland gaat, maak je niet druk! Je zult snel mensen leren kennen en een geweldige tijd hebben. Geniet er zo veel mogelijk van want de tijd zal voorbij vliegen!

Job of the Week

The Client
Our client, a leading global provider of regulatory compliance consulting, software, accounting and tax services to the asset management and securities industry, is looking to hire a Financial & Regulatory Accountant to join their team in Malta.
Key Responsibilities 
  • Monthly management accounts
  • VAT returns
  • Year-end audit files
  • Annual financial statements – drafted to comply with UK GAAP / IFRS

Requirements

  • Must be recently qualified, or close to completion of a recognised professional accounting qualification
  • The ideal candidate should have sound knowledge of: SAGE (Line 50), MS Excel, Accounting fundamentals & process
  • Looking to move into a growing, financial services-focused practice
  • Looking to develop expertise in regulatory accounting, in particular prudential capital planning, monitoring and reporting
  • Solid client relationship focus
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and constant desire to improve
Interested candidates are kindly requested to send their CV in MS Word format (your name in the file name) to David at [email protected].
Should you require further information, please, call on +356 2099 4444.

Millennial’s Guide to Finding a Job

Millennials have encountered a lot of criticism for their approach towards the current job market and expectations that, perhaps, are too high. A lot has been said about their demands for cool offices, flexible working hours and ping pong tables.

Being myself a 20-something-year-old I had to face the post-university disappointment and crushed with the reality, in which everyone has a degree, ambitions and wants to be a part of the bigger picture. Frankly, I’m tired of us constantly ranting how difficult life is and not being able to move away from that limbo.

So, what’s stopping us from finding the perfect job and landing the career we’ve been dreaming about since kindergarten?

Learning from my own mistakes and observing my peers has helped me to understand where we are failing. Why do we get stuck in jobs we’ve never wanted to do and why don’t we have enough courage to find our true passion.

I have just landed the job I have always wanted to do, even though it took me 3 years after graduating, moving a country and plenty of ups and downs (yes, there were tears).

How did I get a job I really wanted?

  1. Don’t send 50 application, but 10 passion and quality. You know how it goes, writing a general CV and Cover Letter, scrolling down different job boards and mass sending job applications. Then, you’re surprised nobody gets back to you. Well, I was too. Until I realised that if you spend a little bit more time on proper research and apply to companies that you would genuinely want to work for, they will feel it and they will appreciate it.

  2. Be a little bit more humble. So many of my friends, including myself, walked out of university thinking I have an amazing degree, finished one of the best universities, so I don’t have to apply for entry level, low-paid jobs’. So what? This is the question you have to keep on asking yourself. It’s great to have a list of accomplishments on your CV but the employer is more interested in the result of them and the value you will be able to bring as a consequence of what you’ve done in the past.

  3. Don’t be afraid to go an extra mile. You might have to travel for longer than 30mins and start at minimum wage. But think about the bigger picture. If this is the right company, the travel will stop bothering you and you will most likely get a regular pay rise. What is more important, getting to work quickly or doing something you actually believe in?

  4. Be yourself, but professional. There were so many times I felt like I had to pretend and force myself to say certain things in the interview room. It was probably the first warning sign, meaning that I wouldn’t fit within the company’s culture. I’m not saying you should reveal your deepest secrets, but at least try to feel more comfortable while interviewing and let it be a two-way conversation.

  5. Trust your recruiter. Wherever you’re based and whatever jobs you’re applying for, at some point, you will come across a recruitment agency. They are a middleman between you and the employer, so don’t ignore them. If you don’t impress them, they won’t recommend you and you can forget about getting an interview. Instead, you should listen to them. They know their client and it’s in their best interest for you to get THAT job, so you should take their advice seriously.

So, instead of complaining and reading endless articles on how broken our generations is, start doing something. Go out there and explore, make mistakes and dare to try. Prove them wrong!

With that in mind, I’m off to my new venture. Which I would have never been able to get if not for Quad’s Team. They are the most amazing bunch of people, who not only helped me with the meanders of career change but also supported me through the entire process 🙂

Thanks to everyone, who’s been reading my posts over the last few months, hope you enjoyed it. I will let you know how I am getting along in a few weeks 😉

Megan

Maltese election

Survival Guide to Malta’s Election

I presume you’ve heard about the early election in Malta due to be held on the 3rd of June. If not, then you must be living in a different country or you have some magical powers I don’t know of. In that case, please, share them with me.

Good for those, who are into politics, its scandals and never-ending promises. However, for Non-Maltese, it’s probably one of the weirdest times on the island. Mediterraneans are well-known for being laid back…. But not when it comes to the election time in Malta……it’s a completely different story. The Mediterranean passion comes out in full force!

All of a sudden, we find ourselves in the middle of a battle between two opposite camps and friends not talking to each other (they even stop being friends on Facebook). Not to mention, that it’s pretty much the only thing everyone is thinking about and buying your morning pastizzi is like walking into the political dungeon.

Luckily, this time we only have to go through 33 days of that madness. So, what can you do to survive it?

  1. Slow down on Social Media
    I know, you’re not going to survive a day without Facebook and Twitter, I wouldn’t either. But… You can change your settings and unfollow any sources that will mention the election. Instead, like pictures of cute puppies and funny pandas, this way, you will be getting more posts like that
  2. Go to the beach
    One of the reasons why the majority of us moved to Malta is because of the sun and sea. So, why not make the best out of it? Grab a couple of beers, start a barbeque and just enjoy it. Can it get more Mediterranean than that?
  3. Netflix and chill
    Yep, this is NOT a typo. Can you imagine a better way of spending a weekend than hiding for two days, binge watching your favourite TV show, eating take-out and… Chilling with your other half? What did you think I meant by Netflix and chill? Huh?
  4. Go camping
    I’m not the biggest fan of the great outdoors. However, for those who don’t mind bugs and peeing in the bush, that’s probably the best way of disconnecting. Just make it a point to go with someone shares your same political beliefs, though.. Being locked up in a tent for two days with your current enemy might end up as a headline murder story…although probably no one will notice since everyone’s focused on the big event.
  5. Avoid the traditional extended family Sunday lunch
    There’s not much I can say here. Just don’t do it to yourself.

As much as you want to run away, it will still probably catch up with you… Sooner or later you will see the faces of political leaders, banners and manifestos. If you don’t want to get dragged into it, check our daily portion of infotainment to cheer up and get through the day.

Just remember, keep calm, and remember, it’s going to be over soon. Then it will be summer, and many people will be in village festa mood 😀

Megan

Outsource payroll

Payroll nightmare?

If you know at least one person who takes care of payroll, then you’re probably familiar with all the annoying stories of disgruntled people they have to deal with every day.

Going out for a Friday drink with a friend of mine, who’s a Finance professional, means one thing – listening to her frustrations over payroll, accounts and the constant backlog she has to deal with.

As much as I can imagine payroll being a routine job, to say the least, I still cannot understand why is it such a headache for most companies! At the end of the day, if you’re running a business, you also have to pay your employees and somebody has to deal with this crucial process. If you get the employees’ pay wrong, you’re most definitely asking for trouble.

Working at Quad Consultancy gave me an excellent opportunity to do a bit of research to see why they claim that by outsourcing payroll, people’s life can be made easier.

As it turned out, it’s not payroll itself that is a nightmare but rather the way the companies decide to go about it. If like my friend, you work for a small or medium-sized company, then most likely you don’t have a separate payroll department. It’s either HR or  Finance who ends up doing it, and…guess what? Because of deadlines and other urgent matters, payroll sometimes ends up being seen as a “side job”…and additional task…a nuisance!

They both seem to be thinking that accountants are there for numbers and HR to… well, deal with people. Unfortunately, payroll needs a bit of both and hiring a payroll administrator equals additional cost to your business.

I can imagine how the time to run the payroll function is a cost, but when you add the initial investment in the software, and the yearly costs of software updates, and maintenance agreements, plus the employee’s leave, sick leave, bonuses, NI and other costs, then the natural question is: “is it REALLY worth it?”

And let’s not talk about the headaches of payroll administrators needing to take sick leave at the end of the month. What about replacing them when they leave? Now THAT is a nightmare!

But it CAN get worse! Have you considered the issue of confidentiality? How many times have companies experienced leaks of information about salaries and – horror of horrors – those EVIL performance bonuses?

So, it seems like I got a pretty straightforward answer to my question about payroll being a company’s nightmare.

What’s the solution to your payroll problem?

OUTSOURCE!

I’m neither a business owner nor a frustrated employee dealing with payroll. However, I cannot understand why anyone would want to go through so much hassle and expense. It’s just easier to leave it to professionals who will take a headache away at a CHEAPER cost!

Why would you waste time and money on payroll when you can free up the time and boost the productivity by investing in skills they will actually want to learn and use at work? Outsourcing will definitely work out cheaper than hiring a payroll administrator, training them and then watching them leave because they got bored of doing the same thing month in month out…or because they were offered more by someone else. REMEMBER, a good, reliable Payroll Administrator comes at a cost. A huge one indeed!

Now I’m off to meet my friend, and guess what I’m going to be talking to her about! Yes, you’re right. I’m going to talk to her about payroll outsourcing… Maybe in a few weeks, we’ll be able to talk about boys, clothes, hangovers, gossip and other interesting stuff…

Stranger Tales in Malta

It’s a Friday afternoon and the sun has just started its way down, leaving behind the cold, grey sky of early spring days. I had no reason to rush, yet I almost ran with the suitcase by my side, just to join the horde of commuters and feel like I still belong to the crowd.

Except, this time, I am a visitor. I don’t have an office to leave, colleagues to go for a pint with, or a train to miss after an unexpected pub crawl. Having not much choice, I sit down in the nearest pub with a book on the table and cold lager in my hand. Ready to proceed with my all-time favourite past time, observing people and the passing time.

The couple in the far right corner is clearly on their first date, trying to impress each other and checking out how they look (who said phone cameras are not handy?) as soon as the other one goes to the bathroom. I am again reminded that I wasn’t in Malta by the guy sitting at the table next to me. Instead of starting a friendly conversation, he’s doing the same thing as me. Pretending to read and text every now and then… Because the city’s cacophony will never let you focus and just drift away into the fictional world of words.

How is that different in Malta? Well, here you’re never a stranger and the person you sit next to will most likely be the person you randomly bump into at work or a night out. Not to mention, sitting by yourself and just staring at people will probably gain you certain looks and a status of a weirdo. Especially, if like me, you tend to hang out at the same place and, ideally, sit in the usual spot.

Nonetheless, in some odd way, there is something satisfactory and comforting in seeing the repeating faces. Constantly bumping into people you know or having seen before could get annoying, and it certainly tops up the list of the most surprising things I encountered in Malta. However, it creates a reassuring safety-net and unspoken agreement of looking out for each other.     

As you can imagine, more often than not, these situations can be naturally awkward. Love it or hate it, it’s still going to happen. But if there is one thing I learned after three months in Malta, it is that everything can be dealt with humour and the magical ability to move on. Ran into your ex or worst enemy? Not a problem, grab a drink and joke about it, and share the story with everyone you know…adding some of your own spice every time you share it.

So long London. Now, it’s time to figure out how can I perform my favourite activity in Malta hoping that I don’t end up with my picture splashed all over the Social Media with a warning to watch out for this weird stalker.

Megan

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Stranger Tales na Malcie

Jest piątkowe popołudnie, słońce zaczęło zachodzić, zostawiajac za soba szare i zimne niebo pierwszych dni wiosny. Nigdzie nie musialam sie spieszyc, a jednak zaczęłam niemalze biec z walizka u mego boku, tylko po to, żeby dołączyć do tłumu podróżujących po pracy i znowu poczuć się jak część tej specyficznej grupy.

Z jednym wyjątkiem, tym razem jestem tutaj turystka. Nie mam biura, z którego mogłabym wyjść punktualnie o 17, znajomych, z ktorymi moglabym pojsc na piwo, czy pociągu, który mogłabym przegapić z powodu niespodziewanej wycieczki po pubach. Nie mając nic lepszego do roboty, usiadłam w najbliższym pubie z książką na stole i zimnym piwem w ręce. Gotowa na rozpoczęcie mojej ulubionej od zawsze czynności, obserwowaniem ludzi i mijającego czasu.

Para w dalekim, prawym kącie na pewno jest na pierwszej randce i próbuje wywrzeć nieskazitelne wrażenie na sobie, sprawdzając w telefonicznym aparacie wygląd, kiedy tylko druga połowa uda się do łazienki. Facet przy sąsiednim stole robi to samo co ja, udaje, ze czyta i co chwile sprawdza telefon… Poniewaz miejska kakofonia nigdy nie pozwoli Ci się skupić i tak po prostu odpłynąć do fikcyjnego świata slow.

Czym sie to rozni na Malcie? Hmm… Tutaj nigdy nie jest się po prostu ‘obcym’. Najprawdopodobniej wpadniesz na osobę, obok której siedzisz, następnego dnia na ulicy, albo podczas nocnej eskapady w barze. Nie wspominając o tym, że siedzenie samemu i obserwowanie ludzi, zaowocuje przydomkiem dziwaka. W szczegolnosci, jezeli, jak ja, masz w zwyczaju siedziec w tej samej kawiarnii kazdego dnia, najlepiej w tym samym, ulubionym miejscu.

Nie mniej jednak, w jakiś dziwny sposób, jest pewna satysfakcja i komfort w widywaniu powtarzających się twarzy. Częste wpadanie na te same osoby, które znasz, z czasem moze sie stac nieznośne. Zdecydowanie tez, moze dojsc na liste rzeczy, ktore mnie najbardziej zaskoczyły na Malcie. Jednak, stwarza to jakaś dziwna sieć bezpieczeństwa i niespodziewana głośno umowę, która zobowiązuje do pilnowania siebie nawzajem.

Pewnie sobie wyobrażasz, że często te sytuacje są po prostu niezręczne. Możesz je lubić, czy też nie, ale one i tak się wydarza. Aczkolwiek, jeśli jest jedna rzecz, której się nauczyłam po trzech miesiącach na Malcie, to że ze wszystkim mozna sobie poradzic z odrobina humoru i magiczna możliwością do zapominania. Wpadniecie na byłego tudzież największego wroga? Nie ma problemu, pojdz na drinka i zapomnij.

To na tyle, Londynie. Teraz, czas żebym wykombinowała jak tu oddać się mojej ulubionej czynności w świetle dziennym na Malcie. I nie skończyć z plakietka prześladowcy na Facebooku.

Megan