Malta

Familija Maltija (Maltese Family)

Imagine a beautiful limestone house with charming red doors and shutters about to be open to let in the morning sun and the smell of freshly baked bread.

As you’re walking in, there are loud noises coming from the kitchen and you cannot wait to taste the coffee and enjoy this blissful moment.

Stop! What you are going to embark on is not a Hollywood adaptation of a Tuscan lifestyle but a reality. Move away from that picture and join me in the kitchen with a family the size of a football team and voices trying to overpower each other.

Because, one thing I didn’t tell you last time was that both my partner and I were staying at his family home, and yes, the family came with it as an extra. Now, we need to zoom the camera away from Tuscany, and onto Malta!

I met my partner’s family on few occasions and had already stayed at their house previously, so it didn’t look like a big deal to live with them for a couple of weeks. Five weeks down the line and I seem to be changing my opinion.

To put you into the picture, I come from a small family, where you only get to see your relatives at Christmas….and funerals. On top of that, you have to make sure you give them long enough notice so they’re prepared to see you and can bring out on display out all the crappy presents you gave them.

Before moving to Malta, I had prepared myself mentally for loud dinners, a lot of hand gestures while talking and facial expressions that can mean more than words. Yet, there were things about happen that would still take me by surprise. All of a sudden, I jumped into the turmoil of Mediterranean family affairs, people knocking on your doors unexpectedly and… after-dinner conversations about bowel movements, to put in the most polite way!

So, what else was waiting for me?

What struck me the most were the unexpected visits, especially on weekend mornings. Being a lazy 20-something (millennial!), I do not like getting up from my warm bed before 10 am on Saturdays.

So you can imagine my consternation when one morning I opened the door for a cousin of a cousin who casually popped for a cuppa. I was a hangover hot mess, trying to do a small talk with a stranger who greeted me with two kisses. Lesson learned: now I just pretend I’m asleep or not at home.

Another thing was Fenkata, a traditional Maltese dinner, where a rabbit is consumed in large quantities. Being an introvert, I try to avoid large gatherings like a plague, but I’m also too polite to decline the invitation. So, I went along.

Large dinners are already quite a feat to organise, however, try doing it with 20 Maltese friends who haven’t seen each other for years and you would be amazed. You will not be able to say a word without shouting and trying to have a conversation will seriously exercise your hearing. Nevertheless, a bottle of wine later, I had nothing to lose, I joined the buzz and for the first time, I actually enjoyed a large dinner.

Am I coming across as a nagging outsider who’s complaining about this new experience? If so, I must be giving the wrong impression! As much as it’s all new and terrifying to me, the Maltese surely know how to break the barriers and have fun (at the end of the day, every excuse is a good excuse to share a drink with friends).

Till the next time,
Megan

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Familija Maltija (Rodzina Maltańska)

Wyobraź sobie czarujący dom, zbudowany z kamienia wapiennego, z małymi, czerwonymi, drzwiami i okiennicami, ktore tylko czekaja na to, żeby je otworzyć i wpuścić poranne słońce, otulone zapachem świeżo upieczonego chleba.

Podczas, kiedy wchodzisz do domu, słyszysz głosy dochodzące z kuchni i nie możesz się doczekać, żeby skosztować porannej kawy i cieszyc sie tym spokojnym i ujmującym porankiem.

Stop! To co Cie za chwile spotka, to nie Hollywoodzka adaptacja Pod Sloncem Toskanii, ale rzeczywistosc. Zapomnij o tym i dołącz do mnie w kuchnii, z rodzina o rozmiarze drużyny piłkarskiej i przekrzykujących sie głosach.

Jedna z rzeczy, o której nie wspomniałam poprzednim razem, to że oboje z moim partnerem postanowiliśmy na początku zamieszkać w jego rodzinnym domu. Niestety, rodzina została dołączona gratis. OK, czas zmienić ujęcie z Toskanii, na Maltę!

Rodzinę mojego partnera spotkałam wielokrotnie, więc wydawało się, że zamieszkiwanie z nimi przez pewien okres nie bedzie problem. Pięć tygodni później, i zmieniłam zdanie.

Żebyście mogli lepiej zrozumiec moja sytuacje i punkt widzenia, pochodze z malej rodziny, w której widuje sie swoja rodzine tylko podczas Świąt i pogrzebów, malo tego, nalezy sie zapowiedziec na długo wczesnie, zeby byli na to psychicznie przygotowani, i mieli czas na wyciągnięcie wszystkich bezużytecznych prezentów, które im wręczono.

Przed przeprowadzka na Malte, bylam przygotowana na glosne kolacje, dzika gestykulacje rekoma i mimikę, która potrafi wyrazić więcej niż słowa. Mimo wszystko, nadal czekały na mnie wydarzenia pełne niespodzianek. Nagle, wpadłam w chaos Śródziemnomorskiego trybu życia, ludzi pukających do drzwi bez zapowiedzenia i…. Rozmów o wydalaniu i ruchach jelit, mówiąc taktownie.

Co jeszcze na mnie czekało?

To, co zdziwiło mnie najbardziej, to niezapowiedziane wizyty o poranku. Będąc typowa, leniwa 20-latka (Pokolenie Millennial!), nie lubię wstawać z mojego wygodne łóżka przed 10 rano w soboty.

Możecie sobie wyobrazić moje zdziwienie, kiedy pewnego poranka otworzyłam drzwi, i przede mna stal ktoś na rodzaj kuzyna wujka, który tak po prostu wpadl na herbate. Będąc w kompletnym bałaganie, na kacu, musialam sie zaangazowac w nudna konwersacje z kimś, kto przywitał mnie dwoma buziakami w policzek. Teraz juz wiem, ze lepiej udawac, ze sie śpi, albo ze sie jest nieobecnym w domu.

Kolejna rzecza, ktora mnie zaskoczyła, była Fenkata, tradycyjna Maltańska kolacja, podczas której konsumuje się duże ilości królika. Będąc introwertykiem, staram się unikać dużych, w szczególności rodzinnych, spotkań jak ognia, ale jestem też za uprzejma, żeby odmówić. W takim wypadku, zdecydowalam sie, zeby pojsc.

Duże spotkania są dość trudne do zorganizowania, wiec mozesz sobie wyobrazic, jak to wygląda, kiedy 20 Maltańskich przyjaciół spotyka się pierwszy raz po kilku latach. Gwarantuje Ci, że niemożliwym będzie powiedzenie chociażby jednego słowa bez krzyku, a próba prowadzenia rozmowy kończy się poważnym wysiłkiem dla Twoich uszu. Nie mniej jednak, butelkę wina później, nie mając nic do stracenia, dołączyłam do tego gwaru i po raz pierwszy duże spotkanie sprawiło mi przyjemność.

Czy wydaje Ci się, że zachowuje się jak cyniczny outsider, który tylko narzeka na nowe doświadczenia? Jeżeli tak, to muszę sprawiać złe wrażenie! O ile to wszystko jest dla mnie nieznane i przerażające, Maltańczycy z pewnoscia wiedza, jak przełamać bariery i dobrze się bawić (w koncu, kazda okazja jest dobra okazja do wypicia kilku drinków ze znajomymi).

Do następnego razu,
Megan

Job of the Week

Development Manager

The ClientOur client, a leading online company based in Malta is looking for a Development Manager to join their team.Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading a development team consists of Team Leads, Frontend Developer and QAs.
  • Responsible for processes, organization and taking ownership of the competence – and resource planning for your teams.
  • Building and developing the agile organization.
  • Working closely to our product owners and stakeholders to create the best performance, functionality and user experience in the industry
  • Ensure that the teams at all times have the relevant skills to be able to meet their challenges and deliver as fast as possible with quality built-in.

Requirements

  • Experience from working in fast growing technical organizations, preferably online
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing development teams
  • Technical background, but have taken the step into more of a leader role
  • Strong understanding of software development lifecycle and development methodologies
  • Ability to build relationships, collaborate with and influence cross-functional teams across the organization
  • Resourceful, flexible, and open to new ways of thinking, with the ability to drive change
  • Love for agile and experience in working in agile environment

If you’d like to apply for this role, please send your CV in MS Word format (your name in the file name) toCarmen at [email protected]. Should you require further information, please call on +356 2099 444

Jobs in Financial Services – The Reality

by Cyril Chanson

Advertising many positions on the web, I realised the significance of financial job offers. Wanting to further my knowledges I researched it and you could find my research below. I hope it would be useful.

 

What are “Financial Services”?

First of all, before digging into the topic, I thought that it is relevant to explain what financial services means. In fact, this term gathers all services offered to consumers and companies from a broad range of organizations such as insurance companies, banks, investment companies. The proposed services include corporate services, financial planning opportunities and money management, as well as providing information.

The financial services has several functions such as enabling exchange of goods and services in the economy, mobilizing savings and transforming risk, just to mention a few purposes.

Malta, thanks to its location in the Mediterranean, is an interesting place for doing business. It became more fruitful since the country became an EU member and has enjoyed the benefits from this market.

 

How has the financial industry in Malta changed since joining the EU?

Since Malta became an EU member in 2004, Malta has accelerated its growth in all sectors of its financial services industry. Malta’s legal and regulatory framework met EU standards in 2004 which encouraged financial advisors to invest in a strong economy and framework. A few years later Malta adopted the Euro in 2008 and this step has made the financial services sector grow much faster.

The introduction of passporting rights has provided companies the chance to establish branches on the island, and thus many opportunities have opened up between Malta and the EU. In these days, the financial industry benefits from the EU international market of over 500 Million people and 28 countries.

Malta has set an objective to become the European financial centre and has achieved a lot towards that goal.

 

What has helped the financial market to flourish?

I was wondering how Malta could be so attractive to foreigners’ investors. After some research and questions I was able to highlight several assets. Malta owns a stable macroeconomic environment in which every streetlight are in the green. The current legal situation remains to be focused on attracting investors by the government and the status-quo is maintained. Malta is viewed as a safe country and stable one, which make the country interesting when a CEO is looking to it. The politic system is predictable and extremist parties do not have a place in it. For a financial perspective, the investors like nothing more than predictability continuity, which can be fully offered by Malta.

In January 2015 the minimum wage set up at 720 euro per month which corresponds to 50% of original EU 12 states.

The booming of Malta’s financial centre has happened due to its pro-business attitude, excellent regulation and competitive cost of doing business. The successive Maltese governments have gone about concluding double taxation treaties with 70 countries. This policy encourages trade not only with important trading partners but also with emerging countries.

The location of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea helps the island benefit from the Islamic finance as it has stronger links with North African countries such as Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Financial companies from these countries who locate their subsidiary in Malta benefit from the EU market and an attractive and efficient tax structures.

Indeed Malta’s labour costs are comparative to the newer EU member states and lower than other established members of EU. Malta labour costs offer greater value for money than two thirds of those in the Western European countries.

 

What are the consequences on the labour market?

At a glance, the financial service market contributes to GDP up to 13% with more than 10,000 employees. In Malta, the GDP has being increasing at over 3% per annum compared to the EU average of 1.3%.

This growth is not predicted to decrease due to positive actions by the government to encourage the sector to prosper. For instance, the annual expansion of Malta’s financial sector stands at 25% meaning many new positions are appearing into the work market.

Furthermore, ranked the third lowest unemployment rate of the EU with 5.1% -behind Germany and the Czech Republic- Maltese workplace is highly active. For a decade, focus has been made by the government on the academic front. More than 60% of Maltese students are going to further education, although it is an English speaking nation, people are also trained to different professional such as Italian, Arabic, Spanish or French.

With a low unemployment rate, companies and especially HR firms are faced with the shortage of candidates; they have to find highly qualified people to fit their positions. In fact, integrating the EU has facilitated the mobility of EU workers; employers now have access to a much larger pool of workers than before. Actually, to attract further foreign talent Government offers 15% off on flat tax rate to highly qualified persons into key positions within those industries.

 

Why are professional HR firms better placed at handling this growth?

I interviewed Simon Casolini Operations and Recruitment Manager for Quad Consultancy’s Malta branch  in order to further my knowledge about the move appearing in the Financial Service field.

In fact the work market is currently changing, the global rapid growth from the EU’s companies in the Financial Sector in Malta has created a lot of new positions but the pool of candidates isn’t big enough.

 

Outcomes from my interview

First of all, the sector has seen much more movements than previously, many new positions have emerged and wages have been incressing steadily for the last 3 years. Indeed, applicants are in a stronger position nowadays than they were in the past.

At the same time, the requirements, including experiences and qualifications has been going down due to the scarcity of talent. For example, where companies previously sought candidates with a specific degree and 5 years’ experience, they are now seeking people with a related degree and 3 years’ experience. Companies are reducing their requirements due to a lack of employees.

By reducing requirements, moves have been observed in terms of certifications related to the financial service. In this field, background in banking, accountancy as well as financial compliance is needed by companies without degree; certifications in those fields would be of advantage for candidates.

A good candidate with a moderate experience has now several advantages that applicants had not before. The wages have been going up and applicants have more opportunities within several companies.

Nowadays, employees are exposed to more duties and areas of competence compared to the past when they spent much more time focused on functions in one or two areas. Therefore, they are increasing their employability skills and general responsibilites.

This new trend is interrelated with the growing of Head-hunting. Moving people has become an issue especially because the market is small and people physically know each other and companies provided services.

It is at this stage that the professional Consultant comes into the process. By “professional Consultant”, I mean HR professionals who are able to fit position on behalf of companies. The professional Consultant has various assets such as a great database of candidates which can serve the demand effectively and professionals who are very well connected. Using a reputable HR firms allows companies to save time and money, such as advertising expenses and CV screening.

As the professional Consultant, having a very strong network of valid candidates, knowledge of their background and professional expectations is a great benefit. HR firms are able to offer an efficient and effective way of helping the client to find perfect fit, and providing their manpower needs.

They make sure the candidate understands what the company is looking for, going deeper than just the job description, giving them the background required about the company and ensuring that they have the right cultural fit. Therefore candidates are better prepared, and both of candidates and clients are reducing the risk.

Malta and my first impressions / Malte et mes premières impressions

by Cyril Chanson

I have chosen in this article to focus on several aspects of Malta, I will then share my first impressions from when I arrived on the island.

The population of Malta is approximately 430 000 people. This can increase to one and a half million due to tourism. The island is located in the centre of the Mediterranean, at the crossroad between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Malta gained independent from the UK in 1964, while keeping English as one of their national languages together with Maltese.

Let us talk about Malta’s weather … To be candid; Malta looks like a splendid island! If you are unlucky you might see rain, but it is quite scarce. The island benefits from a subtropical-Mediterranean climate: this means a hot and humid summer and a relatively mild winter – you may like to know that in the middle of November it is around 23 degrees during the day.

Regarding to the cost of living in Malta, it is quite good. On one hand the island is a member of the Eurozone, so this avoids the exchange costs. On the other hand, the cost of living is approximately 20% lower than in France. It is not so hard to eat lunch with less than 5e in cafes – Pastizzerias are mostly found at every corner. You also have the possibility to go out for lunch, and enjoy a good pizza for less than 10e, while overlooking the sea like at Piccolo Padre in St Julian’s.

What can I say about the Malta public transport?

Obviously, it is horrendous! Even if it has been updated a few years ago to reach customer expectations, there are a number of buses which do not pass… The only one advice I can give you is to be patient!

I arrived in my host family with a Ferrari’s driver, I’m kidding, and just a taxi who thought that he was professional driver! Remember that they drive on the left side of the road, it had surprised me a bit and I wasn’t reassured, hopefully they know their roads.

At midnight on September 13th, speaking to my host mother allowed me to discover that she is a teacher! So I was pleased to learn that I could buff up on my English, even at home. It was with a soothing mind that I went to sleep, raring to meet the other students the next day!

The one thing which surprised me was the price of water! All I had to do back home is turning on the tap and drink, but not here – it is to wonder if alcohol is cheaper than water.

The next morning on September 14th, I met my housemates, with who I was going to go to EF school, coming from overseas; Japan, China and Italy. EF is one of the biggest language schools in Malta and has its own Beach club. As soon as we entered, I was pleasantly surprised about the diversity of the students. The first discussions which we had between ourselves were relatively hilarious! Most of us were not very skilled in English which is exactly why we came here. After school all students went to party for an amazing night in Paceville.

Paceville for people who don’t know yet is the most well-known place to party in Malta through several bars, which offer cheap alcohol such as a pitcher at 5e, 60 shots for 22e and better still 2 drinks for less than 3e. One of the greatest things here is that you can find different ambiance according to your wishes; from Fuego’s with its free salsa lessons to nightclubs such as Hugo’s. Indeed Paceville allows people to meet each other for a good time.

Malte et mes premières impressions

J’ai choisi de développer dans cet article les raisons de choisir Malte comme destination et ainsi que d’évoquer mes premières impressions en arrivant cette île.

Malta est une île de 450 000 habitants allant jusqu’à plusieurs millions dans les périodes touristiques, se situant à la croisée des chemins entre l’Occident et le Maghreb et l’Orient. Malte est devenu indépendant de l’Angleterre en 1964, tout en gardant l’anglais comme langue nationale avec le maltais.

Parlons un peu du climat à Malte… Pour ne rien vous cacher on se croirait sur une ile paradisiaque ! Très peu de pluie, sous un climat méditerranéen- subtropical: un été chaud et un hiver relativement doux (actuellement 23 degrés au milieu du mois de novembre).

Le coût de la vie à Malte est relativement intéressant, d’une part l’ile appartient à la zone euro et évite ainsi les frais de change. D’autre part, le cout de la vie est environ 20% moins élevé qu’en France, il n’est pas rare de déjeuner pour moins de 5€ grâce aux pastizzerias que l’on peut trouver à chaque coin de rue.

Seule surprise : le prix de l’eau ! Car ici – contrairement à la France- l’eau n’est pas potable à proprement parler. Il faut donc acheter ses propres bouteilles d’eau et cela revient presque plus cher que l’alcool !

Que pouvons-nous dire sur la qualité des transports en commun ; honnêtement pas terrible ! Bien que le réseau de transport ait été modifié il y a deux ans de cela afin de répondre aux attentes, on ne compte plus le nombre de bus qui ne passent pas à l’heure prévue… le mieux est de s’armer de patience !

Arrivé à malte mi-septembre, ma première surprise a été avec le conducteur de taxi. En effet, ce dernier, s’est cru au volant une Ferrari, je vous rappelle qu’ils roulent à le cote gauche, je vous laisse imaginer les petites frayeurs que j’ai pu avoir !

C’est à minuit, après ce rallye que j’arrivai dans ma nouvelle famille, en discutant avec la mère de ma famille d’accueil je découvris qu’elle est professeur d’anglais, quoi de mieux pour apprendre l’anglais chez un professeur de langues ! C’est l’esprit apaisé que je pars me coucher en songeant avec impatience à la journée du lendemain : découvrir l’école et ses étudiants.

Au réveil je fis connaissance de mes colocataires venant des quatre coins du monde : un Italien, un Chinois et un Japonais. Et, C’est parti pour une nouvelle aventure !

L’école EF possède son propre Beach Club dans lequel on y a été conviés pour la journée d’information ; c’est à cette occasion que l’on a pu observer la diversité des étudiants. Les premières discussions étaient relativement désopilantes ! Et oui parler anglais n’était pas naturel pour nous. La journée se passa plus rapidement qu’il n’en faut pour le dire et se finit dans les bars a l’occasion d’une soirée d’intégration mémorable.

Ha j’oubliais ! Les sorties à Paceville ne sont pas chères ; il n’est pas rare de trouver des pichets à 5€, 60shots à 22€ ou encore 2 verres à moins de 3€. Chaque bar possède sa propre ambiance, du bar latino avec des cours de Salsa au Fuego’s jusqu’à la boite de nuit du Havana, tout en passant par les bars-club du Hugo’s ou Soho.

Quad Malta’s Recruitment & Operations Manager Interviewed By The Malta Business Review

This is an interview with Simon Casolani, Quad Malta’s Recruitment & Operations Manager with the Malta Business Review – one of Malta’s leading business magazines.

MBR_pg12What are the Benefits of using a professional HR Consultancy Firm?

The obvious benefits are time, cost and expertise. We help businesses maximise efficiency by reaching their goals in the shortest time possible.

Let’s take Recruitment – which is my area of responsibility – as an example. Thanks to our networks and expertise, businesses benefit from the opportunity to recruit people who would have otherwise never have got in touch with them. They save time and money as they’re not handling the lengthy process of advertising, sourcing, acknowledging, filtering, and screening. Above all, they do enjoy the benefit of having senior qualified professionals handling such a crucial area of the businesses. After all, a company is as good as its people.

Why should businesses seek your help when they can just advertise the vacancies themselves?

Both the quality and the quantity of candidates coming through print adverts have decreased considerably over the past few years.

In such a small business community like ours, a lot of good candidates are generally reluctant to apply directly; so they tend to go for an option which gives them the opportunity to be presented by a professional consultant. This also releases the HR department from a number of time and energy consuming tasks like acknowledging the receipt of CVs (most of which will be irrelevant), scheduling interviews, and giving feedback to candidates.

You also get the added benefit of a neutral point of view: a fresh pair of eyes. We only have the client’s best interest at heart. Before sending Cvs to clients, we ensure that every candidate has been screened in order to filter out the ill-fitting applicants. Only the best-suited candidates are sent to clients.

Why should candidates choose to be represented by you?

Due to our experience, we read CVs differently to an untrained eye. There have been many cases where candidates’ particular experiences or skills were not properly explained or highlighted in their CVs. In these cases, we speak to the candidates in order to decide whether they do satisfy the client’s requirements or not.

After we screen the CVs, we only invite those candidates who stand a really good chance of being offered the job. So candidates don’t have to waste time and energy (even making use of their vacation leave) going to interviews only to experience the disappointment of being turned down.

We maintain ongoing communications with the client’s hiring manager, and this enables us to better identify the candidates who come closer to their requirements.

What do your clients and candidates have to say about you?

We get a lot of positive feedback from our clients – so much so that most of them recommend us to their friends and family.

As a Boutique Consultancy firm with minimal staff turnover, we are able to provide both clients and candidates with a personalised service whereby they’re treated as individuals. Many candidates also feel very comfortable to send us their CV knowing that a few people – who are mature professionals – will be privy to such confidential information.

Both clients and candidates seem to appreciate the fact that we approach recruitment from an HR perspective – rather than a sales approach. In fact, while our competitors invest heavily in sales training for their employees, we receive training in employment law and other areas that help us provide a professional and informed advice both to employers and candidates.

In most cases, our relationship with clients has developed into a partnership (in some cases even a friendship where clients confide in us even on personal matters) rather than just a service provider.

Our consultants work as a close team – and it shows. We all share information and advice for the clients’ and candidates’ (therefore our team’s) benefit.

Why move abroad? / Partir à l’étranger, qui n’en a jamais rêvé ?

by Cyril Chanson

Living abroad, who has never dreamt about it?

This article constitutes the first story about my adventures in Malta and within Quad Consultancy. I will delve into the reasons that made me come here. I will speak about my adventures in order to share my feeling, my experiences, and also give some advice. Each article will cover one specific topic and you will, I hope, be able to have a vision of Malta through my experiences.

Leaving family, friends and lifestyle can seem difficult at first view, but there is nothing better then maturing and learning about new cultures! Going abroad is not new for me.

7 years ago, I was in one of the most beautiful countries in the world in my mind: Canada and its capital,Toronto. I lived 9 wonderful weeks with a lovely host family. I had the chance to discover and learn the Canadian culture which I recommend to all of you, without forgetting the show offered by Ice-Hockey games. At 14 years old I acquired a taste for adventure and learning the tricks of Shakespeare’s language.

During the last few years, being busy with my education, I hadn’t the opportunity to retry this experience, except some trips to countries close to mine.

The last months of my training at University have been the most decisive for my future. To validate my degree, I needed to complete an internship that I did in the Human Resources Department of one of the biggest French banks. I love to learn how companies are running, especially from the human perspective. Due to this internship, I learnt a lot and I particularly appreciated this experience, thus uncovering many facets of management.

One of my many tasks was to preselect applicants. It was at this moment that I realised the power of English to have an executive position. Seeing that almost 80% of applicants apply with an English résumé and mention that they have a certificate of advanced English, I became aware of the need to master this language.

This was why I decided to learn and study abroad in order to prepare for my career. If you dream of an executive position you should know that English is one of the most important keys.

After the decision to leave my country, I now had to decide where to go and where I was going to get the money from !

There are many English centres all over the world which propose courses of your wishes, your constraints and your English level, no matter how your English level is, as a beginner or an advanced speaker. All destinations are dreamy and the most difficult is to find only one! … But don’t worry, many schools allow you to choose an individual course which gives you the opportunity to discover many countries. Do not forget that languages’ school require attendance and work .

Then, depend on your preference you are free to choose a country with wonderful weather… or not! . In my case, I chose to trust EF School Malta; I will dig deeper in a later section. In only two weeks, everything I needed was done and I arrived in Malta on September 13th.

As soon as I left the airport, my first surprise was the discovery of crazy drivers. Next to them, Paris’ drivers drive safely!

I invite you to keep following my writings about about my first impressions of Malta on this website’s blog .

 

Partir à l’étranger, qui n’en a jamais rêvé ?

Cet article constitue le premier volet de mes aventures à Malte et au sein de Quad Consultancy. Je vais m’attarder sur les raisons qui m’ont fait arriver là. Je tâcherais de vous raconter mes aventures afin de vous faire partager mes impressions, mes expériences, et surtout mes modestes conseils. Chaque article traitera en effet d’un élément particulier et vous permettra, je l’espère, de vous faire une vision de Malte à travers mon expérience.

Quitter sa famille, ses amis et son quotidien peut sembler difficile à première vue, mais il n’y a rien de mieux pour mûrir que d’apprendre de nouvelles cultures ! Partir à l’aventure n’est pas nouveau pour moi.

Il y a déjà 7 ans de cela, je suis parti dans l’un des plus beaux pays du monde à mes yeux : le Canada et sa capital Toronto. J’ai ainsi vécu 9 semaines inoubliables dans une famille d’accueil qui l’est tout autant. J’ai eu la chance de découvrir et d’apprécier la culture canadienne que je recommande à tous, sans oublier le spectacle offert par les matchs de hockey sur glace. C’est à 14 ans que j’ai pris goût à l’aventure tout en apprenant les ficelles de la langue de Shakespeare.

Durant les années suivantes, étant pris par mes études, je n’avais pas eu l’opportunité de réitérer l’expérience en dehors de quelques voyages au sein des pays frontaliers.

Les derniers mois de ma formation à l’IAE ont été les plus décisifs pour mon avenir. Afin de valider mon premier cycle d’étude, il m’a été nécessaire de réaliser un stage que j’ai effectué à la Direction des Ressources Humaines d’une grande banque française. Etant attiré par la façon dont les entreprises sont gérées d’un point de vue humain, j’ai particulièrement apprécié et beaucoup appris de cette expérience, découvrant ainsi de nombreuses facettes de la gestion.

L’une des missions qui m’a été confiée et qui a déterminé mon avenir a été la présélection des candidats, c’est à cet instant que je me suis rendu compte de l’importance de l’anglais dans le milieu professionnel. Observant qu’environ 80% des candidats postulent avec un CV en anglais et dans lequel est souvent mentionné un certificat de niveau d’anglais avancé, j’ai pris conscience de la nécessité de maîtriser cette langue.

Ceci a été l’élément déclencheur et le pourquoi j’ai décidé de partir à l’étranger pendant cette année afin de préparer le début de mon parcours professionnel. Si vous vous destinez à occuper un poste important il vous sera nécessaire de le maîtriser pour ne pas manquer une opportunité !

La décision étant prise il ne me restait plus qu’à trouver la destination … Et le financement cela dit en passant ! 🙂

De nombreuses écoles de langues proposent des cours en fonction de vos souhaits et vos contraintes, et surtout en fonction de votre niveau, que vous soyez débutant ou ayez un niveau avancé. Les destinations font rêver et le plus difficile reste d’en choisir une ! …Mais rassurez-vous, de nombreuses écoles préparent des séjours personnalisés où vous aurez la chance de parcourir différents pays. Il ne faut pas oublier que ce sont des écoles qui requièrent de l’assiduité et du travail.

Après, suivant vos préférences vous êtes libre de choisir un pays avec un climat plus ou moins chaleureux et des cultures différentes. Pour ma part, j’ai choisi de partir avec EF à Malte, Sujet que je détaillerai dans un article ultérieur. En deux semaines, tout a été réglé et c’est le 13 Septembre 2015 que j’ai décollé pour l’étranger.

A peine sortie de l’aéroport, ma première surprise fût la découverte de conducteurs fous du volant, à côté d’eux, la conduite parisienne est prudente!

Je vous invite à retrouver l’article suivant sur mes premières impressions de Malte dans l’onglet Blog du site QuadConsultancy.

Ancora Barby

by Barbara Mazzarelli

Ciao a tutti!

Ecco il secondo post dell’Angolo di Barby.

In questi giorni molte persone mi hanno contattato in merito a informazioni sulle posizioni lavorative disponibili, il livello di inglese necessario, i quartieri dove sono localizzate le aziende.

Ho deciso quindi di scrivere al riguardo per dare risposte più soddisfacenti a tutti gli interessati.

Il livello di inglese richiesto

Punto focale per trovare lavoro a Malta è la conoscenza dell’inglese.

Se mirate a lavorare come dipendenti per aziende, è necessario possedere un livello di inglese fluente (C1 – C2) ,o almeno un livello upper-intermediate (B2).

Questo significa essere in grado di sostenere una conversazione con una persona madrelingua; capire le domande poste, per esempio, in sede di colloquio di lavoro; essere a proprio agio nel rispondere al telefono; scrivere email senza errori grammaticali.

Quindi, sono richieste non solo capacità comunicative, ma anche un ottimo livello di scrittura.

Non rilevante, invece, possedere un inglese “con accento”: sarà considerato di poca importanza.

Un suggerimento: siate obiettivi nel riportare il vostro livello di inglese sul curriculum, verrà in ogni caso verificato in sede di colloquio. La sincerità prima di tutto!
Considerate, inoltre, che i maltesi in media padroneggiano ad alti livelli ben tre lingue: inglese, maltese e italiano (questo perché guardano i nostri canali televisivi). Tuttavia, l’inglese è la lingua veicolare, quindi imprescindibile.

Anzi, a dirla tutta, noi in quanto “stranieri” siamo a volte svantaggiati: per molte posizioni di lavoro la conoscenza della lingua maltese è obbligatoria, poiché utilizzata tra colleghi in momenti di informalità.
Ovviamente, tutto dipende dalla posizione a cui si aspira, e dalle vostre intenzioni una volta arrivati sull’isola: se siete interessati ad aprire una nuova attività, come un ristorante o un negozio, allora possedere un inglese fluente non sarà così indispensabile. Lo stesso discorso se siete dei ragazzi che puntano a un lavoro stagionale estivo.

Tuttavia, se mirate a essere assunti come dipendenti presso delle aziende, questo aspetto è assolutamente da considerare!
Se siete indecisi su come valutare il vostro livello di inglese, potete dare un’occhiata a questa tabella.

Le posizioni lavorative più frequenti a Malta

Di seguito trovate i settori dove è presente una maggiore richiesta di lavoro:
– IT
– I-Gaming & Betting
– Legale & Finanziario
– Alberghiero
– Farmaceutico
– Marketing

I requisiti minimi, ovviamente, variano in base al tipo di posizione aperta. Ci sono aziende che privilegiano persone con più esperienza pratica, senza richiedere necessariamente una laurea; altre danno maggiore importanza al titolo di studio.

Le aziende sono situate su tutta l’isola, anche se si concentrano maggiormente in località come La Valletta, Sliema (settore legale e finanziario), Il-Gzira (I-Gaming), St. Julian e Mosta.

Per quanto riguarda l’alloggio, ci sono quartieri più economici, come Msida, Il-Gzira e Pietà; e altri più costosi, come Sliema, St.Julian, Swieqi, Madliena e La Valletta.

In generale, se siete studenti, o comunque interessati alla vita notturna dell’isola, i quartieri più popolari sono quelli attorno a Paceville (St.Julian, Swieqi). Se cercate un soggiorno tranquillo, è consigliabile prendere in considerazione aree distanti da Paceville.

…Nel prossimo post vi darò qualche consiglio per migliorare il livello di inglese, prendendo anche spunto dalla mia esperienza personale 🙂

Will You Be There?

If you plan to attend the Malta Job Fair between the 27th and the 29th November, do pay a visit to our stand and speak to the recruitment team.

As you can see from the advertised roles on this web page, we are currently recruiting for a number of positions in different industries, namely:

  • Financial Services
  • IT
  • Hospitality
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • iGaming
  • Media

We look forward to getting to seeing you at this event.