How To Be A Bad Boss Effectively

by Mark J Galea

In my (wait a minute. Pause. Stop. I’m 41….so shall I describe my life as long, longish, or short, or relatively short?) professional life, I came across a number of books, articles and papers advising people how to be good or become better managers.

Every single piece of literature under this category aims at converting The Evil Witch/Queen into a whiter-than-white Snow White. I guess, that this creates a gap in the market. So how about addressing those people who want to play the villains at work? Someone needs to acknowledge and address these poor souls, right?

For this reason, I decided to come up with the Bad Boss’s Manual. Political correctness dictates that ignored minorities (or are bad bosses in the majority?) be accepted and embraced. By writing this manual, I feel that not only will they feel embraced, but they will also enjoy a reference guide….a sort of a satanic bible 🙂

Out of respect for generations X, Y and Z who lack enough patience to read articles but have enough time to “invest” in social media, I hereby present you with some brief points to help you become an even worse boss. These are my tips:

1) Empathy is for wusses: You are employed to get a job done. You were given a team to help you achieve YOUR goals….and bonus at the end of the year. Tough luck if they don’t like your style. The door is always open for them to leave and for their substitutes to come through. “Shape up or ship out”: THAT should be your mantra.

2) Terrorise your subordinates: The more your underlings fear you, the more productive they are. This also comes with the added benefit that no one will dare badmouth you. Ever. Not in private. Not in public. Actually, they will praise you with others (both inside and outside the company), and make sure that you get to know they did so. What could possibly give you better gratification than your underlings’ praise? On the flipside, look at how the “kind bosses” get criticised and denigrated in public (both openly and behind their back). Idiots!

3) Divide and conquer: Make sure that you have – at the very least – two factions in your team. Play to their weaknesses and make sure that you can effectively manipulate the weak and insecure team members. In such a scenario, your people will be elbowing each other to curry favour with you. To be in your good books. And while you’re at it, do encourage your underlings to spy on each other and report back to you (1984 style). Reward these loyal servants accordingly. Who can deny that this is a scenario that any manager dreams of?

4) Do your best to lose their trust: If your team fears you already, mistrust is a great bonus! You will become unpredictable in their eyes and THAT’S the one thing they clearly want to avoid. The last thing you want is for your underlings to feel safe. Remember that safe = complacent.

5) Make it clear that you play the political game, and that you have your own agendas: Nothing will make your people feel more insecure and terrorised than the fear of being left out of your grand plan. Actually, they will fight each other out for the leading role of your scheme. They will happily volunteer to do the dirty work for you. They will fight each other to the death like gladiators to climb the beanstalk and steal the magic harp from the giant. Make them play the political game like a video game: kill the ogres to score points. The more they kill, the higher the score…….Which gives me an idea. How about actually creating a leaderboard? No one would want to be at the bottom of the table, right? Muwahhhaaaahaaaaahaa.

6) Badmouth your underlings with other team members AND other managers: If you want to make sure that your underlings will treat you like a deity, you must prevent them from trusting you. Gossip as much as you can….and while you’re at it, make sure to add some of your spice. Go on. Spill the beans. Let them suffer and beg for your kindness.

7) Make sure they don’t trust you: Remember that trust also leads to complacency. If you earn the reputation of bad mouthing people, no one would want to fall victim of your rants. And what’s the best way for them to prevent this? By working hard to be in your good books….and to stay there.

8) Be angry all the time: No one likes to deal with angry people, and this would keep your underlings off your back. Would they dare bothering you with their personal problems? Of course not! Would they come up with some lame excuse for failing in their tasks? Unthinkable. Better still, no one likes to cross an angry manager. Who would be stupid enough to volunteer to fall victim of your wrath? No one should be that stupid, right? And if someone is that stupid, then they shouldn’t be on your team. This is an extremely effective way of getting things done, and achieve your goals.

9) Bark orders at your underlings: Nicities are for softies. Ditch any flowery language and make good use of your voice to show your people that you’re the boss. When ordering them around, make sure to bark your orders thus ensuring that your team is badgered into submission.

10) Be as unfair as possible: Make it clear that you have your own pets. That some animals are more equal than the others. Fairness is for the weak. You must also make sure to be unfair when rewarding your loyal servants. Kick logic and common sense out of the window. Make them crave and work hard for your favours. Convince them to turn their bitter disappointments (when you decide not to give them their rewards) into an even bigger strife for your favours.

11) Avoid consistency at all costs: Consistency makes you predictable; and you don’t want that, do you? Make sure that your underlings are constantly guessing what you’re scheming and that they can never be in a position to predict how you’re going to act. Spice this up by doing things in a diametrically opposed way to what you preach. Avoid acting like this all the time though, otherwise, you’d become consistent. After all, the element of surprise will keep your team motivated to follow your orders to the letter. You also need to master the art of dishonouring promises. Do it tactfully, and you’ll be laughing.

12) Clarity is a weakness: If you want to keep your team under control, make sure that your orders, instructions, and communication are as vague and convoluted as possible. This will inevitably make your underlings come to you asking for direction thus strengthening your power and forging their dependence on you.

13) Denigrate and ridicule your team in public: Make sure that you ridicule different individuals at least once a day. Quash their dreams. Make them understand that they are not worthy…..and keep on reminding them that there IS a reason (or more than one) why YOU are THE manager, and THEY are your servants. THEY are a means to an end. YOUR end. You’ll be amazed by the results you will achieve.

14) Take and keep complete control: Team members are like characters in a video game. You are the player holding the controller. Make sure that you dictate every single step. Every single move. There should be no room for individualism and personal ideas. YOU are the manager and YOU know best. Their role is to do what you say. To follow your instructions. You have no other option but to micromanage your underlings. You’re the only one who knows how every single task has to be carried out  😉

15) You know best: How dare they come up with ideas? How dare they suggest something that’s different to your way of doing things? How dare they question your you?There’s no room for suggestions or any form of discussion. This is yet another reason why micromanagement is the name of the game. Surely IF they were THAT good, THEY’d be managers, right?

16) Make them work hard for you: You will not tolerate anyone who dares to turn up late. It is also unacceptable for you that anyone dares to leave on time. Any “reasons” which – let’s face it – in reality, are excuses should be rubbished straight away. Make it clear that you expect your team to be at work early and leave as late as possible. You shouldn’t be happy to meet deadlines. Impress your bosses by finishing tasks before agreed deadlines. Needless to say, it’s OK for you to leave before any of your underlings.

17) Take all the credit for your underlings’ performance: This is precisely the reason why you need to hold the game controller. How can you claim success if you don’t have complete control? Make sure that your own bosses, your peers and your underlings know that your team’s excellent performance is SOLELY down to your input. If the company ever gets to lose you, there will be no tomorrow! They might as well shut down when you walk out the door.

18) Fire an employee every month: This will definitely keep them on their toes! Fire someone for the stupidest (and most illogical) of reasons, and you will see the team’s productivity soar. Keep this going every month, and you will be unstoppable. And remember: unstoppable = untouchable 😉

19) Hire underachievers: The more unemployable (for others) job candidates are, the more attractive they are for you. You will be the only one who gave them a job after weeks, months or years of searching. They will be forever grateful and will never, ever think of disobeying your orders. Furthermore, not a single one of these underlings will ever even think of dethroning you to take your job.

20) Surround yourself with yesmen: You already have to deal fellow managers and your bosses. Unfortunately, they don’t always do as you say. So why should you allow your underlings to add to the grief and frustration? You are the boss and their sole function is to march to your orders. Make sure that they clearly understand their place in your kingdom. Oops! I mean….department.

I will now leave you with this parting shot: always keep in mind that your decisions are irrevocable and final because, without a shadow of any doubt, you are always unquestionably right!

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.


  • 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

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.

L’Inglese Di Barby

by Barbara Mazzarelli

Eccomi tornata con un nuovo post dell’angolo di Barby.

Come avevo anticipato, in questo blog darò qualche consiglio su come migliorare il livello di inglese.

In questi anni ho sperimentato un po’ tutti i modi per accrescere il mio inglese, rendendomi conto che, purtroppo, studiarlo in un contesto italiano non è sufficiente, poiché si migliora molto lentamente. È necessario quindi uscire dai confini italiani, viaggiare, fare nuove conoscenze ed esperienze.

Se si è ancora studenti, si può pensare a uno stage all’estero, considerando che in molte università è un percorso obbligatorio, quindi tanto vale sfruttarlo appieno. Ci sono molte aziende disponibili ad accogliere tirocinanti, in questo modo si può fare un’utile esperienza di lavoro in un ambiente internazionale. Ho fatto questa scelta io stessa l’anno scorso, lavorando tre mesi in Irlanda.

Un’altra possibilità è frequentare un corso di lingua disponibili. Sono organizzati dalle classi elementari, per chi è alle prime armi, fino agli avanzati, per chi desidera una conoscenza professionale. È una scelta abbastanza costosa, ma può essere considerata come un investimento. Anche una breve esperienza può aiutare molto: nel mio caso è stato così.

Due anni fa ho frequentato una scuola di inglese a Edimburgo, in Scozia. Era la mia esperienza all’estero, svolta completamente da sola, ed è stata un’ottima decisione: ho conosciuto persone di diverse nazionalità, evitando di stare solo con italiani. Sono stata ospitata da una host family locale, entrando in contatto con il loro modo di vivere. Anche se durata poche settimane, è stata un’utile esperienza che mi è servita soprattutto per superare l’imbarazzo iniziale, interagendo con ragazzi di diverse nazionalità, dai kazakistani ai brasiliani, condividendo esperienze e raccontando usanze del proprio paese. Con alcuni conservo ancora un rapporto d’amicizia grazie ai social, anche se siamo sparsi nel mondo!

Un’altra alternativa è cercare un lavoro stagionale estivo. È una scelta presa da tanti ragazzi per migliorare la lingua. A Malta ci sono moltissimi locali, bar, ristoranti, pizzerie che cercano costantemente nuovo personale, anche senza esperienza, per un lavoro serale. Solitamente, non è richiesta un’approfondita conoscenza dell’inglese per iniziare. L’ideale è lavorare in un contesto dove l’inglese è la lingua veicolare: stando in un ambiente interamente italiano e creando amicizie con compatrioti, si migliora veramente poco.

Altri consigli utili sono quelli di vedere film o programmi in lingua, per abituarsi al suono e al linguaggio: se inizialmente non ci si sente abbastanza confidenti, si possono usare i sottotitoli.

Inoltre, per implementare la conoscenza dei vocaboli, aiuta molto leggere. Se si reputa troppo complesso un libro intero, si può iniziare con dei testi un po’ più semplici: posso consigliare la serie Black Cat, che riassume i grandi classici della letteratura in modo più facile e breve, per sciogliere il ghiaccio con la prima lettura. A scuola avevo iniziato così, per poi gradualmente passare a libri più complessi.

Al prossimo appuntamento con l’angolo di Barby

L’Angolo Di Barby

by Barbara Mazzarelli

Ciao a tutti, sicuramente non mi conoscete mi chiamo Barbara ho ventisei anni e vengo dall’Italia, attualmente mi trovo a Malta per lavoro. Sto scrivendo questo blog perché vorrei condividere la mia esperienza con tutte quelle persone che vogliono lavorare all’estero.

Infatti, ho scelto Malta come destinazione perché volevo fare un’esperienza in un ambiente internazionale per migliorare il mio inglese, ora un requisito fondamentale nel mondo del lavoro soprattutto per noi giovani. Questo poiché permette di accedere a molte opportunità lavorative sia in Italia che all’estero.

Il primo contatto con la società l’ho avuto tramite posta elettronica e successivamente mi hanno fissato un colloquio via Skype. Dopo neppure una settimana, è arrivata la conferma da parte dell’azienda ed eccomi qua…

Adesso lavoro presso l’azienda Quad Consultancy, nel quartiere di Sliema, il cuore economico dell’isola . Si occupa di reclutamento di personale per grandi aziende, sia a livello locale che estero; inoltre fornisce servizi B to B, come consulenze legali, finanziarie, a chi ne fa richiesta. Nello specifico, gestisco la comunicazione online, attraverso le pagine Facebook, Google+ e LinkedIn; e allo stesso tempo cerco nuove strategie di marketing da applicare.
Sono qui da quasi un mese e posso condividere con voi le mie opinioni sulla vita nell’isola maltese.

Non è la mia prima esperienza di stage all’estero, poiché sono stata tre mesi in Irlanda per uno stage universitario lo scorso anno, oltre ad aver visitato il Regno Unito per piacere personale. Quindi posso fare un confronto con questi paesi, comuni tra gli italiani che intendono fare un’esperienza di lavoro.

Tra gli aspetti positivi di Malta, ci sono indubbiamente la posizione geografica, la presenza del mare, il clima sempre temperato, gli svaghi e il divertimento, la multiculturalità e, non per ultimo, l’essere una città economica rispetto ad altre località, come ad esempio Londra. Inoltre, la moneta corrente è l’euro, molto più versatile e familiare della cugina sterlina.
I mezzi pubblici a Malta son ben organizzati numerosi e presenti a quasi tutte le ore del giorno e ricoprono la maggior parte della città e della restante isola. I bus sono particolarmente economici: solo 1.20 € per un biglietto singolo e 1.50 € per un biglietto di validità giornaliera.

Un altro esempio è il traghetto che collega, ogni mezz’ora, il quartiere di Sliema con la capitale La Valletta: solo 2.80 € per un biglietto a/r, 10 € per dieci traversate. Inoltre, ci sono sconti speciali per studenti e residenti.

A Malta si possono trovare diverse etnie che convivono senza problemi, come italiani, inglesi, francesi, spagnoli, ma anche egiziani, libici e tunisini. Tutti I popoli sono perfettamente integrati nonostante le differenze religiose e culturali, tutti hanno un lavoro o una propria attività.

Per chi vuole godersi la vita notturna, il quartiere di Paceville è il posto ideale. È formato da una moltitudine di locali, discoteche, pub, dove è possibile consumare cocktails a poco prezzo. Nel quartiere c’è anche un multisala e un centro commerciale, che ospita l’Hard Rock Café. Paceville rappresenta il fulcro della vita notturna dell’isola, tanto da essere paragonato da molti al quartiere di Soho a Londra.

Ci sono ovviamente anche molte spiagge per gli amanti del mare, anche se in città ci sono prevalentemente scogli; ma il meglio si trova sia a nord che a sud dell’isola, con spiagge di sabbia e acqua cristallina.

Continuate a seguirmi e vi racconterò altro di quest’isola nel mezzo del Mediterraneo ma ricca di opportunità!

This Is How We’re Wired

by Mark J Galea

I have recently developed a new pet hate: electronic communication. Email and instant messaging communication seem to be steadily on the increase, and the more time passes, the more people seem to be resorting to these media rather than a simple phone call or face-to-face conversation.

Unfortunately, we have reached the tragic point where people sitting in the same room just send emails or IM each other. I see this as a means of dehumanising our behaviour while we concurrently transform ourselves into machines.

The issue I have with electronic communication is that it is limited. The lack of (voice) tonality often gives rise to conflicts which otherwise wouldn’t have arisen had the conversation been a verbal one. To make matters worse, a number of people have great difficulty to translate their thoughts into words. So, while a certain trail of thought is logical and has a particular flow while in their heads, it assumes a completely different structure when put in writing. If this happens in a verbal conversation, at least the listener can sense the discrepancy between the words being uttered and the non-verbal communication. Upon noticing this mismatch, the listener has the opportunity to check for understanding. But written communication, on the other hand, does not give the reader access to the other party’s non-verbals. Since non-verbals make up more than 80% of our communication, it is very clear to deduce why electronic channels run a huge risk of skewing the message completely.

Humans are a social animal. We are genetically programmed to live and interact within a group setting. So, logically, how can a communication channel that is devoid of direct interaction and non-verbal information ever be more efficient and effective as our natural way of doing things?

And we’re not done yet! We are also genetically programmed to err on the side of caution. This is a trait we still retain from our hunter days. It was a mechanism to keep us away from camouflaged and hiding predators. Do you doubt what I just wrote? Just think of how you react to even the faintest of sounds – especially when you’re alone in the dark. That is precisely our psychology at work: assume the worst so that you avoid taking risks.

“What does this have to do with the subject matter?” I hear you ask. Of course it does. Since caution is our default behaviour, we apply it to any situation where we feel threatened. If we receive a message which we deem to impact our safety and security, we automatically go into defend and attack mode. So upon reading a challenging question/comment we first get defensive by assuming that there’s a hidden agenda behind it, and then we go on the offensive. The method and style of offence very much depends on our personality.

So if verbal communication is crucial, how do you deal with those cases where keeping a record what was discussed is crucial? It’s easy. Just:

  1. have a verbal (or face-to-face) conversation
  2. then record it faithfully and fairly
  3. gain the other party’s approval of the record of your conversation

If you honestly think that this is hard work, think about the possible conflicts and misunderstandings (which in turn create frustration, energy drain, and severed relationships) you will be avoiding.

Still not convinced? Just think about the reason why we, as humans, prefer to receive bad news (like the ending of a relationship, or job opportunity rejection)l face-to-face rather than in writing. It must have something to do with being human, does it…..

Boylesports Moving To Gibraltar

Irish Independent sports betting operator Boylesports received the green light to move its remote operational office to Gibraltar.

The move to Gibraltar will see Boylesports consolidate its remote igaming and betting operations under the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. At the start of November Boylesport Founder John Boyle publicly announced that the operator had begun its migration process and the move would aid the operator as it targets business expansion for the UK market. Other firms, including Bet365, have announced their own plans to take up extra offices in Gibraltar to relocate their operational hubs in the British territory.