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Greetings!

Greetings!

I am Monika, originally from Lithuania, however I have been living abroad for 6 years now. To Malta I came from Bergamo, North of Italy where for two years I have been studying master’s in Clinical Psychology. And since I have decided to turn my career to organisational direction and I was very happy to get the Quad internship possibility. And here I am!

This is not my first time in Malta. I have visited the island 4 years ago with a friend of mine for 10 days. We were Couchsurfing, met a lot of people and went around Malta, visited Gozo as well. I returned absolutely obsessed with the country! I was telling everyone about Maltese people, wine, all the trips we took, adventures we had. However, when asked if I wanted to come back, I always said no. Simply because there are places I haven’t been.

How tables have turned!

Malta happened to be my 4th foreign country I have lived. After living in Italy and in Spain it is such a relief that it is an English speaking country with the benefits of the island. I was rather pleased to return to places I have been, see how it has changed and have the opportunity to gradually visit where I have not been like Marsaxlokk, Mallieha, Comino and hidden beauties around the island. It is interesting to see how Malta has expanded and that there are much more foreigners than in 2014.

For the first few days I was hosted by a Maltese guy who made me feel very welcomed and guided me through the essentials of living in Malta. I found a bunch of things that were very strange preferably called cultural differences. Firstly, it was the fact that I have sorted my life on Facebook. Via certain groups I found accommodation, part time job and any other relevant information. Also, I feel that Maltese people, on one hand, very kind and friendly but, on the other, rude and straightforward. They will be honking and cat calling women on the streets, suggesting going back to our countries when criticized but also, and what I really enjoy, they are relaxed and laid back, not stressed themselves and not stressing others. The island vibes are strong! What is more, they are very proud of their island but lack ecological thinking and are not taking care of it.

Later on, a couple of my friends visited me here and I had a pleasure to share what I found great about the island. We rented a car which made it much easier to go around because not all the places are easy to reach by public transport. So we could run away from tourists and were able to find awesome places to snorkel.

After first two months I have got the feeling that I do not want to go anywhere and I decided to stay longer. Due to that at the moment, since my internship is going to the end, there are a lot of things to figure out. It is scary but exciting.

Fortune favors the bold thus I am buzzing to see what future brings me.

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Linkėjimai!

Mano vardas Monika, esu iš Lietuvos, tačiau jau 6 metus gyvenu užsienyje. Į Maltą aš atvykau iš

Bergamo, Šiaurės Italijos, kur du metus studijavau klinikinės psichologijos magistrą. Ir kadangi nuspręndžiau savo karjerą pasukti organizacinės psichologijos keliu, aš buvau labia laimiga, gavusi galimybę atlikti praktiką su Quad. Štai aš čia!

Tai nėra mano pirmas kartas Maltoje. Saloje teko lankyis prieš 4 metus su drauge 10 dienų. Mes ‘couchsurfinome’, sutikome labai daug įdomių žmonių, pakeliavome aplink salą, taip pat nuvykome į Gozo. Po šių atostosgų grįžau visiškai įsimylėjusi šią šalį! Visiems pasakojau apie Maltiečius, mūsų keliones ir nuotykius. Taučiau paklausta, ar norėčiau sugrįžti, atsakydavau, kad ne. Paprasčiausiai dėl to, kad yra daug vietų, kuriuose nesu buvusi.

Kaip viskas pasikeitė!

Taigi, Malta yra ketvirtoji užsienio šalis, kurioje gyvenu. Pagyvenus Italijoje ir Ispanijoje, yra vienas malonumas būti anglakalbėje šalyje su salos privalumais. Džiaugiuosi galimybe aplankyti vietas, kuriose jau buvau, pamatyti, kaip viskas pasikeitė ir, kad yra daug daugiau užsieniečių, nei buvo 2014.

Pirmosiomis dienomis buvau apsistojus pas vietinį vaikiną, kuris mane labai maloniai sutiko ir supažindino su būtiniausiais dalykais, kuriuos reikia žinoti gyvenant Maltoje. Iš pirmo žvilgsnio, daug dalykų pasirodė labai keisti, ką geriau būtų vadinti kultūriniais skirtumais. Pirmiausia, tai buvo faktas, kad viską, ko man reikėjo, radau Facebook’e. Tam tikrų grupių pagalba radau vietą gyventi ir kitą reikalingą informaciją. Atrodo, kad maltiečiai yra labai malonūs ir draugiški, bet taip pat, nemandagūs ir tiesmuki. Jie signalizuos kelyje, švilps, pasiūlys grįžt namo, jei bus sukritikuoti, tačiau, kas man labai patinka, jų atsipalaidavimas, jų pačių streso vengimas ir kitų nestresavimas. Salos vaibai tikrai stiprūs! Pridėčiau, kad jie labai didžiuojasi savo žeme, bet ja nesirūpina ir labai trūksta ekologiškumo.

Bėgant laikui, pora mano draugų aplankė mane Maltoh ir turėjau malonumą pasidalinti puikiais dalykais, kurios radau šioj saloj. Mes išsinuomavom automobilį ir tai labai padėjo keliaujant aplink, nes kai kurios vietos nėra lengvai pasiekiamos viešuoju transportu. Mes galėjome pabėgti nuo turistų ir radom nuostabių vietų ‘pasnorkelinti’.

Po pirmų dviejų mėnesių pradėjau jausti, kad nenoriu niekur vykti ir nusprendžiau pasilinkti ilgiau. Dėl to dabar, kai mano praktika baigiasi, yra daug aspektų, kuriuos turiu išspręsti. Baisu, bet įdomu.

Sėkmė lydi drąsius dėl to nekantrauju pamatyti, kas bus toliau!

My first blog.

Hello, my name is Justina and I am reporting live from Quad Consultancy as a fresh Marketing Intern.

I come from one of the Baltic States – Lithuania. I live and study in the capital Vilnius. At the moment I am nearly finished with my Bachelor studies, the last step for me is an internship and the Bachelor Thesis. Thus, I find myself in Malta, as the intern in a Consultancy company, making the most of this experience.

This is the start of my fifth week in Malta and I have to say that so far it has been going great. The weather is something I needed to get used to as an Eastern European but it is, in fact, a nice change. As for now, I can only highly recommend visiting Malta and experiencing every benefit it has to offer. Starting from the always noisy and full of different food/shop spots Sliema beach coasts and finishing with the… well, there is too much to do here, thus, exploring never ends.

I do have to admit that I picked up an addiction along the way. A Creppe Place which I discovered in Sliema has another shop next to the Quad Office. Let’s just say, that I am a very loyal customer and not only I bring other loyal customers but also I advertise it as if I am paid by them. Other interns should agree. If you are ever in Malta, visit Kreppre. It is not sponsored, I promise.

From the nature side of Malta, well, it might not be as green and leafy I was used to in Lithuania, but I sure was amazed by the vast amount of pretty beaches and bays, lagoons and cliffs. You can feel the exotic part of Malta in every corner. The sea is very warm and helpful when trying to survive the heat. It is nothing like the Baltic Sea. I can spend the entire day just in Sliema Surf side’s natural pools. Of course I would need to have a break and grab a Creppe which is just a few minutes of walking.

The people surrounding you in Malta are very relaxed and easy going. The language that is common in every area is English. That makes the stay even more pleasant. All in all, the start is great for me and I am waiting for some more challenges and experiences that this journey will bring me.

Stay Tuned!

Justina.


Sveiki, mano vardas Justina ir šiuo metu rašau jums iš įmonės Quad Consultancy, kurioje dirbu kaip „šviežia“ Marketingo praktikantė.

Aš gyvenu ir mokausi Lietuvos sostinėje – Vilniuje. Šiuo metu baiginėju Bakalauro studijas ir paskutinis žingsnis, kurį privalau žengt, tai yra privaloma pratika bei baigiamasis bakalauro darbas. Praktiką atlikti pasirinkau Quad Consultancy konsultacinėje įmonėje, saulėtoje Maltoje.

Maltoje skaičiuoju jau trečią savaitę ir turiu pripažinti, jog kol kas čia praleistas laikas tikrai puikus. Oras žymiai drėgnesnis, nei Lietuvoje, tad prie šito dar tikrai reiki priprasti, tačiau visada galima paskirti dieną mirkstant jūroj. Tikrai rekomenduoju užsukti į Malta ir išbandyti viską ką ji turi pasiūlyti. Pradedant triukšmingais Sliemos paplūdimiais ir baigiant.. na, čia visada visko apstu, tad galima pavargti tyrinėjant.

Turiu pripažinti, kad Maltoje supratau, kad esu priklausoma nuo itališko stiliaus blynų Creppe. Puikią vietą atradau Sliemoje ir mano džiaugsmui, jie turi dar vieną kavinę prie pat Quad ofiso. Galiu pasakyti tik tiek, jog pritraukiau daug lojalių lankytojų, kiti praktikantai pritars. P.S. Jei kada būsite Maltoje, aplankykite Kreppre. Ši žinutė nėra paremta Kreppre, prižadu.

Kalbant apie gamtą Maltoje – ji ne tokia žalia kaip Lietuvoje. Tačiau mane stipriai sužavėjo visi paplūdymiai, įlankos, uolos bei lagūnos. Jūra be galo šilta ir švari, ji puikiai padeda išsigelbėti nuo karsčio. Jūroje mirkti įmonoma visą dieną, ypač Sliemos Surf Side jūros baseinuose. Žinoma, reikia padaryti pertrauką ir suvalgyti Creppe, kurį galima pasiimti paėjus už kampo.

Maltiečiai be galo atsipalaidavę bei draugiški. Taipogi, tai, jog visi kalba angliškai, net ir visose įstaigose, labai palengvina gyvenimą užsienyje. Dar tik pradžia, ir tikrai žinau, kad manęs laukia daug nuotykių ir įsimintinų patirčių, tad viskas dar tik priešaky!

Laukite žinių,

Justina.

All good things come to an end!

After three incredible months in Malta I have to say goodbye to the island. I can say that until now it has been the best experience in my professional and social life.

During these months I have had the opportunity to meet Maltese people and learn some words such as “Madonna” (a very versatile word. It can be used for when you’re scared, happy, sad or even angry), “Mela” (covers the entire basis in Maltese), “Bomba” (to say something that has been cool). Also, I have tried many typical Maltese food such us the Pastizzi, It is one of the most common cakes of the island they can be founded in any pastry shop. Ftira, disc-shaped semi-flat bread made with flour, water and salt. It is reminiscent of a ciabatta in both texture and the Gbejniet one of the typical cheeses from Gozo, traditionally realized with milk of goat or of sheep. In addition to that, you cannot leave the island without having tried the Cisk beer.

On the other hand, I have had the opportunity to visit most of best places on the island. It has to be said that Malta has a lot of beautiful places where you can disconnect and relax. Personally, I think that my favourite places in Malta are Manoel Island beach, where you can see all Valletta, and Coral Lagoon located in the north of the island. What I like most about that place is that you can rent a kayak and go through the sea until you arrive at a big cave with a hole on top of it.

The whole experience in Malta has been unforgettable; I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people from all over the world and what it is more interesting is that from all of them it is possible to learn something new. Also, I have to mention my good relationship with the embassy because I have spent more time there than in my house.

Finally the best part of my blog comes and it is about Quad Consultancy. I have to affirm that the group that forms Quad is incredible, all the consultants are really nice and they are always making jokes to keep a good atmosphere. Also, I had the opportunity to enjoy my time with the other interns in the office as well as out of the office in the evenings. During my stance in Quad they have given me a lot of opportunities to learn with them and put into practice my studies. Just to give an example I was in charge to create a presentation for future clients and to make an advertisement that appeared in one of the most important newspaper in Malta.

To sum up, I will like to thank all the people from Quad and the people I have met in Malta, and the best thing to do so, is to put a photo that simplifies my three months here in Malta.

Many thanks!

Ibon Basterrechea

 

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¡Todo lo bueno tiene su final!

Después de tres meses increíbles pongo fin a mi estancia en Malta. Hasta el momento puedo afirmar que ha sido la mejor experiencia que he vivido, tanto profesional como personal.

Durante estos tres meses he tenido la oportunidad de conocer gente Maltesa y aprender palabras que utilizan continuamente. La palabra preferida de los Malteses es “Mela”, tiene más de siete significados diferentes pero comúnmente es conocida para decir “vale”. Luego está la palabra “Bomba” que hace referencia a algo entretenido o extravagante. “Madonna” también la utilizan para mostrar sentimientos. Por otro lado, también he probado comida típica Maltesa como los Pastizzi, pequeñas tartas de hojaldre que se pueden encontrar en todas las pastelerías. La Ftira es un pan maltés con forma de anillo, generalmente se come con rellenos como, patatas, tomate fresco, cebolla, carne y aceitunas. Para los que les guste el queso, en la Isla de Gozo hacen el Gbejniet, es un pequeño queso redondo hecho a partir de leche de oveja o de cabra.

Asimismo, he podido visitar gran parte de la isla y la verdad es que hay muchos sitios en los que se puede desconectar y disfrutar de las vistas. Para mí, los dos mejores sitios de la isla son la playa de Manoel Island, en la que se puede ver Valletta y el Coral Lagoon situado en el norte de la isla, alejado de los spots turísticos y la mejor forma de acceder es alquilando unos kayak.

Toda la experiencia en Malta ha sido inolvidable, gracias a que he podido conocer gente de
todos los lugares del mundo ya que Malta es un destino muy frecuentado para hacer prácticas.

Por último, me gustaría agradecer a Quad Consultancy el gran trato que he recibo por parte de toda la plantilla. El ambiente en la oficina es perfecto y los consultores están constantemente haciendo bromas para mantener el buen ambiente entre los de prácticas y ellos. La empresa me ha dado muchas posibilidades para aprender de ellos, desde hacer anuncios para el principal periódico de Malta, colaborar en el diseño de la nueva página web, a presentaciones corporativas para los clientes de Quad. Por otra parte, también me gustaría agradecer al grupo de estudiantes que estábamos de prácticas en Quad; ¡han sido tres meses increíbles!

Hasta pronto,

Ibon Basterrechea


~ My experience in Malta ~

Hello everyone!

My name is Camille, I’m 20 years old and I come from to La Rochelle, it is a city located on the Atlantic coast of France.

I’m a student in Sup de Co La Rochelle and currently in an Erasmus period in Regensburg in Germany for my 2nd year course in Bachelor of Business Administration. To complete my second year, I had to do an internship abroad. During my search, I found Malta by chance, and I saw that there were a lot of opportunities to find an internship during summer. I thought Malta was a good option to work and to discover landscapes and enjoy my internship. I could have looked for an internship in Germany but I really wanted to internationalize my CV more.

I’m here for four months to improve my English and my marketing skills. I think I’m very lucky to find my internship at Quad Consultancy. They are very helpful, answer all our question, and we work in a good atmosphere. I think it will be a good experience to discover more how the company works.

The time has past really fast here, I have already been here for 2 months and I really love this place, except for buses that are never on time, never come or are too full. You really must be patient! What I really like in Malta is it’s mix of culture and you can find any nationality, it’s very interesting. Even in my flat, we have four different nationalities. I share my flat with Moroccan, Czech and Colombian people, it’s very friendly and particularly for World Cup, even if we support a different team, there is a good atmosphere. I came alone to Malta but it’s so easy to meet people here, we don’t stay alone for long. I did not meet a lot of Maltese but the little I met are pretty cool.

I have been to some place like Mellieha, Gozo, Golden Bay, Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon and Valetta and I really want to discover more places and typical things about Malta. Malta is full of history and it is thanks to that that there is such a mix of cultures. Gozo is very nice and there is a beautiful beach with orange/red sand in Ramla Bay. I also dove and I discovered beautiful marine funds.

If you like fireworks, you will be pleased, there are every day!

See you soon,

Camille

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Bonjour à tous!

Je m’appelle Camille, j’ai 20 ans et je viens de La Rochelle. Je suis étudiante à Sup de Co La Rochelle et actuellement en Erasmus à Regensburg en Allemagne pour ma deuxième année en Bachelor of Business Administration. Pour valider mon année je dois aliser un stage à l’étranger. Lors de ma recherche, j’ai trouvé Malte par hasard et j’ai vu qu’il y avait beaucoup d’opportunités de trouver un stage en été. Malte est une bonne option pour travailler, découvrir des paysages et profiter de son stage. J’aurais chercher un stage en Allemagne mais je voulais vraiment internationaliser davantage mon CV.

Je suis ici pour quatre mois pour améliorer mon anglais et mes compétences en marketing. Je pense que j’ai eu beaucoup de chance de trouver mon stage à Quad Consultancy. Il y a une très bonne ambiance au bureau et dès qu’on a une question ils n’hésitent pas à nous aider.

Le temps passe très vite ici, je suis ici depuis 2 mois déjà et j’adore vraiment cet endroit, sauf pour les bus qui ne sont jamais à l’heure, qui ne viennent jamais ou qui sont trop pleins. Il faut vraiment être patient avec les bus! Ce que j’aime vraiment à Malte, c’est le mélange de culture et vous pouvez trouver n’importe quelle nationalité, c’est très intéressant. Même dans mon appartement, nous avons quatre nationalités différentes. Je partage mon appartement avec des marocains, des tchèques et des colombiens, c’est très amical et particulièrement pour la Coupe du monde, même si nous soutenions une équipe différente, il y avait une bonne ambiance. Je suis venue seule à Malte mais il est très facile de rencontrer des gens ici, nous ne restons pas longtemps seuls. Je n’ai pas rencontré beaucoup de maltais mais le peu que j’ai rencontré ils sont plutôt cools.

J’ai visité différents endroits comme Mellieha, Gozo, Golden Bay, Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon ou encore La Valette et je veux vraiment découvrir plus de lieux et de choses typiques de Malte. Malte est pleine d’histoire et c’est grâce à cela qu’il existe un tel mélange de cultures.Gozo est très beau et il y a une belle plage de sable orange / rouge dans la baie de Ramla. J’ai également fait de la plongée ce qui m’a permis de découvrir de très beaux fonds marins.

Si vous aimez les feux d’artifice, vous serez ravis, il y en a tous les jours!

À bientôt,

Camille

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All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end!

What an experience!!

I don’t know where to start…  3 months pass too quickly!! In a week i go  back to France, my maltese adventure will end, but Malta was one of the best experiences of my life.

I met many  lovely people.. And I’m so sad to leave now. My head is full of wonderful memories.

When I arrived in Malta, I wanted to improve my english which now is not so bad.

I think it was an experience I would never regret, I met people and had moments I will never forget..

During my 3 months I spent all my weekends  visiting wonderful places like Paradise Bay, Ramla Bay,Marsaxlokk, Comino, Gozo, and also making  BBQ’s on roof top or at the beach with my friends.Sometimes I also went to Paceville when I felt the dance fever lol, in fact in Malta you can’t get bored there is so much to do!!

Learning English with the Maltese accent is a little bit complicated. You only need to know a few maltese words to be  fully integrated:

  • Mela
  • Le lele
  • Yees yess yess
  • Oh Madonna!!!
  • Iva

Regarding maltese people, they are  very welcoming, and kind. I really fell in love about with their lifestyle because they live simply and also they are very family people.

What about my internship in Quad?

What a company!! Lol

From my point of view, Quad Consultancy is one of the best companies to complete an internship. Why? Because it is a very dynamic company that listens to its trainees, each suggestion or reflection is taken into account by the company but also they are very flexible.

At Quad Consultancy, I learned a lot in 3 months I have seen the entire recruitment process .Client appointments, sourcing , contact with candidates, participation in job interviews etc. The more days passed more I had responsibilities, I really appreciated it . What is also special about Quad is its working atmosphere that is very relaxed and joyful, we laugh a lot thanks to Marc and his famous jokes lol

To conclude this was a very rewarding experience that I will never forget, I want to thank the entire Quad team and also my tutors, we had a lot of fun 😉

This is not a goodbye but a see you later.;-)

Lindsay

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Toutes bonnes ont une fin!

Quelle expérience!!

Je ne sais pas par ou commencer… Les 3 mois sont passés super vite, dans une semaine je retourne en France, mon aventure Maltaise touche à sa fin. Mon séjour à Malte a été l’une des meilleures expérience de ma vie. J’ai rencontré tellement de personnes formidables… Je suis triste de partir maintenant, mais ce qui est sûr, c’est que ma tête est remplie de merveilleux souvenirs. Mais peut-être ce n’est qu’un au revoir 😉

L’un des buts de mon séjour à Malte était d’améliorer mon Anglais et maintenant je pense qu’il n’est pas trop mal 😉

Je pense que c’est une expérience que je ne regretterais jamais, j’ai vécu des moments et rencontré des personnes que je n’oublierais pas…

Pendant mes 3 mois ici, j’ai passé la plupart des mes week-ends à visiter des lieux magnifiques tel que Comino, Gozo, Marsaxlokk, Ramla Bay, Paradise Bay, mais aussi j’ai fais pas mal de barbecues sur les rooftop ou en face de la mer, ce fut des moments agréables. Quand la fièvre du Samedi soir me prenais, j’allais à Paceville pour danser jusqu’au bout de la nuit  lol, à Malte il est impossible de s’ennuyer il y a tellement de choses à faire c’est incroyable.

Mon expérience Maltaise

Apprendre l’Anglais avec les Maltais c’est un peu compliqué. Pour être complètement intégré il faut savoir quelques mots tel que :

  • Mela
  • Lé lé lé
  • Yes yeees yees
  • Oh Madonna!!!
  • Iva

Les Maltais sont vraiment des personnes très accueillantes et chaleureuses, en cas de besoin les Maltais seront toujours là pour donner leur aide. J’ai beaucoup aimé leur style de vie, ils vivent très simplement et ça j’ai beaucoup aimé.

Qu’en est- il de Quad Consultancy?

Quelle entreprise!!!

De mon point de vue Quad est l’une des meilleures entreprises pour réaliser un stage. Pourquoi? C’est une entreprise très dynamique, qui est très ouverte d’esprit, mais aussi elle considère les stagiaires comme des éléments à part entière de l’entreprise, toute suggestion ou remarque effectuées par les stagiaires seront pris en compte.

Chez Quad j’ai beaucoup appris, pendant les 3 mois j’ai pu voir l’ensemble du processus de recrutement rendez-vous client, sourcing, prise de contact avec les candidats, participation aux entretiens d’embauche etc. j’ai vraiment apprécié qu’au fil des jours mes responsabilités aient augmentées.

Mais ce qui est spécial chez Quad c’est l’ambiance de travail qui est très décontractée et toujours dans la bonne humeur, on a beaucoup ri notamment grâce aux fameuses blagues de Mark.

Pour conclure c’était une expérience très enrichissante que je n’oublierais jamais. Je tiens à remercier l’ensemble de l’équipe et mes tuteurs de m’avoir accueillie, on s’est beaucoup amusés.

A bientot

Lindsay

Finally in Malta!!

Hello everyone !

My name is Lindsay, I am 22 and I come from Nantes, it is a city located in the North West of France. It is a city known for it’s cakes called “Biscuit Nantais”.

I have passed my Bachelors Degree in Human Ressources so I decided to move abroad for an internship to improve my English, but also to develop my skills in Human Resources. In fact, I have already worked as a Human Resources Assistant during my Bachelors Degree in a maritime shipping company. During this training I was in charge of making contrats, participating in the payroll process and organizing training for the seafarers. Thanks to this experience it made me want to continue my studies in this field.

I arrived in Malta on the 18th February and I literally love this place. The people are very friendly and kind except bus drivers sometimes are unpleasant. I rent a beautiful flat in Sliema near the ferry, I share this flat with 3 other girls who come from Japan and France. We are very close and do a lot of activities together like parties, dinners, or have a walk in Sliema.

I chose Malta for my internship because I wanted to discover another country, culture and also internationalize my resume for my future career. And the weather of course!!

I am doing my internship at Quad Consultancy for 3 months, my tasks will include participating at all the recruitment process, support the team and participate in some job interviews.

I am very exciting to work with these lovely people.

Lindsay

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Bonjour tous le monde!

Je me présente je m’appelle Lindsay j’ai 22 ans et je suis de Nantes. Nantes est une ville située au nord-ouest de la France. Cette charmante ville est connue pour ses délicieux biscuits nommés les Biscuits Nantais.

J’ai validé cette année ma licence professionnelle Gestionnaire des Ressources humaines, une fois celle-ci validé j’ai décidé de partir à l’étranger pour effectuer un stage professionnel dans le but d’améliorer mon anglais et mes compétences. En effet j’ai réalisé ma licence en alternance dans une entreprise maritime, j’avais le poste d’assistante RH, j’étais en charge de préparer les contrats, participer à la paie, préparer les formations pour les marins

Je suis arrivée à Malte le 18 février 2018, et j’aime vraiment ce pays. Les habitants sont très accueillants et gentils sauf les chauffeurs de bus qui sont souvent désagréable. J’habite dans un superbe appartement situé en plein centre de Sliema que je partage avec 3 autres filles originaire du Japon et de France. Nous sommes très proches et nous faisons beaucoup d’activités ensemble tel que sortir en soirée, préparer des dîners, ou bien se promener aux alentours de Sliema.

J’ai choisi de partir à Malte car j’avais envie de découvrir un autre pays, une culture différente je cherchais aussi à être dépayser et c’est le cas.
Mais avant tout je cherche à internationaliser mon CV pour ma futur carrière.

Je suis actuellement en stage chez Quad Consultancy pour 3 mois j’aurais pour mission de participer au processus de recrutement, accompagner l’équipe dans leurs tâches mais aussi participer aux recrutements.

J’ai hâte de travailler dans cette nouvelle équipe !

Lindsay

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The Main Differences Between Malta and My Home Country

It has almost been 3 months since I came to Malta. During my stay here, I noticed some remarkable differences from the Netherlands, and I think it would be interesting, to sum up some big differences to share my image of Malta (or the Netherlands) with everyone.

Traffic
First, the traffic in Malta is really different. I mentioned this in my previous blog but Maltese people have less patience than the Dutch. In Malta the traffic is more chaotic and there’s a lot of cars on the road. The amount of cars is not strange because apparently, this little island is the most densely populated country in Europe. And I thought Holland was overpopulated!

Furthermore, during my internship I see applicants rejecting job offers because “the employer’s offices are too far!”. In the Netherlands, it is normal for people to travel far for their job but in Malta it seems to be different. But I don’t know if it’s because Maltese are used to having everything closer, or primarily because of the traffic.

Public Holidays
The Maltese get to enjoy more public holidays than the Dutch. Malta is a more religious country and almost every month the Maltese have a day off to celebrate a public holiday. In summer, every village celebrates the feast of their patron saint. The streets turn into a party with the whole neighbourhood and there will be music, colourful decorations and lots of alcohol.

I don’t think the public holidays in the Netherlands are as special as in Malta. The only celebration I miss in Malta is ‘Sinterklaas’. This is one of the celebrations that are very big in the Netherlands and it’s a shame I miss it this year.

Architecture
The colour of the houses was the first thing I noticed when I arrived in Malta three months ago. The predominant colour is white because of the limestone that is quarried and used to build houses. The Dutch houses are darker (because of the red or brown bricks we use to build our houses), and more houses are detached because of the gardens around them. The houses in the touristic areas in Malta are quite plain and simple. However, when you go to the towns and villages, the houses have more character and most of them are quite old with lovely balconies that are only found in Malta. Also, the churches in Malta are very detailed and pretty, especially on the inside.

Cleanliness
I think it’s remarkable how often people clean and sweep the streets in Malta. I see many people cleaning the street in front of their house washing the area with soap and water. Every morning I see a guy at the bus stop sweeping all the trash from the streets. Because of that, the streets in Malta are very clean. In the Netherlands, I don’t see this that often but maybe because we have the rain that cleans the road.By contrast, I think it’s a little bit odd that Maltese don’t use wheely bins or other big containers for their garbage collection. The full refuse bags are placed in front of the door on the streets, and that definitely creates an eyesore!.

Weather
Obviously, the weather is very different than the Netherlands. It’s December but last week I could go outside with only a t-shirt in the morning sun and I also managed to get a tan. Yippeeee!. This is difficult to imagine when you live in the Netherlands. In the summer the temperatures in Malta went up to almost 40 degrees while in Holland the temperatures rarely went up to 30 degrees.

Compared to August and October, It rained a lot in November here in, Malta and I have seen some tropical showers that month. Road drains aren’t very good here, so when it rains the roads will turn into little rivers (as deep as your ankles). Moreover, it looks like cars and buses are floating instead of driving. The distribution of the water in Holland is better but unfortunately, rain is way more normal in my home country.

I still enjoy my life in Malta. It’s a shame I have to go back to Holland next week.

Lots of love,
Romee

 

Grote verschillen tussen Malta en mijn thuisland

Ik ben nu al bijna 3 maanden in Malta. In mijn tijd hier zijn mij veel dingen opgevallen die heel anders zijn dan in Nederland. Het leek me dus interessant om een paar grote verschillen te benoemen om iedereen een goed beeld van Malta (of Nederland) te kunnen geven.

Verkeer
Als eerste is het verkeer echt heel anders in Malta. Ik heb dit al in een vorige blog ook genoemd maar Maltesers hebben een andere rijstijl dan Nederlanders. Ze rijden in Malta agressiever en er zijn enorm veel auto’s op de weg. Het eiland is ook het dichtstbevolkte land van Europa. Het gemiddelde aantal inwoners per vierkante kilometer is hier drie keer zo groot dan in Nederland. En ik dacht dat Nederland dichtbevolkt was.

Verder zie ik tijdens mijn stage dat Maltesers soms banen niet aannemen terwijl deze toch relatief dichtbij wonen. In Nederland reizen mensen wat af voor een baan maar dit lijkt in Malta niet het geval. Maar ik weet niet of dit komt doordat ze meer gewend zijn om alles dichterbij te hebben op het eiland of alleen door het verkeer.

Feestdagen
In Malta zijn er meer en leukere feestdagen dan in Nederland. Malta is een gelovig land en bijna elke maand heeft men een dag of twee vrij omdat er een feestdag is. In de zomer viert elk dorp van zijn beschermheilige. Op de straten ontstaan er dan grote buurtfeesten met muziek, kleurrijke versieringen en veel drankjes.

Ik vind de feesten in Nederland niet zo bijzonder als in Malta. Wat ik wel jammer vind, is dat ik dit jaar niks heb meegekregen van het Nederlandse feest ‘Sinterklaas’. Dit is een van de feesten die wel heel groot worden gevierd in Nederland.

Architectuur
De kleur van de huizen is het eerste wat me gelijk opviel toen ik in Malta arriveerde drie maanden geleden. De overheersende kleur is okergeel door de kalksteen. Kalksteen is het meest gebruikte bouwmateriaal voor huizen en het wordt op het eiland zelf verkregen uit de rotsen. De Nederlandse huizen zijn veel donkerder (door de rode of bruine stenen die we gebruiken) maar om de huizen heen is meer plek voor een tuin. In de toeristische en drukke plaatsen zijn de gebouwen niet zo mooi. Echter, als je meer naar de lokale steden en dorpen gaat vind je mooie oude huizen met hele leuke balkonnetjes. Deze balkonnetjes zijn alleen te vinden in Malta. Ook de kerken in Malta zijn heel gedetailleerd en mooi, vooral aan de binnenkant.

Schoon
Ik vind het opvallend hoe vaak de straten hier worden geveegd en schoongemaakt. Ik zie veel mensen die de stoep voor hun huis met een sopje schoonpoetsen en elke ochtend is er iemand bij de bushalte het afval aan het opruimen. Ik zie dit niet zo vaak in Nederland. De straten in Malta zijn dus mooi schoon. Ik vind het wel bijzonder dat er in Malta nog niet gebruik wordt gemaakt van containers. De volle vuilniszakken worden aan de kant van de weg gezet en dit maakt de straat toch wel rommelig.

Weer
Het weer is natuurlijk een groot verschil. Het is al december maar vorige week heb ik nog in een t-shirt buiten gelopen in de ochtendzon en ik heb voor mijn doen nog steeds een mooi kleurtje van de zon. Jippie! Dit kun je je bijna niet voorstellen als je in Nederland woont. In de zomer hebben de temperaturen hier tegen de 40 graden aangezeten terwijl in Nederland zelden de 30 graden zijn gehaald.

Vergeleken met augustus en oktober, heeft het in november veel geregend en dit heb ik ook een paar keer heftig meegemaakt. De voorzieningen tegen de regen in Malta zijn niet zo best dus er ontstaan overal rivieren op straat als het regent (tot boven je enkels zo diep). Daarbij lijkt het alsof bussen en auto’s drijven in plaats van rijden. In Nederland is dit beter geregeld maar in tegenstelling tot Malta is regen daar helaas de normaalste zaak van de wereld.

Ik vermaak me nog goed hier. Helaas ga ik volgende week alweer terug naar Nederland.

Veel liefs,
Romee

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!