Motivation

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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From Belgium with Love

From Belgium with love

Hello I am Marc, I am 25 and as you noticed I am Belgian. Born and raised in Congo, I came to Belgium 20 years ago.

It’s my first experience in Malta. I am here because of a program we have in Belgium organised by « le forem ».They provide us with some money to come here and to have our first experience in any area we want. For me it was recruitment. I have always liked this kind of job and the aspect of recruitment have always pleased me. So I decided to send my application to the organisation and it’ s been accepted.

When I knew that it was in Malta, I was very happy because, of the weather, of course, and the fact that it’s a little island with many things to visit.

So far I have met many people from many different countries (Japan, Spain, France, Ukraine, Libya, Macedonia, Romania, Germany and Italy). I like the fact that there are a lot of nationalities in one small Island. But sometimes it is hard to say goodbye to people that you just met ; Because they are here for a short time and it is hard to think that you will never see them again, because of the distance. We try to keep their Facebook, so we can still speak but it’s not the same when you talk in real life.

I live in a residence in Sliema. It is well placed, because I am not far from Paceville and St Julian and It’s possible to walk if I want to go to Valletta. It’s not a five stars hotel, but i like the atmosphere of the place. We can meet many people. For the moment I play Fifa with them and sometimes we put some money on it. I am lucky because at the moment it’s the world cup, so every night we watch the game together. If I am not in the residence, I watch the game on the big screen with some friends. I have always something to do after work.

About my Background. I have a degree in psychology. Why psychology ? Because i like to analyse, to ask questions to people just get to know them in details, but sometimes it can become annoying for some of them.

What about Maltese people ? I think that they are very loud and friendly. For example one time I was in a fast food restaurant and i didn’t have money in cash for a drink and I could not pay with my card. So someone told me that it’s not a problem I will pay for the drink that you want. I found it very nice because I was not use to that. But sometimes I find them very rude. For example in the bus I didn’t check the amount of money I had in my card, so when I tried to check the card in the bus the device made the sound that the card was not allowed and the driver was very rude with me. The way how he was talking to me was really bad and I found it offensive, I get over it because in general Maltese are friendly.

Until now I did not have the chance yet to have a long talk with a native Maltese. All the people I have met are from foreign countries like Gozo, I am kidding. But that’s true for the moment I have just met people from many countries but not from Malta. Strange ! The language is like Chinese to me. I can’t understand a thing. I have learn something :n If you want to express something like « Oh my God », you should say : « Madonna » to express your astonishment.

Sometimes they are talking to each other it makes laugh. They can be closer, but they will speak very loud like they were separated by the Golden Bridge.

About Maltese food. I don’t really know Maltese food because with my friends we used to go to many restaurants but not a Maltese one. I know that they like rabbits, beer with the famous « Cisk ». I think that I will try to find a Maltese restaurant. But, hey, I still have a full one month here.

It has already been 1 month that since I arrived on the Island and so far I have visited : Gozo, Valletta (twice), Blue Grotto and I went to Rabat by mistake. By mistake, because I got lost with the other interns. Before all of this, I had 2 weeks of English courses and it helped me a lot to improve my language and my accent.

I will show you different videos clips about what I have visited and what I have seen. I prefer to show you this way, because I am not a big fan of photos but instead, I am a fan of making video clips. So throughout those clips you will see the beauty of the Island.

So Far So Good !

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De Belgique avec amour

Bonjour je m’appelle Marc, j’ai 25 ans et comme vous l’aurez remarqué je suis belge. Né et élevé au Congo, je suis venu en Belgique il y a 20 ans.

C’est ma première expérience à Malte. Je suis ici grâce à un programme organisé en Belgique par le « forem». Ils nous donnent de l’argent pour venir ici et avoir notre première expérience dans le domaine que nous voulons. Pour moi, c’était le recrutement. J’ai toujours aimé ce genre de travail et l’aspect du recrutement m’a toujours plu. J’ai donc décidé d’envoyer ma candidature à l’organisation et cela a été accepté. Quand j’ai su que c’était à Malte, j’étais très heureux à cause de la météo, bien sur, et le fait que c’est une petite île avec beaucoup de choses à visiter.

Jusqu’à présent, j’ai rencontré beaucoup de personnes de différents pays (Japon, Espagne, France, Ukraine, Libye, Macédoine, Roumanie, Allemagne et Italie). J’aime le fait qu’il y a beaucoup de nationalités dans une petite île. Mais parfois, il est difficile de dire au revoir aux gens que vous venez de rencontrer ; Parce qu’ils sont ici pour une courte période et il est difficile de penser que vous ne les reverrez jamais, à cause de la distance. Nous essayons de garder leur facebook, donc on peut toujours parler mais ce n’est pas pareil quand on parle dans la vraie vie.

Je vis dans une résidence à Sliema. C’est bien placé, car je ne suis pas loin de Paceville et de St Julian et il est possible de marcher si je veux aller à La Valette. Ce n’est pas un hôtel cinq étoiles, mais j’aime l’atmosphère de l’endroit. Nous pouvons rencontrer beaucoup de gens. Pour le moment je joue de la fifa avec eux et parfois on y met de l’argent. J’ai de la chance car en ce moment c’est la coupe du monde, donc tous les soirs on regarde le match ensemble. Si je ne suis pas dans la résidence, je regarde le match sur grand écran avec des amis. J’ai toujours quelque chose à faire après le travail.

A propos de mes études. J’ai un diplôme en psychologie. Pourquoi la psychologie ? Parce que j’aime analyser, poser des questions aux gens juste les connaître dans les détails, mais parfois cela peut devenir ennuyeux pour certains d’entre eux.

Qu’en est-il des Maltais ? Je pense qu’ils sont très bruyants et sympathiques. Par exemple, une fois j’étais dans un restaurant de restauration rapide et je n’avais pas d’argent en espèces pour boire un verre et je ne pouvais pas payer avec ma carte. Alors quelqu’un m’a dit que ce n’est pas un problème, je vais payer pour la boisson que vous voulez. Je l’ai trouvé très bien parce que je n’étais pas habitué à ça. Mais parfois je les trouve assez rude. Par exemple dans le bus je n’ai pas vérifié le montant d’argent que j’avais dans ma carte, donc quand j’ai essayé de vérifier la carte dans le bus ; l’appareil a fait le bruit que la carte n’était pas permise et le conducteur était très impoli avec moi. La façon dont il me parlait était vraiment mauvaise et je l’ai trouvé offensant. Je m’en remets parce qu’en général, les Maltais sont amicaux.

Jusqu’à présent, je n’ai pas encore eu l’occasion d’avoir une longue conversation avec un maltais d’origine. Toutes les personnes que j’ai rencontrées viennent de pays étrangers comme Gozo, je plaisante. Mais c’est vrai pour le moment je viens de rencontrer des gens de

nombreux pays mais pas de Malte. Étrange ! La langue est comme le chinois pour moi. Je ne comprends pas grand chose. J’ai appris quelque chose : Si vous voulez exprimer quelque chose comme « Oh mon Dieu », vous devriez dire : « Madonna » pour exprimer votre étonnement.

Parfois lorsqu’ils se parlent, ça me fait rire. Ils peuvent être proche l’un de l’autre, mais ils parleront fort comme s’ils étaient séparés par le Golden Bridge.

A propos de la nourriture maltaise. Je ne connais pas vraiment la nourriture maltaise car avec mes amis nous avions l’habitude d’aller à beaucoup de restaurants mais pas maltais. Je sais qu’ils aiment les lapins, la bière avec la fameuse « Cisk ». Je pense que je vais essayer de trouver un restaurant maltais. Mais, hé, j’ai encore un mois complet ici.

Cela fait déjà 1 mois que je suis arrivé sur l’île et jusqu’ici j’ai visité : Gozo , La Valette (deux fois), Blue Grotto et je suis allé à Rabat par erreur. Par erreur, parce que je me suis perdu avec les autres stagiaires. Avant tout cela, j’avais 2 semaines de cours d’anglais et cela m’a beaucoup aidé à améliorer ma langue et mon accent.

Je vais vous montrer différents clips vidéos sur ce que j’ai visité et ce que j’ai vu. Je préfère vous montrer de cette façon, parce que je ne suis pas un grand fan de photos mais plutôt, je suis fan de la réalisation de clips vidéo. Donc, à travers ces clips, vous verrez la beauté de l’île.

Jusqu’ici tout va bien !

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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!

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