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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


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.

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William Hill Approaches 888

London-listed online gaming operator 888 has confirmed that it has received an approach regarding a possible offer for the company by UK bookmaker William Hill.

888 was forced to make a statement to the London Stock Exchange this afternoon, following press speculation concerning the possibility of an estimated £750m offer being made for the company.

“The board of the company confirms that it received an approach regarding a possible offer for the company by William Hill plc,” said 888 in a statement. “There can be no certainty, however, that any firm offer will be made nor as to the terms on which any firm offer might be forthcoming.”

According to reports, William Hill is in advanced talks with the operator and has made a 210 pence per share offer for the company, although one of the company’s founding Israeli families is said to be holding out for an offer in the region of 300 pence.

888 added that the company’s shareholders will be kept informed of relevant developments and a further announcement will be made as appropriate, no later than 28 days from today’s announcement.

Meanwhile, FT has just reported that 888 has rejected William Hill’s approach.