Working in Italy: Useful Tips
Italy is certainly a beautiful country and the relaxed way of living makes it an ideal choice for those who are searching for a way out of the rat race in America or elsewhere. But if you’re planning to relocate and working in Italy, you better bear in mind that finding work here can be rather hard sometimes due to a very high unemployment rate. Being an English mother tongue can be a real asset for working in Italy, but being a foreign never is, so Rome-explorer.com has devoted an article to the topic, in order to give you useful tips about working in Italy.
Sponsored linksAs we’ve already said working in Italy can be difficult at times, but don’t let this discourage you, because there is a steady request for English mother tongue people, above all because most Italians’ knowledge of the language rarely goes beyond the English picked up at school and taught by a teacher who never lived in an Anglophone country. Working in Italy you will probably have another advantage compared to Italians, you’ll probably have far more work experience than your Italian counterparts. Although the Italian University system is one of the most demanding in Europe in terms of the sheer amount of information for each exam, there are no time constraints. This means that while Italian students are still preparing for their exams, you have the experience that most companies need. With American and English companies often at the forefront of new business trends, this can be a huge advantage for working in Italy. Media and communication, tourism, finance, and international business are the main job sectors open to foreigners.
Working in Italy: executive jobs
If you are after a top executive job, then searching through Italy’s national papers could be a good place to start. The Corriere della Sera publishes Corriere Lavoro every Friday, here you can find the latest employment trends in Italy and also lists job vacancies around the country, usually for management positions. The financial paper il Sole24Ore, is also a good bet. One of the obstacles you will encounter, however, in working in Italy, is that Italians want their potential employees to be super-qualified with advanced degrees in the relevant subjects. If you want a job in marketing you will be expected to have a business and marketing degree, even if you have years of practical experience in the field. This is true for all jobs. If you are young and don’t have experience in the sector, you may also be expected to work for little or no money while you complete what Italians call a tironcino or training period. In most cases for working in Italy you will also be required to speak good – if not fluent - Italian, so consider taking a language course, first in your own country before the move to cover the basics, then another one when you arrive here. And with a wide range of courses you are sure to find one matching your requirements.
Working in Italy: temping agencies
Temping agencies are a valuable hunting ground for working in Italy, short-term placements may not be your aim but they give you an insight into the Italian work culture. Manpower, Randstad, Sinterim, and EuroInterim all recruit on a temporary basis, but you can often find jobs for a longer period. The big cities, such as Rome, often have several branches of each agency, although these are usually franchises, so visit each agency in turn in order to maximize your chances of finding a job. If you need further information on the topic, check our page Rome Employment agencies.
Working in Italy: Networking
Instead of viewing the move as the end of one career and the start of another, why not look at the Big Picture and see it as a continuous line? If you can afford to do so financially, also consider working in Italy for little or no financial compensation initially. It could be the price to pay for meeting new people who undoubtedly will open new doors for you. Of course, this is what Italians do best. Cold letters to potential employers rarely work in Italy because networking is the Italians’ preferred method of finding a job. There are lots of professional networking organizations in Italy. These include Ecademy.com, an international social networking organization that has offline groups in Bari, Cagliari, Como, Florence, Milan, Rome, and Salerno. The Professional Women’s Association in Rome and Professional Women’s Association in Milan, and the American Women’s Association of Rome are other valuable associations that double up as welcoming committees when you first arrive. Turning up at networking events gets your face known. And once your face becomes familiar, people start to trust you and want to do business with you. If you’re not already on it, you could also try with Linkedin.com.
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