Friday, November 4, 1994

Buy or sell... A few questions?

1. Drake is not a bad rapper?
2. Young Jeezy is top 5 in Mainstream hip hop?
3. Jean Grae is the best female MC of all time?
4. Charles Hamilton is a decent rapper, and a good producer?
5. J Dilla is overrated?

Answer on Buy or sell... A few questions?

1. Drake is not a bad rapper? - Buy
2. Young Jeezy is top 5 in Mainstream hip hop? - Sell
3. Jean Grae is the best female MC of all time? - Sell
4. Charles Hamilton is a decent rapper, and a good producer? - Buy
5. J Dilla is overrated? - Buy

Where can I get a job in Italy?

I want to move to Italy... not sure where. I was wondering wre there are good websites to find jobs in major cities like Milan, Turin, Genoa, Venice, Naples, Florence etc..
Also I need information on cities that are more affordable.
I speak both English and Spanish very well. Any information will be great !!!!

Answer on Where can I get a job in Italy?

I was born and grew up in the USA, lived in Britain for 30 years and now live in Italy.

You don't say where you're living now, but if you're a EU citizen, you have the right to live in Italy and work here. If you're from the USA or a few other prosperous countries, there are bureaucratic hoops for you to jump through before you can stay in Italy for more than three months and legally work here. If you're from anywhere else, you could well have problems even getting into Italy legally.

Generally speaking, the north of the country is the most prosperous area so, of the cities you list, you'd have a better chance of finding work in Milan, Turin or Genoa.

However, you would be very unwise to come to Italy with nothing more than enough money to see you through a couple of weeks and the hope of finding work to support yourself. The employment situation in Italy is not good. It has not been great for some time and is highly unlikely to improve in the current economic climate.

Most people here get jobs through their personal connections. Even then, they are generally on short-term contracts these days and not very well paid. The situation for immigrants can be very grim, with them having to work in unpleasant or even dangerous conditions for low pay. Even Italian graduates trying to make a new life for themselves away from their family and connections commonly have huge problems finding employment that pays a decent salary and where they can't be fired at a moment's notice. Much work is done "in the black" and in rural areas (like where I live in Abruzzo) it's common for a lot of bartering to go on.

In Italy, networks are vitally important and anyone moving here from abroad is at a huge disadvantage.

Something that is absolutely vital for anyone even thinking about getting a job in Italy is the ability to speak Italian fluently. It's not too hard to find someone who speaks English, particularly in the major urban centres, but this is not at all like the Netherlands where virtually everyone speaks some sort of English or can at least understand it fairly well.

I speak from personal experience when I say that moving to Italy with just tourist Italian is a recipe for problems. Italians are generally very pleasant and patient, but it can be extremely frustrating if you're attempting to surmount some bureaucratic or practical hurdle while there's a barrier of mutual incomprehension.

One of the classic mistakes made by people from Britain or the USA who want to live in Italy is to imagine that they will be able to make a living teaching English. The reality is a lot less rosy than the dream. There are lots of people here who speak English sufficiently well to teach it and language schools in Italy (as elsewhere) are notorious for treating their staff badly and paying them worse.

I would strongly urge you to invest a lot of time on the various websites devoted to ex-pats in Italy, reading the advice there and asking questions if you can't find a discussion on some point of particular concern to you. I've given links to a couple below. The first is aimed primarily at Brits, the second at Americans. I'm sure there are lots more around if you look.