If you have opened this post is because you are probably looking for an apartment or a room in Italy. Of course, your budget will be slightly different whether you are moving abroad for work or for studying.
Since we deal with students and graduates who aim to do a Language Course or an Internship in Italy, I will only consider low-cost options:
That is why we highly recommend you talking with your future roomies in advance. We provide you 2 possibilities to get in contact with your new temporary family:
If you book an Internship through us, you will get 15% discount on the booking fee!
If you are an Internship seeker, you have probably already noticed that not all the positions that companies offer are paid. Salary requirements depend on each country: in Italy, for example, Internships for graduates must be, by law, remunerated (300€ min.).
However, you will often find international placement opportunities that really interest you and that, unfortunately, are not remunerated (because legislation do not require companies to pay their Interns or because they only offer curricular Internships). In these cases, you should think about applying for a Scholarship to cover your expenses during your period abroad.
The Erasmus+ Programme
One of the best-known Scholarships for learning and training is Erasmus+: the EU’s programme that provide opportunities for Europeans who want to study, train, teach, gain experience or volunteer abroad.
Erasmus+ for Trainees: an overview
How to apply
Many of us (I have just found out it!) think that the well-known programme Erasmus owes its name to Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466 – 1536), a Dutch Renaissance Humanist who was very influential during the Protestant Reformation.
While this is totally true, you also have to know that this is an acronym which means European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.
Placement Italy is going to be your gate to the international market you are interested in. People looking forward to work or to have an experience abroad may not be aware of all the possibilities and professional opportunities beyond their national borders.
That’s why we are here: to guide you from the beginning of the selection process until you sit down on the chair of your new office. And even at this point, we would like to hear from you during your internship!
1) Find quality Internships abroad
Moving abroad is a big step and our aim is that you gain experience in solid companies and serious start-ups where you can perform quality internships only. Our desire is that you improve your intercultural skills, enhance your language abilities and add a valuable line in your CV.
2) We help you in every process of the selection
We have already several Partners in the most dynamic and attractive cities in Europe. Our good relationship with these companies and our deep knowledge about their vision will be an advantage for you. We will provide you with all the useful information about the placement and will help you to prepare the final interview with the Human Resources Manager.
3) You will be highlighted
We perfectly know how difficult is to catch the attention of the HR Manager. Although we cannot assure you will get hired in your ideal Internship, we give you a small but effective push to get a prime position among the rest of candidates.
4) One application, many opportunities
By applying with us, you will have the opportunity to participate in many personnel selection procedures until you get a placement. Your success is our success!
5) Save time with us
Besides, with our help you will save time and organize better: you can concentrate in your final exams or in writing your thesis while we send your CV to the European companies you are most interested in.
Whether you are thinking about doing a volunteer or an internship abroad you have already made the decision to go, and there is no way back. Your family and closest friends will be sad in the beginning, but they know deep inside that this is a great opportunity for you.
Both experiences will be useful for you in terms of personal development and career advancement. In fact, for most of your future positions, a period abroad (beyond your Erasmus study period), in which you have probably acquired new language and intercultural skills, will be very welcome by all HR Managers. Furthermore, in both cases, enjoy the experience and keep all your professional contacts for the near future!
Especially recommended for future social workers and international aid workers, but not only. This is an experience that only requires the solidary attitude we all have, more awaken or more asleep. Some people do a volunteer abroad as a gap year, and then get inspired to start writing, open a photography blog or a make low-cost documentary. Others would rather focus on their future plans: perhaps thinking about establishing their own NGO, for example. If your dream job is working within the social sector, a volunteer period will be key in your CV.
If you decide to do the so-called European Voluntary Service, you will find many projects around Europe and a very easy procedure: by applying, you will be given a Sending and a Host Organization, which will provide you with an apartment (for free), pocket money (the amount depends on the cost of living of the country of destination), and even a mentor to help you during your arrival (and later on).
Here you will find the link to all the available European volunteers:
Ok, you like helping other people but you feel like, firstly, you should save yourself. If your professional career has nothing to do with the social field or you don’t find any volunteer project that fits with your goals, you better do an internship abroad.
You will find placement opportunities for 3, 6 or 12 months (companies normally prefer Interns to stay, at least, 6 months). Most of them are paid, especially if you have already graduated (salaries vary from 300€ to 600€ monthly, on average). During your internship, you will be probably working within an international team, so not being only in contact with locals but with business professionals worldwide.
In sum, this is a professional experience that can make the difference during a recruitment process. Here you will find some interesting Internships in European companies:
Most of the students and graduates may feel insecure when they finish the University and start looking for a job. During the first steps within the labour world, it is totally normal that we haven’t yet developed a long and successful career. Because of that, formal education, personal skills and additional studies or volunteer jobs will be a pillar in your presentation.
Below you will find 10 tips to organize your CV if you are in your first working years:
Introduce yourself as a personal statement
We have one blank page to say only good things about ourselves. It may look a lot of space in the beginning, but we can easily fill it out smartly. Today many applicants include, following their personal information such as place of residence or email contact, an introduction about themselves, that is to say, a brief text about their professional profile, labour expectations and most important skills. These lines will help you to rapidly connect with the firm.
Focus on your skills and potential capabilities
Even though you are not an experienced worker yet, you probably already have most of the skills a company is looking for: good command of the Office package, Internet and mailing and excellent language skills, for example. This must be the base that provides you security at the moment you write your CV.
List your extra-curricular activities as jobs
Don’t worry: companies know that recent graduates and students lack formal experience within the labour market. But every CEO, Manager and Director started their professional career without a solid CV. That is why you should not feel ashamed to begin from the bottom. However, we must not be ingenuous: we cannot deliver a CV in blank or with only your basic education but add all the information that may be useful during the personnel selection.
2 rules you must follow
There are many ways to compose a CV but there are at least two rules you must follow:
First: when we start organizing our curricular story, we should start listing our most recent experience on the top. On one side, because it will likely be the most relevant one but also because it will define better our trajectory.
Second: use only one page. Only in the case you are using the European Pass pattern you may be allowed to present a two-pages or more CV.
Make use of social networksY
You are young, so act as such! Sending resumés via email or delivering them in person is a 20th Century thing. Today, networks such as LinkedIn have been proved as much more effective than the regular old ways. Nevertheless, you should have an updated CV and Cover Letter for your job seeking.
Mention prizes, diplomas, voluntary jobs, etc.
Everything you have done, although you may think it is not important, will define your aptitudes at work. Literary prizes, volunteer work abroad, work as private teacher are actually very relevant activities during your first working years because they talk about your will to work, your values and your motivation.
Throughout all your career, you will update, remake and modify your CV hundreds of times. If, in your first working steps, any seasonal work, part-time job or unpaid labour is welcome within your resumé, as you gain experience, you should delete your older and lesser relevant work history and add newer more interesting goals.
Be original (but not too much)
A resumé is your presentation card to companies. Especially if you are applying to big enterprises or multinationals, your CV will have to compete with hundreds more. That is why an original resumé will catch the attention of the HR Manager for sure. However, unless you are applying for a Graphic Design position, you should not overuse colourful patterns and designs. Above it all, you must appear as a professional and serious candidate.
Adapt your CV to the specific offer
When we do not have a clear and specific career, we may subtly change our resumé depending on the job offer we are applying for. In each occasion, you may underline or omit one fact about yourself. Moreover, whether you are applying for positions abroad, you should know how CVs are written and organized there: in Spain or Italy, for example, you should include your picture in one side while in the UK is not necessary.
Be realistic – demand the impossible!
50 years after the May of 1968, we want to remind one of the legacies of this revolutionary episode of the 20th Century. We must believe in ourselves and do not feel bad or ashamed for aspiring to high positions. In order to follow a realistic and progressive path, starting for Internships related to your studies is the smartest option.
I bet that when you were child you didn’t want to become Software Programmer, Communication Manager or Business Developer. Your parents or teachers would likely think you were out of your mind if you were not choosing among other more classic, romantic professions such as Literature Teacher, War Correspondent or Primary Care Doctor.
Times change and, although education, information and medicine are obviously still necessary, job tendencies are heading in a different direction. Since we started Placement Italy, we have found out that there are certain job positions that are frequently repeated, and which request similar skills and backgrounds.
Randstad, a well-known Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm, publishes yearly an article containing the most in-demand jobs, in order to understand the labour market today and to foresee the world of work tomorrow. We are not saying anything new in stressing the importance of technology in nowadays’ employment, a common feature present in almost every sector and around which daily tasks take place.
In its last publication about employment trends in the United States, Randstad lists the 8 most common sectors among job offers during the last and probably the following years:
1. EngineeringThese positions are usually found in solid and advanced labour markets, like the German or the American one. However, according to Ransdtad, the unemployment rate in this field is in general lower than the national average.
2. Finance and AccountingEvery organization needs, at least, one professional developing this role. The most valuable abilities they must possess are strong accounting and updated software skills.
3. Human ResourcesThe growing economy would be benefiting Human Resources’ candidates, provided that societies would need to enlarge their workforce and, often, require diverse present-day profiles.
4. Information Technology (IT)As we have mentioned, it should come as not surprise that improvements in technology would increase candidatures of IT roles: Big Data Engineer and Software Developer are just two of them.
5. Life SciencesNational governments love promising further public investments in Research and Development (R&D). If it ever becomes reality, there would be new job opportunities in the next future.
6. Manufacturing and LogisticsNew technology is also modifying job positions in this field, that today is living a new boom both in America and in Europe.
7. Non-clinical Healthcare“The growth of the healthcare field is benefiting more than just the medical professionals who treat patients directly”, assures Randstad USA in its article. Healthcare facilities would also need administrative and executive assistants, medical secretary and receptionists.
8. Office and AdministrationOffice and Administration professionals keep climbing as the economy raises. These employees have become crucial for business daily activities and company’s success.
Companies of Europe: open the doors of your offices to new fresh air by adding to your team an international young student or graduated who best matches your professional needs. But, how an international intern may be useful to your firm?
In a global world, where societies are every time more integrated and fluid, an international student or graduated -somebody who was born in the times of the European Union- is the key piece that every company needs. Does not matter if the firm you work for is smaller or bigger, more traditional or more innovative, a young international profile will bring new capacities and a broad perspective to your office.
Most of the new generations of professionals -millennials or post-millennials- have grown in a particular and stimulating background: influenced by the economic crisis and the subsequent recovery of the following years, they have developed creative communication skills and settled entrepreneurial projects to fight back global challenges. As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining.
Also because of the difficult times, many young people have decided at some point to find their professional way abroad. Subsequently, this period away would turn into very positive professional abilities: enhanced language skills, intercultural understanding and open minds. Somebody with this profile usually adapts better to any labour environment, given that he or she had already left his or her comfort zone in the past.
The experienced workers of the workplace will also appreciate the new arrival, with whom they may practice English and keep updated about the latest technological trends. We therefore appeal to just funded start-ups, solid groups and societies in general to make a step towards young minds and international workers to include in their labour force.
Placement Italy has just launched a new language course programme for all those who aim to start learning Italian from Italy. Since we are convinced that the linguistic immersion system is the best one in order to enhance your communicative skills, we want to invite you in Italy, either for a shorter or for a longer stay.
Many language courses are already available in several cities of Italy, so far in Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice and Verona.
Placement Italy offers to you different possibilities depending on the time you want to spend in Italy and on your daily availability. In other words, it may be more suitable for you an intensive short-term course if you can only stay in Italy for a month or so. Instead, you would rather choose an extensive long-term course if you want to combine it with other activities such as an internship, a job or your University studies.
Below, the different options you may take into account before choosing a language course abroad:
1. Focus on your purpose The first possibility to approach yourself to the Italian language is to focus on this resolution for a short period of time. Many people opt for this method in order to reach big improvements within few months. It requires a small effort for your part and, in return, you will achieve great results quickly, as is the case of the girl in the following video who, within only 90 days is able to speak Italian quite fluently.
2. Keep calm and learn Italian A second option for you to learn this Latin language is to join our courses during your holidays. You could actually take advantage of your days off to discover one or more Italian cities at the same time that you get involved into the Italian culture and language. Placement Italy puts at your disposal many short-term language courses which would allow you to travel and enjoy your vacations too.
3. Combine your language course with your internship Placement Italy offers to all our international students the chance of both study Italian and work as an intern in Italy. This is an optimal solution for those who feel fulfilled by carrying out different activities at the same time. We could easily arrange for you part time internships in any Italian city and language courses in the afternoon or in the evening.
So far in our series of long-term rental tips for students and graduates staying in Italy, we’ve covered a number of issues including what to look out for in the contract, to the type of situation you should expect with a furnished and unfurnished apartment, as well as factors relating to the internal environment. In today’s article, we’ll be focusing on the factors you should look out for in the external environment surrounding your apartment. Read on and take notes!
- Garbage trucks: Are there any trash bins on the street where your apartment is situated? If so, then you might want to avoid it, especially if you’re a light sleeper, because the super loud garbage trucks typically collect around 5am in the morning until 7am to evade traffic, causing a barrage of noise pollution that can seriously disturb your sleep. If you can’t pass up the apartment up even if it’s situated close to trash bins, then at least make sure that it has double-pane windows to minimise the noise, and prepare yourself to feel the vibration caused by the trucks as they come by during the mornings because it will come through regardless of how thick your windows are.
- Churches: As you may know, there are a lot of Catholic churches in Italy, and they usually ring their bells with every hour and half-hour that passes, a sound which might be annoying for sensitive ears. So if that’s going to be an issue, then you should check out the location around the apartment to ensure that there are no nearby churches.
Should you opt for street parking to cut costs, then you should keep in mind that you’ll have to keep your car off that particular street on days when the streets are being swept. Cars found on the street during sweeping days are heavily fined, and street parking is also unsafe due to the high incidence of street break-ins. So weigh your options up based on your own unique situation and take the best decision for you.
Furnished or Unfurnished?
Your decision to rent a furnished or unfurnished apartment will largely depend on the duration of your stay in Italy. That’s because unfurnished apartments in Italy are very different when compared to unfurnished apartments in places like the US or Australia. An unfurnished apartment in Italy literally means empty rooms with only the bathroom sink and bath, and not even the bare minimum of kitchen appliances or clothing wardrobes, and some might even require a ‘mini-renovation’ like installing light fixtures and painting the walls. So really, a long-term stay is the only logical reason that would justify investing in a mini-renovation for a rental. Also, Italians use the word ‘arredato’ to describe a furnished apartment, so if a rental ad doesn’t have that word in it, then the apartment is not furnished.
On the other hand, most furnished apartments in Italy are nothing to write home about either. A lot of landlords will put old and unkempt furniture for the sake of having it there, and often refuse to remove it on the premise that they simply don’t have anywhere else to put it. That said, there are some rare cases where tenants actually furnish their apartments according to a cohesive decor scheme, with quality furniture and everything, but don’t hold our breath for these, or be willing to do some serious searching before you do.
Italians are not exceptionally well-known for their cleanliness and the state of their rental apartments clearly explains why this is the case. Regardless of whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished, you’re likely to come across things like dust and grime, and in most cases the landlord will not be willing to decrease your deposit for these conditions either. So you’ll have to take what you can get or keep looking.
What to look out for
Below is a list of specific things that you should look out for during your apartment search:
Luckily, landlords are offered a special tax incentive when they replace their old windows with double-pane ones, so you’ll find that most apartments in Italy offer double-pane windows, so you can confidently keep looking if you come across an apartment with only single-pane ones, unless the landlord is willing to replace them before you move in. Be sure to not sign the contract until the windows have been replaced, or strike a deal where both of you split the costs of replacing it.
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