Finding A Job In Italy (as an English Speaker and General Overview)


So you want to work in Italy? Time to bust out the bowtie hey hey what’s up? I’m Rafael Di Furia AKA Rafi Di is me back at it again and let’s get back into it but first THIS THING IS CHOKING ME! okay so… you want to come to Italy and work here there’s a few things first so let’s
start out with the basics you need a “Codice Fiscale” at the very least to
get a job because they have to take care of taxes somehow also you’ll need to be
in a legal position where you can work but before we get into the video if you
want to see more content like this please be sure to subscribe hit the
notification button if you could also give the video a like I’d really
appreciate that there are some people who do come here as students however if
you come here as a student you are severely limited the amount of hours
that you can work per week and you don’t want to go over what you can legally do
it’s not a good idea it’s no bueno anyway this video is inspired by one of
you who decided to get in contact with me over social media
Sonny C. wrote “I follow you on YouTube..” hey thanks “…is it possible to get work in
Italy as an italian-american if we are not a hundred percent fluent? I’ll be
recognised as a citizen of Italia shortly” well Sonny I’m going to try to
answer this to the best of my ability in short don’t expect to get a very high
level job or really any kind of job if you don’t speak Italian but if you only
speak English potentially you could get a job as an English teacher however
really for anybody who even if you have a small basis in Italian it’s not going
to help you much when you’re trying to get a job you really need Italian if you’re
trying to get any kind of job here however if you only really speak English
potentially you might be able to get work as a private English teacher
through a private language school if you’re trying to teach at a public
school or a private school they do generally prefer that you do speak
Italian however that depends on where you are
I’ve personally noticed in areas that are smaller they’re a bit more flexible on that… I know in some of the bigger cities that there are some schools where you do have
to have all of the proper degrees and all the certificates and all of that
however in some of the smaller areas you can just go in with a TEFL or a CELTA
certificate if you’re going to get a TEFL
or a CELTA be extremely careful as so many of them are scams and yes you will
need some documents if you’re wanting to work here like the “Codice Fiscale”
if you want to see more about that you can check the card up in the corner or
if you don’t see a link to that check down in the more info section below and
I’ll leave a link down there and also you’ll need a “Carta d’Identita” or a
passport but if you want to teach privately on your own what you can do is
you can go to your local library or coffee shops and ask if you can put up a
flyer some libraries and universities and colleges you’ll actually have to get
permission and with a stamp on it to be able to put up a flier but personally
I’ve gotten the most inquiries and private students through posting up
fliers at the local university but keep in mind most of the enquiries that
you’ll probably get if you’re posting at a university here will be for getting
certification in English… many young Italians want to leave the country and
maybe go to an english-speaking country and for that they need to be able to
prove that they have a particular level of English and usually that’s through
the Cambridge exam but we’ll talk more about teaching English in a different
video I’ll do another video about that in the future so be sure to be
subscribed for that what I would probably recommend to somebody who
really only speaks English and doesn’t want to teach English is try to get a
job where you live before you leave but not just a job a remote job… data entry,
marketing or consultancy because if you can start becoming a digital nomad
before you leave and start building up some sort of solid income before you
actually arrive here that will make things here a lot easier however that
won’t necessarily make it easier for you to get an apartment and it doesn’t
matter what kind of job you’re doing even with teaching English if you don’t
have a long-term contract it may be a little bit tricky to find an apartment
here if you’re wanting a proper contract really the bottom line is you need
Italian if you want to get a job here and because you’re an English speaker it
may be a nice asset to have however it’s not a unique selling point Italy is
unlike a lot of other countries that I’ve been to I found that in other
places that I’ve traveled to like Portugal for example English is much
more widely spoken depending on where you are especially in the Algarve in the
south and it’s possible function without learning any of the
local language however Italy isn’t quite like that and even if you want to become
a tour guide out here for example you still need some Italian and you need to
have it be on a pretty good level so you can speak with tour operators and other
strategic partners Italy for better or for worse and I think actually in some
ways for the better is a country where you can’t really get around if you don’t
have the language and at least in my experience I mean yes okay you can get
around in the touristy areas but if you’re living here you’re not a tourist
but if you really want to function in Italian society you need the language
even if you just want to get a job at the American consulate aka
McDonald’s aka the Golden Arches aka Mickey D’s you’ll need some Italian in
other countries like I had mentioned in Portugal for example you potentially can
get a job if you’re only an English speaker but here in Italy the average
person on the street they don’t really speak English so much and in some places
people may become offended if you don’t speak Italian to them but when you try
to speak Italian people really do appreciate that and even if you go for a
job interview and you can show them that you speak some Italian at least just the
basics of what you need to function for that job they’ll really appreciate that
and even when you try to use Italian in general on the street people completely
warm up to you in a completely different sort of way also there’s some other
factors which you need to take into account currently Italy’s financial
situation isn’t the best and there’s around 11 percent unemployment I think
it’s actually a little bit less than that but the unemployment level changes
depending on what part of the country you’re in regardless of the type of job
that you’re trying to get here it’s worth having a relevant resume but just
so you know for those of you from North America in Europe generally they call a
resume a CV or sometimes “curriculum” in Italy or “curriculum vitae” what will also
help you even more even with posting a flyer for teaching English at the
University or library or whatever is if you can have it in English and Italian
especially the Italian is probably even more important but anyway sunny I hope
that gave you a little bit of a better idea of the situation out here and I
really wish you the best of luck when you come out here anyway that’s it for
this time I really hope that this helped at least a few of you out there and as
per usual this is an open conversation so feel free if you have any questions
or anything to add feel free to leave them down in the comments
here on YouTube or to get in contact with me over social media and also if
you want to see more content like this please be sure to subscribe hit the
notification about and if you could hit the like button too I would really
appreciate that as it all helps the channel and as always I’m Rafael Di Furia aka Rafi Di is me and I’ll see y’all next
time later

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