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Postby Nick14 » Tue 31 Dec 2013 02:14 GMT

Hi everyone and thanks in advance for reading this.

I'm 26 and have recently graduated from uni with a 1st class degree in international tourism and hospitality management. I've been applying for jobs in the UK for the last 6 months in the travel industry and have not had any luck finding one. I have to admit, its staring to get me down now.

Before I went to uni I worked in a shop for a year, as a travel agent for 2 years and for a vehicle tracking company (admin/sales/customer service) for 4 years. During that time I also backpacked around the world and spent a lot of time in different countries. When I was at uni I did a management work placement in a hotel and then worked part time on the bar throught my studies.

So, I have a degree in tourism and hospitality management, experience of working in the travel industry and experience of the hospitality industry. Can any one tell me what my chances of finding a semi - decent job(travel/tourism/hospitalty)in Malta is please? I don't expect a high salary, just something a little above minimum wage. I really really want to start a professional career now, I don't speak Maltese but I'm a quick learner and a hard worker, I'm sure I can pick it up within 6 -12 months.

I'm selling my car and booking my tickets in the next couple of weeks. I visited Malta on a family holiday and love the place. I guess you don't get if you don't try ......

Thank you all so much for taking time to read this. Any advice which you can give me is much appreciated.

Wish you all the best for 2014

Nick
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Postby gozomark » Tue 31 Dec 2013 07:58 GMT

Hi Nick, and welcome to the forum :-) just so you are aware,minimum wage here is only about 4 euros an hour. You've got the right attitude to succeed but tourism is very quiet for the next few months
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Postby Nick14 » Tue 31 Dec 2013 13:33 GMT

Thanks for your reply gozomark.

I know it is off season in Malta now, I was thinking it would be a good time to try and learn some basic Maltese and start searching for jobs before the season begins.

Do you happen to know any hotels or tourism companies who are hiring staff at the moment?

Kind regards

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Postby gozomark » Tue 31 Dec 2013 13:49 GMT

I dont, and nows the time they lay people off for a few months - a few months time should be more suitable time, so your timing could be good, as long as you have sufficient resources to live on in the mean time.

After being here for 3 months you haver to apply for a residency card, and to do that you have to prove you have sufficient income/capital and health cover
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Postby stini » Tue 31 Dec 2013 22:11 GMT

Nick14 wrote: it would be a good time to try and learn some basic Maltese


Hi Nick,
you could start just now!

This book http://www.ebook3000.com/Learn-Maltese- ... 44055.html
you can buy, or for little money download. A little bit old fashioned but one of the best, imo.

Saliba books: This series of books is very new and very good as well:
http://www.bdlbooks.com/educational/446 ... eries.html
You can try, but I don’t think you will get it in the UK.

These links are old but not bad.
http://www.aboutmalta.com/grazio/maltesegrammar.html
http://aboutmalta.com/language/survival.htm
http://aboutmalta.com/language/engmal.htm

And here some more links:
-- Online learning with audio:
http://www.surfacelanguages.com/language/Maltese

-- Words (divided in Word classes) and Sentences:
http://www.mylanguages.org/maltese_phrases.php

-- Learning games:
http://www.digitaldialects.com/Maltese.htm

-- Vocabulary (words, sentences and grammar) trainer:
http://ilanguages.org/maltese_flashcards.php

-- This its about days,months,seasons and some festive greathings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inndfInYFS0

Good luck! :-)
Ix-xewqat sbieħ għas-Sena l-Ġdida, li nittama tkun mimlija riżq u saħħa.
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Postby Nick14 » Tue 31 Dec 2013 23:02 GMT

Thank you stini, much appreciated
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Postby stini » Wed 1 Jan 2014 15:25 GMT

M'hemmx imniex.

In case of any questions (especially grammar), I'd like to help.
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Postby Nick14 » Wed 1 Jan 2014 19:39 GMT

Thanks again stini!
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Postby Nick14 » Wed 1 Jan 2014 19:41 GMT

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