Moving to Malta as a German speaker: advice from someone’s who has done it
The best advice usually comes from people who have ‘been there, done that.’ So, to help you decide whether moving to Malta is a good idea, we spoke with somebody who moved to the island without having a job or any family waiting for her – a brave decision, but is it one that’s worked out?
Zsuzsanna Olah moved to Malta in September 2016, having spent some time in Dublin, Ireland. She explained why she was drawn to the island, which sits in the Mediterranean Sea, just 80 km (50 miles) south of Italy.
“While I was staying in Dublin, I travelled to Malta on vacation, looking for some sun and sea,” she said. “I instantly fell in love with the place. The sun was always shining, the sea was warm – compared to Ireland anyway – and the people were super-friendly. I also couldn’t believe how beautiful the island was architecturally – there are three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Malta.”
Zsuzsanna quickly felt that Malta was more than just a good place to spend a vacation – it had the potential to be her next home. She didn’t waste any time and started planning her re-location to the island immediately after returning from her vacation.
Finding a job
Within a month of moving to Malta, Zsuzsanna secured a job at Tek Experts as a customer advocate manager, acting as a point of contact for customer inquiries. She had heard that the company was looking for German speakers – Zsuzsanna, raised in Hungary, spoke German as a second language – so she started to research the business.
“I really liked what I saw on the Tek Experts website, such as the ‘friendly working atmosphere’ and ‘continuous professional development.’ I also liked that I would be speaking German every day, so I applied for the position” she explained. “I was then invited in for an interview and I must have done really good, because I got the job!”
Settling in a new country
Getting a job at Tek Experts was good for Zsuzsanna for a number of reasons – not only was it good financially, but it also gave her access to people who had a local knowledge of the island.
“My colleagues really helped me settle in,” she said. “They welcomed me, showed me the best places to hang out, and included me in their social activities. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
The helpful nature of her colleagues also extends to answering work-related questions; ensuring that everybody is doing the best job they can.
Zsuzsanna said it’s now her job to make new arrivals feel at ease and show them around. “I give them advice on how to make the most of the experience, both in terms of how to fully embrace the laidback, Mediterranean lifestyle, and how to be successful at Tek Experts.”
“When working with customers using logic and understanding is needed. It is important to show empathy at first, and then using common sense to find a solution.”
So would she encourage others to move to Malta? “Yes. I have no plans to move on from Malta right now, even though I love travelling and explore new places on my holidays!”