“In Italy there is a lack of foreign talents and in the South the situation is really critical. Here in Barcelona I am happy “

“Abroad if you are worthy, there are no attitudes of superiority and, basically, you earn twice as much as in Italy “. Marco Fortino, 34, was born in Cosenza and raised in Casali del Manco, in Calabria. The third of three brothers, two of whom are “children of the world”, as his mother likes to call them, he left as soon as he graduated. He now lives and works in Barcelona. For him, the main problem of Italy is the lack of foreign talents: “You don’t have the opportunity to compare, to grow with colleagues of different nationalities,” he says.

Marco has spent his last ten years abroad, between Ireland e Spain, working in large companies and hi-tech companies after graduating in Marketing Management from Staffordshire University and a masters in Business Administration from Bologna Business School. A year ago he joined an Israeli startup based in Barcelona, which operates in the health sector. Sea, climate, culture, internationality and opportunities of all kinds “are the features main that best describe the city ”and that“ make it one of the most beautiful in the world to live in ”, explains al fatto.it.

The pandemic in Spain has affected the economic and socio-cultural aspect of the country, bringing substantial changes in lifestyle, on methodology working and “sui processes, more than on the development of career”. “Here – he continues – the employee is left with the complete right to to decide whether to work from the office or from home “.

Marco works in the business development area and deals with the internationalization of the brand. Every morning meets his team to plan the day’s activities and results expected. “Contacts with the Colleagues I’m frequent: at the base of everything there is a deep knowledge among the team members, due to systematic meetings, both during working hours and extra hours, also promoted by the company, with the aim of create connected work groups“. In a startup, the responsibilities are “many more” than those of working in a large company. The company needs to “grow rapidly to always guarantee new resources, necessary for the sustainability and success of the project”. We need “creativity and innovation, the environments are stimulating. Decisions are much faster and you always have the opportunity to to work con i founders”.

Per Marco there are several differences in the world of work compared to Italy. “Abroad the professional growth it is faster. If you have built your skills through studio and experiences, they are all recognized to you. The relationships between the figure professional, even if at a hierarchical level they are on different levels, they are equal and there are no attitudes of superiority ”. The main difference lies in the lack of foreign talent. “What Countries and in companies where I worked I have the opportunity to confront myself daily with Colleagues of different nationalities. This leads me to see, know, apply and test new methodologies, listen to points of view completely different, enrich my knowledge professional e personal”.

Earnings too, he explains Marco, are significantly higher. To this must be added a more advantageous tax system, which still improves as a foreign citizen working abroad. “Today in Italy, with the legislation on the special regime for i workers returnees, my tax advantage is reduced. Indeed, it no longer exists – smiles Marco -. The only motivation to return would be to get closer to mine family”.

Italian training for Marco it is of the highest standard, even if “it should improve in the practical aspect to facilitate the introduction of young people into the world of work”. “If I had stayed in Italy I would still have had to get away from it family and give it friends – he says -. The situation al South It’s really criticism: the opportunity professional they are few, underpaid and often you have to ‘know’ the right people to access ”. If he hadn’t left to go abroad Marco would be living or working in a city of the Northern Italy, “With slower personal and professional growth”, he adds. And colleagues stayed in Italy? “They can’t wait to visit me,” he smiles. Everyone made their own choices: “Among my friends there are those who are satisfied and those who are less. I live in Barcelona because I feel good and I hope my friends are happy too, wherever they have decided to live. If they don’t, it’s up to them to change ”.

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