“After completing my studies, I looked for a job but I received only waste. I felt guilty and started to depressed, I was fat and I saw everything black. Today I smiled again, I make plans, I have a clearer picture of the man I want to be. However, I found this thrust outside of Italy ”. Tancredi Vella, 30 years old originally from Ospitaletto, in the province dand Brescia, today lives and works in Malta where it deals with risk management and law enforcement for a consulting firm. Shortly after graduating in Law at the University of Brescia, Tancredi started sending out CVs like many young graduates, and like many of them he found the closed doors. “After a year I managed to find an internship in a banking consultancy company in Milan – he says -, in the meantime I had started a master in risk management. I took 800 euros per month, impossible to live in a city like Milan “. So, Tancredi decides to look up and start making applications all over Europe: replies Ireland. An important international asset management company in Dublin offers him a contract: “Another internship but this time with a salary that allowed me not only to live but also to save something”.
With the arrival of Covid, the world stops. Trancredi returns to Italy but “by now what I had seen a Dublin it didn’t entice me to stay ”. An awareness that will lead him to take a plane ticket for Valletta when a well-known financial consultancy firm makes him a contract indefinitely. No internship: “Now I have a salary with which I can make plans for my future”. But it’s not just a question of money. “Both here and in Dublin I was able to manage projects, budgets. Nobody made me weigh the 91 taken as a graduation grade or my origin from a not so famous university: I was given trust, something that has been in short supply in our country for some time ”. Meritocracy, autonomy, the concrete possibility of getting involved and risk on the part of a company that bets on someone. “They gave me the opportunity to grow in a work environment where there is often solidarity between colleagues, where you team up to get a result – he explains -, I have been given the space to act independently”. The environment, then, is young “With an average age of 35 years”. And often this makes a difference, especially in jobs that require new approaches. “In my brief experience a Milano I was able to see how deep the intergenerational rigidity was, which often translates into mental rigidity ”. While abroad “you are an asset and not an obstacle”. “Here at 30anni you can already be a director: you don’t have to hope to become an influencer to carve out a position for yourself. You can aspire to start a family on your own, even buying a house without the help of parents ”.
Italy, however, remains a country where training is good: “Above all on theory, and this allows you a lot of versatility compared to Anglo-Saxon training which remains too specific on certain subjects or sectors”. But, then, we come up against a world of work perched on “archaic” systems. “There are anti-money laundering jobs that in Italy require ten years of experience, while abroad they are easier to access – and he emphasizes – here there is not much difference between public and private, you do not have a guaranteed place as if you were to win. a competition in Italy. They’ll make the contract for you, then if you go well you stay on, otherwise they’ll send you away “. Tancredi does not rule out a return in the future, but not now. “Our country is too far behind respect certain working and contractual dynamics. There is a lot of talk about returning brains, yet I often hear that if you have not made a career in Italy you are not well regarded – he concludes -. For example, there are international certifications that abroad can make you double your salary based on your position: in Italy they don’t even know what they are. I am sorry that there are friends in Italy who are victims of a precarious work system, but for my part I am happy to finally see my wings unfold ”.