Landing a decent job in Sardinia is no easy task. Finding a job that I feel comfortable and happy with is proving to be difficult. Last week I wrote a post called My Expat Lives | Celebrating 4 Years in Sardinia, Italy. In that post I highlight some of the struggles I’ve faced and overcome in the last four years. I’ve decided to write this post in hopes to inform people who Google: expat Sardinia, expat work in Sardinia, expat life in Sardinia and so on.
I’ve received several emails from people all over the world asking me questions about life on this beautiful Mediterranean island. Questions about daily life, working life and language.
There is a lot of competition for jobs on the island at the moment, the unemployment rate is through the roof and the employers are using that to their advantage, by paying the employees a lower wage. It’s a sad state of affairs for the unemployed in Sardinia, now imagine being an expat.
This post will highlight some of the struggles I’ve faced in the last few months while trying out new jobs.
My Expat Job Struggles | Sardinia, Italy
- Job One – I’ve been waiting for this job since March and have been told each week to come back the following week. This is the job that I want with all my heart. It fits me perfectly and I know I am the right candidate for the job. I’ve been told that I have this job, so why the run around?
- Job Two – The first two interviews were fantastic. The boss was really keen on good communication and honesty. I had the job hook line and sinker. After waiting a week for The Boss to call I went into the establishment and spoke with The Boss. The Boss was rather surprised to see me, and somewhat flustered that I was even there. I asked when can I start, he gave me a start day. I arrived on my start day and the Assistant Boss had no idea why I was there. The Assistant Boss asked why I was there as they had just hired another person last week!! I told The Assistant Boss that The Boss told me to come on this day. The Assistant Boss called The Boss and I overheard The Assistant say “Oh, you didn’t know Jennifer was coming?” When The Boss finally arrived it felt like The Boss didn’t want me there. The Boss could not look me in my eye and spoke dialect when conversing with the staff.
- Job Three – This is a new job to me, a job I have never done in my life. I thought it would be nice to change things up as I’m getting tired of my old job. The interview went well and was told that the first two days would be “testing” days. I was in over my head at this five-star establishment. Trying to do a job I have never had training in and in a different language proved that I was not the right candidate. I spoke with the Head Manager who was sweet, kind and helpful. The Head Manager told me that my Italian is not fast enough for this demanding job, that my Italian is great for one on one conversations but this is not a job for one on one. It’s a demanding high-volume job. I truly appreciate the trail run at this job and the fantastic people I met. I now know what I need to improve on if I want a job with five stars.
- Job Four – My Blog. It’s strange how many people have come out of the wood work since my interview appeared in the local newspaper. I was contacted a few days ago by someone who is interested in my blog, and they are interested in working with me. We made an appointment for 6pm, I showed up, they didn’t.
- Job Five – This job is a 30 minute drive from my town and I don’t drive. I appreciate that The Owner even asked me knowing I don’t drive. This job would have been perfect for me as I would have complete independence. Alas without a license to drive I cannot take this job.
I’ve tried to keep these jobs as general as possible to protect the identities of the people involved. I really just wanted to highlight the struggles I have had in hopes to educate others who are thinking of moving here.
If I were you, I would think long and hard about making the move to Sardinia for work.
Friends, it’s not easy.
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- Learn Italian – I’ve studied Italian for four years and for a five-star establishment it’s still not fast enough. You cannot get by in Sardinia without a basic knowledge of Italian. You cannot work in Sardinia unless you speak Italian. There are no English-speaking jobs (unless you are an English teacher – but you will still need Italian to communicate with your bosses.)
- Compete with others – The job market is slim to none at the moment and the competition is fierce. Can you handle the pressure?
- Drive – If you are coming from Canada/Australia your license is not valid. You will need to take the road and written exam … all in Italian, see number one. If you don’t drive and happen to live in small mountain town like me … good luck.
I hope this post will help others in their decision in becoming an Expat in Sardinia. Life here is not all sunshine and sand, there is a reality hidden under the surface, a reality for which I have just revealed.
What expat job struggles have you faced? Your comments and opinions are important to me.