I want to get a job. What should I do?
Making the transition from school to the world of work can seem challenging. You might not be sure what job you want to get or even what your skills are, let alone know where to look and what kinds of jobs to look out for. You’ve heard about your friends doing work experience or maybe even going abroad. So how can you make a success of your own career? With a little bit of research and some advice from people who understand, you’ll soon be on the path to getting your first job. Read on…
Where do I start?
You’ve just finished school or university and are looking for a job… where do you start?
If some of your friends have already found jobs or left school before you and have been working for a while, you might feel left out and under pressure to get yourself a job, fast.
But wait, before you rush into the first job that comes your way and end up doing something that just doesn’t suit you for the whole summer, or even for years on end, stop and think about what you really want to do.
Rushing into a job just for the sake of getting some cash could stop you from getting an even better job, so don’t worry if you spend a while looking up vacancies and doing some proper research. This will be rewarding in the long run. That said, if you really are strapped for cash, don’t be afraid to try something new; it won’t be forever anyway.
Here’s some tips to keep in mind when you’re looking for a job:
Consider paid or unpaid work experience – this could lead to an even better job in the future
Consider setting up your own business
Ask around to see if anyone knows of any vacancies, as word of mouth opportunities could provide the best results
Take advice – speak to a career advisor, your parents, or a more experienced person
Stay calm – it’s not the end of the world to be without a job for a while. Use the time you’re unemployed to your advantage – read, learn something new or do voluntary work.
What benefits am I entitled to?
If you have finished studying and are looking to enter the world of work, you may ‘register for work’ until you find a job.
Registering for work means letting the Government know that you are unemployed and actively seeking employment. If you are registering, you may also be eligible to receive an allowance from the Department of Social Security (DSS) to keep you afloat.
Once you register with the ETC, an application for Unemployment Benefit is submitted automatically to the DSS.
If you’re unemployed, you may be entitled to one of three benefits: Unemployment Benefits, Unemployment Assistance and Special Unemployment Benefits.
For the first time, you will need to register as unemployed at the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) offices in Valletta at, 72, Valletta ACCESS, Melita Street.
Click here for detailed information about registering for work.
Are there people who can guide me?
There are various ETCs offices called Job Centres across Malta and Gozo (these can be found in Cottonera, Birkirkara, Mosta, Qawra, Valletta, Zejtun and Victoria Gozo). Click here for contact details and opening hours of the ETC offices.
Through these job centres you can get to know about the different services made available to you by the Corporation, you can apply for courses, get to know about exposure schemes, training courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and employment and training programmes or subsidies, search for job openings, have your employment or registration history printed and much more. These can be your first contact point to getting to know more about how the ETC can help you.
If you choose to start registering with the Corporation on part 1 (i.e. unemployed and seeking full-time employment) you will be allocated your own Employment Advisor which whom you can discuss what sort of work you are looking for, what your skills and qualifications are, and where to look for jobs most suited to you. The Advisor will even help you draw up a Personal Action Plan (PAP), which includes steps for you to follow when preparing for a career and looking for a job.
You can also visit the ETC website for help online on www.etc.gov.mt where you will find more detailed information on the services. You can also create your own profile online from where you will be able to create and update your CV, search for vacancies, apply for courses etc… The ETC also provides the option of an automailer which is aimed at facilitating your job search whereby it can forward you a daily e-mail with the list of latest vacancies.
Get in touch with an ETC officer by clicking here.
If you’re aged between 16 and 24…
… or if you are a parent of someone in this age bracket… There’s special information for you here!
The Youth Employment Programme (YEP) is a programme which is co-financed under the European Social Fund. Amongst its many services it provides a fun-to-use website where you can easily search for the latest vacancies, learn about special workshops, information sessions and discussions, read tips on looking for jobs, applying for them and preparing for interviews, as well as download advice brochures. What’s more, you can chat online with a representative for some help about looking for a job, your CV, your career, gaining experience or additional training and much more.
Through the website you can also apply for an appointment with a Career Guidance practitioner, Occupational Therapist, or if need be also with a Psychologist. All these services are being offered to you free of charge.
Parents – there’s some stuff in here about helping your kids make career and learning choices too.
How can I improve my skills?
Until you find a job you like, or if you know what job you want, it is a good idea to invest in training and make yourself more attractive to employers.
In an age where everyone uses a computer and so much information is available on the Internet, it would be a good idea for you to brush up on your IT skills with an ECDL course, for example, or perhaps web design.
The Employment and Training Centre offers a number of training programmes in reading and writing skills in Maltese and English; management programmes; cooking and food management, and even front office management.
You can also sign up for apprenticeships if you want to become a spray painter, for example, or an aircraft technician, computer programmer or car engineering technician. The Extended Skills Training Scheme (ESTS) offers young people the opportunity to learn a skill or trade at craftsman level, meaning that once you’ve completed the training you can become a commis chef, or a hairdresser, tile layer, plumber, plasterer or electrical fitter, for example.
You can also get on-the-job and off-the-job training through traineeships organised in collaboration with a wide variety of companies in Malta and Gozo. Find out more here.
Another alternative is to get experience for a job you’re interested in or want to try out to see if you are at all interested in it. You can do this through Work Exposure Schemes. These schemes will also help improve your chances of getting a job as, many times, employers are reluctant to employ people with no experience.
The schemes work like this: You’re placed with an employer for a number of weeks so that you will get some basic experience.
There are two Work Exposure Schemes:
Can I work abroad?
- The Work Trial Scheme – You work for a maximum of twelve weeks with a real employer to gain experience and, if the employer likes you, he may even give you a job.
- Bridging The Gap Scheme – If you are in a disadvantaged position, you can apply for this scheme and be given counselling and advice, as well as the opportunity to experience work first hand through a placement. This could lead to you getting a job with the company you are working with or perhaps somewhere else.
Yes you can!
Ever since Malta joined the European Union in 2004, it has become so much easier for Maltese Citizens to work anywhere in Europe.
Working abroad is a great opportunity to see exciting new places, meet new people and experience life outside Malta.
Because moving to and settling down in a new country can be a bit stressful, a special unit has been set up to help you in all the steps you need to take in order to work abroad.
The unit is called the European Employment Services and is referred to as EURES. You can click here to learn more about it, as well as visit the ETC EURES offices to speak to qualified EURES advisers.
I’m a foreigner. Can I work in Malta?
If you are an EU citizen then you can work in any EU country, including Malta. If you are from the EEA or Switzerland (excluding Bulgaria or Romania) then you and your family won’t need to apply for an employment licence to work here. If you live outside these countries, then after finding employment and before commencing, you or your employer will need to apply with the ETC for an Employment Licence.
Do bear in mind that things might not be as easy you think because of language barriers and even different cultures. But don’t worry, the European Employment Services (EURES) will provide you with all the information and advice you need in order to work in Malta. They have qualified advisors who will help you with anything you need to know from accommodation, transport, culture and general lifestyle.
Persons in Disadvantaged Situations
If you’ve been out of work for more than five years, have a physical or intellectual disability or mental illness, are a former substance abuser or inmate, we know it’s tougher for you to look for and land yourself a job.
This is why ETC also offers supported employment services, such as the assistance of an Employment Advisor, assessment from an occupational therapist so as to help in identifying the person’s abilities, job search guidance and a specific work exposure scheme. It also organises tailor-made training courses to accommodate your particular needs and offers learning support assistance and specialised transport if needs be during the training.
Furthermore, intellectually disabled clients and those suffering from mental illnesses can also benefit from specialised training through cooperative agreements the ETC has with both the Inspire and Richmond Foundations. Learning support assistance and specialised transport is made available to clients as needed during the training.
Through a cooperation agreement that the ETC has with Caritas (Malta), former substance abusers can participate in a specialised programme which offers both training and work exposure opportunities.
You can even get paid while you receive training…
If you are on minimum wage (meaning you earn less than €160 a week) and attend a training course at the ETC, you will receive an allowance of €25 a week. This will help you get by while you improve your skills and your chances of getting a better-paid job. You can choose from over 100 different training courses in areas like languages, trades, information technology, electronics, engineering, mechanics, clerical work and in management. These courses are all completely free.
If you have children…
You can receive €1.50 per child for every hour of training for childcare services through ETC’s Childcare Subsidy Scheme. That way, you can work a bit on you and your lifelong learning, which will give you the chance to get a better job with a better pay.
I have a great idea for a business…
Then start your own!
If you want to start your own business you can sign up for INT (Ibda Negozju Tiegħek). INT is an entrepreneurship programme which provides training, advice and counselling on how to start a business and successfully make it work. You will also receive a grant of up to €5,000 if you attend at least 80% of the training modules.
I know I can do it… I just don’t have a certificate
If you’ve got skills, knowledge or competence in a particular occupation but don’t have any formal qualifications to show for it, then you can undergo the Trade Testing System in order to receive a Certificate of Competence.
The Trade Testing System is in the form of:
A Theory Test
A Practical Test
Logbooks (if you sit for the trade test after you’ve completed an apprenticeship or traineeship scheme)
And it is offered at three levels:~
Whatever your skills – from jewellery-making to ICT, and hairdressing to tile laying – check the long list of occupations to see if you can apply for the Trade Testing System by clicking here.
Help the Community
If you’re out of work, it might be a good idea to use your time to help out in the community. You’ll be helping others and also keeping yourself occupied. Doing voluntary work could be an opportunity for new work experience and it could help you get a new job. You might even make new contacts which could lead you to a job.
There are so many people in Malta who could do with your help, so look into volunteering at orphanages and crèches, the YMCA, cancer foundations, youth groups, and other NGOs.