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A Guide to Working Abroad in Milan

Milan is Italy’s largest metropolitan area and the leading financial, industrial, and commercial center of the country. Home to over 5 million inhabitants, it is also one of the largest and most influential cities on the entire continent of Europe. With a rich history spanning thousands of years and a highly modern infrastructure, which has led it to become Italy’s leading city in the wake of World War II, Milan is a premier destination to work abroad in Italy for individuals of all nationalities and career goals.

Jobs Abroad in Milan

It is possible to find job opportunities in Milan in nearly all sectors of global commerce. Italy’s economic beating heart, there are a large variety of important companies hosting jobs in Milan in the areas of finance, communications, marketing, and engineering. A highly influential center of fashion and design, those serious about pursuing a career in fashion will often find their dream job in Milan.

For those interested in more temporary jobs in Milan, there are many work abroad programs that help international workers obtain employment in the city for short periods of time. Most of these job placements revolve around teaching English as a second language, au pairing, or working in tourism and hospitality. Fulfilling jobs in Milan for a short period of time is a great way to experience Italian culture, without breaking your bank, and earn valuable global experience to place on your resume.

Since Milan is a global city with many multinational companies and organizations, it is possible to find job openings that do not require applicants to be adept in Italian. However, your employment options in Milan will expand greatly, and your life will become much easier both in and out of business settings, if you make an effort to learn the local language. Italians are very charismatic people and you will not regret dedicating yourself to learning Italian during your job in Milan.

Life in Milan

Milan is a diverse and sprawling urban area with endless entertainment and culturally fascinating places to explore. From world class museums, such as the Pinacoteca de Brera Art Gallery, to countless theater and concert venues and the San Siro football stadium, which is home to both of Milan’s championship caliber teams (A.C. Milan and Inter Milan), there is never a dull moment spent in this lively and upbeat Italian city.

Milan is one of Italy’s busiest hubs of transportation, and it is home to five major railway stations. The metropolitan area is efficiently connected via a metro and railway system, making travel throughout the city conveniently accessible as well. While working in Milan be sure to take advantage of your surroundings and explore as much of the city’s diverse neighborhoods and architecture as possible; from Ancient Roman to Art Nuveau, there is artwork on display all over Milan’s vast cityscape.

The cultural transition to life in Milan might prove challenging at first for foreign workers, but you will soon come to embrace the fun Italian lifestyle in your new home. Italians are quite theatrical and engaging people, making life both entertaining and inspiring. The work culture is fairly relaxed compared to many other countries, and qualities such as friendliness and sincerity will take you a long way.

One more thing – Italian food in Milan is unbeatable!

Salary & Affordability

Italy can be an expensive country to work abroad in for foreign nationals, and Milan is no exception as it is the main financial center of the country. Average salaries vary greatly between fields of work in Milan (as they do in every country). In general, you can expect temporary jobs in Milan to earn you enough to get by in Milan though. However, temporary workers shouldn’t expect to save up much money working in Milan. Take the metro, shop conservatively, and don’t eat out all the time, and you should be fine!

Accommodation & Visas

Milan is quite an extensive urban sprawl, so finding housing can be a daunting task from the get-go. When looking for accommodations take into account such factors as cost, proximity to your place of work, and distance to the nearest metro station. Some of the most popular neighborhoods in Milan are Porta Romana, Piola, Corso di Porta Ticinese, and Navigli. Rent varies heavily between neighborhoods, so spend time researching options that will fit with your budget! Living in a studio apartment or renting out a single room of a flat are popular options for foreign workers new to the city.

European labor laws allow residents of the European Union to live and work in Milan without applying for a visa. Citizens of countries outside the EU face a more difficult situation when seeking out employment in Milan, as they are required to file for a work permit with the endorsement of a local employer. One benefit of going through a temporary work abroad program in Milan is that they can usually set you up with a temporary visa quite easily. You can check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more information from the Italian embassy in your home country regarding your specific requirements.

Benefits & Challenges

Obtaining a job in Milan will prove to be a fun and exciting challenge that will leave you with invaluable work experience and a delicious taste of the Italian lifestyle. From the people to the food to the city itself, the opportunities for entertainment and cultural exploration never expire in this Italian metropolis. Milan is an increasingly influential city with a fascinating history and regional context, so finding a job in Milan can be the beginning of something truly special.

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