Roberta Savera, from Aosta to Dublin for web and technology giants

An interest in foreign languages ​​and travel always makes choices Roberta SaveraWhether at school or at work. An opportunity born by chance thanks LinkedInled her in IrelandWhere he worked for several leading companies in the world of technology and communications. Then Roberta adopts a Dublin His new home, new habits, and friendships, but his relationship with the Aosta Valley remains strong. The emergence of the epidemic has awakened in Roberta the desire to return home to be closer to her loved ones and friends of all time and the opportunity to work in it. smart work It can help her achieve this without having to give up her legitimate career and ambitions.

Where did your journey begin?

Since I was a child I have always had a natural inclination to study foreign languages. She attended the Binel-Viglino Linguistic High School in Verrès, after which she enrolled inUsta Valley University Choosing the Languages ​​and Communication course for Business, Territory and Tourism, and in 2007 she took a three-year double degree between Aosta and Chambery. Prior to graduation, I also completed an internship in Switzerland at USI, andItalian University of Switzerland, an opportunity that allowed me to take my first steps in technology, study new forms of communication in “Second Life” (a virtual world) and write an entirely English dissertation on the subject. After the three-year course in Aosta, I decided to continue my studies. At a time when I dreamed of working abroad, in a humanitarian organization or in a European institution, so I decided to do a second three-year degree, in political science, and then a master’s in government and administrative sciences, in University of Turin.

What prompted you to move abroad?

During my studies I was constantly studying or mainly worked abroad between switzerlandAnd France and Belgium Where, in 2009, I did an internship at the representative office of the Aosta Valley in Brussels. I have always imagined my future working outside national borders, and in 2013, that materialized with my move to Ireland. That year I was completing my master’s thesis and was working at Pont-Saint-Martin in a call center for Core Informatica for Engineering SpA, where I supported several companies in resolving software and hardware issues.

To ease the pressure on the thesis a bit, I was glad to update my LinkedIN profile in different languages, including English. This is how a source contacted me from The Google. Google was looking for staff for a technical support team in Italian and English, with advanced knowledge of languages ​​as well as experience in the IT support/helpdesk field, my profile matched what the company was looking for. And so my Irish adventure began, because after going through a series of interviews, I received a job offer for Google Ireland. It all happened so quickly, in August 2013 I moved to Dublin and haven’t moved since.

What fluctuations led you to change the company?

In Ireland, I changed three companies in 9 years (from The Googleto Microsoftto Facebook), but I’ve always stayed in technology. Every change has always been the result of my desire for professional development. Once I realized that my career was “on hold”, i.e. I wasn’t learning new things or wasn’t completely satisfied with my job, I was committed to finding a new job and interviewing. In addition to being an educational experience in itself, it was also a way to explore the job market and understand the skills required, as well as the salaries offered to these professionals.

The prospect of change, new acquaintances, and new opportunities have always motivated me. In Ireland, the technology sector It offers many job opportunities, so it is very common to move between different companies, to the point that most people do not stay in the same company for more than 5 years. Those who change usually do so to grow professionally, sometimes returning to the previous company but with a broader professional background. One of the important concepts that I practice is the concept of “based on strengthworkThe work should ideally align with the person’s strengths, passions and interests.

I admit that this is not always practical, but it is a recipe for winning wherever possible. I’ve tried to take this approach over the years, given what I wanted to learn, how I wanted to develop professionally and what made me so happy. I also became less demanding in wanting to follow a predetermined career path at all costs: at the time of university I imagined my path as a straight line, but This myth has now been conquered. If you look at my past, my work experience It is multifaceted and nothing but linear: I did internships in public bodies and universities, worked in call centers, even took jobs at big tech companies. There is no linear profession nowadays, people have to try different professions before they understand what they really want to do in life.

It’s not a problem not knowing what you want to do when you grow up and there’s no shame in wanting to leave a job to try others or pursue career paths that best align with your strengths. This awareness has helped me to explore new job opportunities and also to stay less attached to the permanent job, because I know it is there There is always something new waiting to be discovered. I decide the path I must take, not the work that determines my path.

Do you find that there are better conditions abroad in terms of merit, and better career opportunities, especially for women?

Without a doubt! Firstly, It is talked about very franklyprejudice“(Bases) towards certain groups of workers. Talking about them openly and realizing that such biases exist is the first step to identifying them and limiting their negative effects on workers. Second, businesses in Ireland are investing heavily in promoting diversity, equality and inclusion (not just between men and women). , but between different groups and minorities of workers.) Diversity is an essential element in creating expressive teams plurality of viewpoints, based on their cultural and personal background. Inclusion ensures that these perspectives and diversity of opinions and experiences are respected and celebrated within the company.

Finally, with equality, we ensure that it is given to all workers Equal access to opportunities. Companies invest heavily in creating awareness of these concepts, through training courses and conferences or simply by speaking openly about these issues. Personally, I have always been respected as a woman and also as an Italian immigrant. I’ve always had the same opportunities as other workers (promotions, important projects and even the opportunity to become a manager of a team of people, without having years of previous people management experience). Regardless of gender, I have always been rewarded based on my merit, my skills, and my desire to manage and make the changes and new opportunities that come my way.

What was the effect of changing cities especially on private life?

In general, I’ve always been in the habit of traveling, so the first few years didn’t have much of an impact on movement. I was very excited to live in a new city, to make new acquaintances and to experience a new reality abroad. Dublin is a city on a human level, which has its pros and cons. It is very quiet, and the people are very nice. However, if compared to other European capitals, it does not offer a large number of services in terms of culture and entertainment (music, museums, theaters, etc …) and over the years it began to They suffer a little from this lack of alternatives. Also, being on an island, the only way to get around is by plane.

I really miss traveling by train and car and visiting other European countries without having to take a plane. The friendships and passions left in Italy are among the things I miss the most, despite the fact that during these nine years I have built a new network of friends and acquaintances in Ireland. The effect was definitely the biggest From the point of view of housing: Houses in Dublin, as in many other European capitals, are expensive and small. Unfortunately, you will have to be satisfied, because the rental market does not offer much.

What do you do in your spare time (hobbies, passions, …)?

In Ireland I discovered new hobbies, such as cycling. Living in a city has made me rediscover my love of nature and travel. For work, I often travel to the United States, where I visited beautiful canyons and natural parks, and as soon as possible I like to organize trips to new places, especially in Northern Europe.

Have you ever thought about going back to Italy?

The positive note brought by the pandemic was the acceleration of smart action. I’m thinking about the idea of ​​going back to Italy and working remotely at my company. To tell the truth, the idea of ​​going back after nine years and finding everything scares me a bit Very different from what I left, or not being able to get used to Italian culture anymore, but at the same time, the idea of ​​being able to continue my career in the same sector – but close to my loved ones – fills me with energy. I hope to be able to make a decision soon!

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