If you are studying in Italy, you may think that to look for a job, and to prepare yourself for it, is not your n.1 priority for the time being. You may think there will be a time when the University will take care of your job orientation, giving you all the information and tools to access to job market in order to find the job you are looking for, and to achieve your professional objectives.

Unfortunately, your expectations will probably be disappointed.

Many courses of studies in Italy are very qualified from a scientific point of view and can provide a very complete set of competences in the field you have chosen as the topic for your studies. But very often, with few exceptions, very little attention is paid to help and support you into the next step: how to apply what you have learned at University. It is what is called the “self-reference” attitude of the Italian academic environment, that sometimes can lead to a kind of isolation from society.

There are “pros and cons” deriving from this situation, but what you can take for grant is that you must take the ownership of your professional development, starting from scratch. If You don’t take the weel, nobody will do it for you!

San Martino has spent many years in helping and supporting foreign students in the process of approaching the Italian job market and develop their professional project. The consultancy of San Martino can range from the bureaucratic support in order to convert your permit for study into a work one, to real help in preparing the resume and managing the job interview.

But before going through the whole process, our suggestion is that you start answering a few questions:

  • Why did you choose your course of studies?
  • How was your previous image about your future job?
  • Has this image changed during the years?
  • How do you imagine yourself in 5 – 10 years?
  • Which steps have you foreseen to achieve your professional objectives?


We will start from here for the next step.