Member Spotlight: Alessandra Sisti
Next up in our Member Spotlight series we have the wonderful Alessandra Sisti! We had the pleasure of interviewing Alessandra and talking to her about her decision to move to Malta, life on the island and what she loves most about her job.
Grand Central: What do you do for a living?
Alessandra: I work for a relocation company that helps people living all over the world relocate to Italy and Malta.
Grand Central: Cool! And, on a busy day, what would you say is your best productivity trick?
Alessandra: Well…one thing I try to avoid is multitasking as much as I can because it’s actually a very bad habit! I tried to quit and just focus on one thing at a time, but it can be difficult, especially if you are writing an email and then you receive a call. It can almost be impossible to avoid it.
Something that works for me is making an old-fashioned task list with just pen and paper. No tech, no apps.
Grand Central: And what’s one work related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
Alessandra: There are quite a few cases I’ve worked on but what makes me feel successful is building good relationships with my customers. And I would say that I have good relationships with most of them. I genuinely like to help people and feel useful, so my role is great for me.
In most of these cases, I’m helping people settle in another country. It feels good knowing they’ve settled in well and feel more relaxed, so they thank me and that’s really satisfying. Sometimes they’ll send me photos of what they’ve done or pictures of their pets and it’s really nice!
Grand Central: That is so lovely!
Alessandra: It is. I think that to do this job, you need a lot of empathy and I know that it’s one of my soft skills. Also, in the past when I worked in tourism, the key to my success in sales was building a good relationship with customers, and many of these customers I’ve become friends with so it’s nice.
Grand Central: That’s so good. And how did you end up living and working in Malta?
Alessandra: Well, I’m sort of a nomad…or a citizen of the world so to put it! At one point I lived in Russia and I was studying Russian, then I lived in Chile for seven years and then returned to Rome! After I made a decision to choose a country in Europe because Chile was just too far. I entertained the idea of living in Rome again, but I thought, if that didn’t work out that I could live in 26 other European countries!
After a while I looked for jobs in Mediterranean countries and my options were Malta, Greece, Portugal and Spain. I received a job offer for a company based in Italy that gave me the option to either be in Rome or Malta which worked fine for me as I still had my apartment there and I’d visited Malta many times anyway.
I eventually chose to work in Malta, and I couldn’t be happier. I feel like I belong here.
Grand Central: And what do you love to do in the Island in your spare time?
Alessandra: I love swimming, sunbathing and going for long walks. When it’s the summer I love to wake up early, around 5:30am, and stroll around the Blue Grotto which is very beautiful. There’s a panoramic roof and it’s just stunning!
Grand Central: That sounds lovely! And how did you end up at Grand Central?
Alessandra: The company I work for had rented a private office at Grand Central initially as three of us were meant to go to Malta from Italy…but then COVID happened so in the end it was just me. We downsized and just rent a desk for me.
Grand Central: And what’s your favourite thing about Grand Central?
Alessandra: Everything! I enjoy the rooftop, not just for the BBQs, but for the amazing view. It’s honestly one of my favourite places. You have a beautiful view of the Grand Harbour. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I just come here, look at the harbour and it’s very calming.
Also, Ollie (office dog) is an angel and I love him!
Another thing I love is the people here. Iain and Sarah were able to build a sense of community, so this isn’t just a coworking space. Everyone here is nice and generally speaking, I have a good relationship with them.
The effort they put into building a sense of community is so important because almost all of us are foreigners and we moved to Malta alone. Being able to have that network of expats who have been through the same thing is reassuring.
Grand Central: And what would you say is one of your best memories at Grand Central?
Alessandra: There are so many good memories here actually, especially with the events and BBQs. But actually, the other day I returned to the office because I spent two days in Rome. It was such a lovely surprise to see everyone so happy that I was back. Everyone was so sweet and asking me about my trip because they knew I had to do something urgent. It’s just so nice that people actually care.
Grand Central: That is really sweet! Give me the top two reasons why you’d recommend Grand Central?
Alessandra: The location is wonderful and honestly, I feel privileged working here. Also, the people here are just so nice and friendly.
Grand Central: Awesome. And if there was anything you could change or add to the place, what would it be?
Alessandra: Sun beds on the rooftop! When summer arrives, I’m sure we’ll all be fighting for them!
Grand Central: Maybe everyone can book a half-hour slot on the system!
Grand Central: And what words of advice would you give to anyone who wants to relocate to Malta?
Alessandra: It really depends on which country you’re coming from. It’s a really different experience in Malta and I think a lot would depend on your current habits. I mean, Northern European people should probably prepare themselves because Malta is a Mediterranean country and so things can be very relaxed here. It’s not the same as city life in London or Berlin. But it’s a good idea to visit and see if you like the lifestyle before moving.
Grand Central: Great, thank you for your time!