How to develop a social and professional network in Malta

  • Malta capital
Published on 2016-12-02 at 12:00 by Veedushi
Sunny weather, relaxed lifestyle and entrepreneurial mindset — Malta is well on its way to becoming one of Europe's top expat destinations, attracting affluent foreigners, expats, and well-travelled professionals looking to not only reside permanently on the island but also develop a professional network.

At first, Malta may not seem as your typical corporate location for building a professional network in. However, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that the island is constantly improving its competitive position. The advantages of operating in or from Malta also include the country's flexible, highly trained, and multilingual workforce. The island's low crime rate, Mediterranean climate, and its good educational and healthcare systems make Malta an easy sell for American, Asian and European expatriate executives.

How to develop a social Network in Malta?

  • Explore groups online and take part in leisure activities: Canoeing, fishing, hiking, water skiing, windsurfing, and many more.

  • Be part of the festivals and mingle with the locals: The Maltese islands offer many local festas where you can meet your neighbours and everyone in your area.

  • Go to pubs: For the football fans, Malta offers plenty of pubs where you can enjoy football games, especially during the weekends.

  • Join a sports club and be active in competitions: Many expats join different golf clubs, football clubs, or water polo clubs as part of their active daily life.

How to develop a professional network in Malta?

  • Speak and share: Take every opportunity to speak about your business, idea, and passion. This includes everything — from talking about what you do with the local shop keeper to atending local events, and sharing your opinions on how to strive for success. Another great asset is to become a speaker at events, or an influencer within a specific area and field. Like minded people will quickly become part of your business network.

  • Participate and join: Join professional organisations, but limit yourself, as it's better to be part of fewer organizations, and take an active role in them than to belong to many with superficial connections to the membership. Engaging truly allows you to get to know people, and establish long term valuable contacts.

  • Write and publish: Writing articles and e-articles is a great way to communicate your passion and interests. Put aside some time to write about your activities and thoughts. Discover printed and online publications and talk to them directly about possible contributions. The readers of your articles will start looking forward to read more from you, and will become part of your network.

  • Create and respond: You are looking for things that don't exist? Then, feel free to create what's missing! Malta is pro-business oriented, and will gladly welcome entrepreneurial mindsets.

  • Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to build professional relationships while giving back to the community. Your network will grow along with your sense of contribution and accomplishment.

Malta has become a cosmopolitan mecca for different cultures and nationals looking to establish a new chapter in their life. To be truly successful at networking, you need to be continuously making new connections while nurturing the relationships that you already have. A country full of history, passionate people, excellent weather, and crystal clear seas, Malta offers the best fusion of the traditional and the sophisticated, the luxurious and the intimate, and embodies the very best in Mediterranean charm.