Monday Jun 24, 2024

The Expat Files: Damien O’Farrell on Navigating Life and Work in Italy

In our first episode of the monthly series “The Expat Files” here on The Real Life in Italy, Evelyn interviews Damien O'Farrell, an expert on global mobility who has lived in Italy for over 36 years.

Damien shares his journey from moving to Italy to assist a friend, to running a teaching business, and eventually starting a global mobility agency.

We also get into just how important it is to show Italy not only as a place to retire but as a place to create a life and work. Damien also offers insights into the most promising industries and skills for a lucrative career in Italy, underscoring the necessity of hard work and continuous learning.

Essentially: Figure out if Italy is right for you. Be Decisive. Do the Work.

Time Stamps:

00:56 Meet Damien O'Farrell: A Global Mobility Expert in Italy
01:48 Damien's Journey to Italy
03:43 From Teaching to Global Mobility
05:54 Adapting to Change: Business and Technology
08:53 Challenges and Opportunities in Italy
15:26 Deciding to Stay in Italy
20:00 Navigating Bureaucratic Hurdles
21:57 Cultural Quirks and Public Administration
24:55 Daily Life and Work Realities
29:49 Economic Challenges and Work Opportunities
38:16 Advice for Long-Term Living in Italy

Damien O’Farrell a Global Mobility Expert and Expat Coach with over thirty years of experience in Italy. He specializes in facilitating smooth transitions for individual and corporate clients adapting to Italian life. His services include immigration, relocation, citizenship, and expat coaching programs

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