東海大學 工業設計系 吳同學
這五個月來，公司的同事大概是和我最親近的義大利人了，我幫他取綽號叫優格(剛好與它的名字 Jorgo 諧音)，它是個小我一歲的男生，然而它只有高中學歷。起初我對於它的學歷非常的訝異，而後他才向我說明這在義大利是司空見慣的事情，許多人是高中畢業後便到社會上就職了，繼續升學甚至到碩博士的學位是有一定門檻的。它在公司負責的除了監督專案的運行，同時也身兼工程師的職位，並且是他透過網路自學的技能，這對像我這樣從小補習補到大、上盡各種才藝與先修班的我來說是非常了不得的。
Actually, five months was too long for me at first, and I really wanted to quickly return to the familiar hometown as soon as possible. However, now that the whole project is over, I realized that five months is really instantaneous. While continuously enriching my work, travel and study, my journey of self-exploration in Italy is over, too.
I still remember that during the pre-departure briefing session, the professor kept reminding us that while our lives in Italy begin, it is important to think about our own goals of live, and what we want to learn during this program. Five months is fast, through this opportunity to go abroad, we must think about how we can change our values or attitudes during these five months.
Maybe most people just think of it as a cliché. However, after listening to the professor advice, I accepted this “quest”. I think it is a very important thing for me to think about since what I can take away from the Italian internship in these five months, and how much effort I can pay for the company will deeply affect my future career planning.
In the past five months, my colleague are probably the closest Italians to me. I gave him a nickname called Yoger (just similar with his name Jorgo), he is a twenty one-year-old boy, and he only has high school diploma. At first I was very surprised about that, and then he explained to me that this is commonplace in Italy. Many people have taken up employment in society after graduating from high school. There is a certain difficulty for most people to continue their studies or even to obtain a master's degree. In addition to supervising the operation of the project, he is also an engineer in the company. He also learned C++ through the Internet by himself, it's amazing for me.
I also discussed with him that if you have a professional skill and also are a rare person in Italy who can speak fluent English, have you ever thought about going to bigger cities or other European countries for the better development? He believes that if it is not just him, many people can actually go to better places to develop. If all you want today is better treatment, living in a more convenient and developed international city, then isn't leaving home a good option? However, what many people worry about today is not just salary issues, cultural differences and family factors have greatly affected their decisions.
During college, especially in the first two years of enrollment, which I was still full of enthusiasm, and during leisure time, the topics between me and my classmates revolve around studying abroad, overseas employment, and so on. For us, seeking a job in Taiwan is always in the last place, I want to run abroad once I have a chance. After all, in the course of studying, it is not difficult to find that many attractive things can always be found abroad. Well-known large enterprises, humane employment culture, and excellent labor benefits, etc. It seems that developing abroad means that they can seek for themselves a higher quality of life.
However, after rethinking my plans for the future, I found that I needed to review them. In short, I didn't know what I wanted. I remember one day I was fortunate enough to be invited to a friend's house for dinner. They are a couple living in another mountain town called Assisi near Perugia. They are both native Italians and have been married for many years. After dinner, we gathered in the living room to chat and drink oak whiskey cherished by our friends. Based on curiosity, I couldn't help asking whether they had any plans to live in a big city. They admitted that they did have such an idea. However, for various reasons, they finally dispelled the idea. Indeed, in terms of their education level and working ability due to their working ability, the current salary is indeed low, but it is still sufficient to meet their daily needs. If you move to Milan, you will indeed get a better salary. It is not a problem to find a better job according to their ability. However, Milan is already a relatively modern city in Italy. Although the transportation is convenient, Milan ’s housing prices are relatively more expensive, and mostly are apartment-type houses, the most important thing is that their close friends and relatives live in the small city of Assisi, they are reluctant to leave!
Compared with others, my expression of emotion is relatively dull, and even if after living in another country for five months, I didn’t be sad because I miss my family. However, I have to admit that after experiencing this long foreign life, when the moment I set foot on Taiwan, I couldn't help feeling a sense of "joy" emerging. I… still love my hometown.
In the past, I just thought that if I went abroad for further studies, there would always be better treatment, more favorable benefits, even more developmental. These might be the truth, and indeed many people have achieved their ideal life through this channel. However, as the saying goes, "There are gains and losses." Going abroad for further studies means leaving family, friends, and facing a completely different foreign culture. If it is purely for better salaries, I think I should reorient and find the goals I want, rather than using salaries as the sole criterion. Although money has a profound impact on the quality of life, however, what I saw from the values shared by my Italian friends is that life is composed of many trivial firms, and everyone have different views on life. In the past, I always thought that I should live for work, but in terms of the healthy growth of body and soul, work should never fully occupy one's life. From Italian people, I feel that they may live in a slow pace. Even under the circumstances, Italy may be a laughing stock in the world. However, I think that Italians are the people who really know how to enjoy life. They are not workaholics. They know how to enrich their lives and how to make their days meaningful.
Hu Shi once said, "Life is meaningless. If you can give it meaning, it has meaning. Rather than meditating on the meaning of life all day, it is better to try this life to do something meaningful." It is always good to have a dream. And what is the dream job in my mind, after excluding excellent salary, what is left? It seems that I must think more carefully and have a different plan for the future I want.
CHANEL 首席設計師 Jean-Paul Goude 手稿 (展於米蘭 In Goude we trust 特展)