The fourth edition of the International Careers Festival will take place in the magic city of Rome from the 24th to the 27th of March 2018. If you dream an international career, don’t let this opportunity pass by and participate at this unique event where there will be the most important european institutions, the United Nations, NGOs, multinational companies, famous journalists, translators, but, mostly thousands of young people from different countries in the world.
More than 10.000 young people have already applied for the event and, because of the large number of requests, in order to enable all participants to carry out the registration procedures in time, the new application deadline is set for 26th of January 2018.
How to carry out the registration process:
1) visit our web site http://www.internationalcareersfestival.org/login.asp
2) fill out the application and choose your favourite project
3) activate your account
3) log in and complete the registration
Main activities provided during the Festival are: Guidance for an International Career, Simulations, Meetings with Industry Experts, Competitions with Thousands of International Students, Opportunities for a Successful Career, Honing Skills and Talent. The Festival is composed of four main projects from which participants can choose the one most suited to their academic background, professional aspirations or general interest. The four projects are:
- ROME MODEL UNITED NATIONS - diplomatic simulation of the United Nations. Recommended for students of (or those interested in) international relations, diplomacy, political science, law
- ROME BUSINESS GAME - simulation of business realities involving case study competitions. Recommended for students of (those interested in) economics, business, management, marketing, computer science
ROME PRESS GAME - journalism and media (web, tv, radio) simulation. Recommended for students of (or those interested in) communication, media, translation and interpretation, literature, philosophy
INTERNATIONAL CAREERS COURSE - a guidance course filled with practical workshops for a successful international career. Recommended for students from any faculty/academic background
Furthermore, the Festival has an area which is entirely open to the public: the International Careers Fair. The Fair is a large exhibition area open to both participants and the public alike. It will be divided into two different sections: the education/university area and the work/internship area. It favours the interactions between students and experts, whether they are looking for study/training/internship/work opportunities.
Don’t hesitate: start your International Career today!
Giovani nel Mondo Association
Via Policarpo Petrocchi 10
00137 Roma – Italia
edited by Elisa Onorati and Martina di Giovanni
The International Careers Course is one of the four projects that students can choose in the International Careers Festival. All faculties students can apply with around 500 places available and 50 scholarships made available by the Association Giovani Nel Mondo. English will be the official working language during the four days of the project and participants will live a truly international experience in a definitely multicultural environment.
The course is dedicated to teaching the dynamics, mechanics and the procedures which are the foundation of the structured, complex, and competitive world of careers within international organizations and institutions, such as, the United Nations, the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, NGOs, Multinational Companies, and Investment Banks. The world of "international careers" requires a high level of preparation, academic merits and experience, and this is the reason why this course helps to be well informed about which path(s) to take, to have the right preparation, and the requirements and skills necessary to work in such a context. Therefore, the objectives of the Course are: to steer students towards the right path for an international career, to inform them about real opportunities offered to young people, to guide participants through the identification of an ad hoc path to follow in order to have a competitive CV, to optimize their job searching approach and capacity and to provide them with soft skills - invaluable competencies required by the labour market.
The Course is articulated in different areas of interest:
- Competitive Exams Area that will offer the participants a comprehensive overview about the world of International careers. Some important competitive exams, such as EPSO contest for the European Union and the Diplomatic/Foreign Service Exams, will be introduced by our experts,
- Working Abroad and Focus On Institutions, in which Countries, UN agencies and NGOs will be explored and participants will get in touch with Ambassadors, UN Officers, Delegates and will learn the opportunities to work and study abroad,
- Languages Area, that will focus on the importance of language certifications and unusual languages skills in a successful CV
- Soft Skills Area that it is fully dedicated to the soft skills learning, such as decision making process & problem solving, communication skills (speech and public speaking), technical skills, team working, etc.
The course will consist of information sessions with experts of the field providing the students with their experiences and advices about the main opportunities for educational paths and stage in Italy and abroad, seminars, and meetings with HR managers of international institutions, NGOs and multinational companies. In addition, the course will be structured around workshops and sessions to improve CV and cover letter writing abilities with simulations of interviews, simulation of competitive exams, simulation of language certificate exams. Workshops will be held by some important international bodies officers that will enrich the Course. Some organizations of the first edition are Amnesty International, UNIDO, Telefono Azzurro, Doctors without borders, ONE, ISPI and others. There will be also the opportunity to participate to in-depth roundtable discussions of individual sectors and Role-playing games to acquire and hone skills.
Participants will also have access to the International Careers Fair, the perfect chance for interaction and possible recruitment opportunities with companies, NGOs, and international institutions.
At the end of the Course, all participants will receive a certificate of participation, with this certificate they can also start preparing their Europass passport of competencies. The passport attests to the skills and competencies they will have acquired throughout the Course and is especially valuable for one's CV.
There are a limited number of places. Applications are open here!
For more information:
Giovani nel Mondo Association
Via Policarpo Petrocchi 10
00137 Roma – Italia
Martina Di Giovanni
The Rome Press Game is one of the four project of the International Careers Festival! The project is the only simulation in the world totally dedicated to the world of journalism, international communication, and interpretation and translation. The Rome Press Game, given its multicultural approach to the world of information, is also the perfect practice for all aspiring translators interested in working as part of an international news team, reproducing materials in multiple languages. All participants will have the chance to prove themselves and become a reporter for few days from the 23th to 27th of March 2018 during the International Careers Festival in Rome. Apply here!
The project allows participants to take part in a truly multicultural environment and interact with students from over 100 different countries. It is a great opportunity for all high school students, university students and/or graduated students in communication, literature, media, international relations and journalism.
The Rome Press Game gives participants the opportunity to experience four days as real journalists as they interview ambassadors, UN officials, and other special guests. They will also be tutored and guided by industry experts, technicians, cameramen, and journalists in order to create professional media.
Journalists will carry out their interviews with the contribution of thousands of young Festival participants and our many prestigious personalities and special guests taking part in the event. Participants of the Rome Press Game will be divided into teams and will follow a set schedule of activities. The team that stands out the most, and is thus chosen by our judges, will be awarded various prizes such as interview and internship opportunities with our partners.
The simulation uses the "learn by doing" approach so that participants can acquire a full spectrum of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of journalism and media, such as learning the tools for proper sociopolitical and economic analysis; journalistic writing skills within the environment of new media; the necessary skills to utilize new means of multimedia and online journalism; refined writing ability and capacity to relate within a structured news/editorial team; designing and developing informative products, whether traditional or innovative; team working skills; ability to interact with the public and heads of media as part of a press office; the preparation of manuscripts.
Therefore, this simulation is most suited for students of journalism, communication, translation/interpretation, languages, literature, and philosophy. It gives students first-hand, practical experience to put on their CV because, although only a simulation, it replicates all aspects of the media, allowing students to fully comprehend the dynamics of the industry and the behind the scenes work of what we read in newspapers or see on TV.
Applications are open here.
Read the welcome message of the new Program Director of the Rome Press Game!
For more information:
Giovani nel Mondo Association
Via Policarpo Petrocchi 10
00137 Roma – Italia
by Martina Di Giovanni
Terrorism, Turkey-EU relations and the reliability of media
On the third day of the International Careers Festival, we had the chance to listen to Murat Salim Esenli, Turkish Ambassador in Italy, who held his speech on terrorism at the simulation of the UN Security Council.
After outlining a timeline of terrorism and the diverse tools used at different points in time, he pointed out the lack of a common definition of terrorism at an international level.
No shared vision makes impossible to create a shared strategy to face the issue.
According to the Ambassador, a widespread mistake is considering terrorists as part of “subspecies”. Instead, he suggested that “we should recognize that they are humans like us, but they use human potential for negative aims”. Terrorists, indeed, are smart because they use political and religious beliefs as powerful means to attract followers. So, if we want to fight terrorism, we should first acknowledge the intelligence of our enemies.
Another crucial aspect is that the association of Islam with terrorism is misleading. In fact, as Mr Esenli explained, one of the fundamental teachings of Islam is that killing a person means killing the whole mankind. Therefore, terrorist groups claiming of operating in the name of Jihad have no religious base whatsoever.
The Ambassador goes on, underlying that terrorist groups are monitoring closely the resolutions made by the Security Council, since their silence means their inability to react.
Then, he focused on Turkey’s position on terrorism, listing the terrorist groups operating in his country: PKK, YPG, DHKPC and FETÖ. Their combination is a burden for Turkey, especially the latter, which triggered the failed coup d’état of 15 of July 2016.
Among the questions of the audience emerged the one posed by the French delegate, who asked the Ambassador how to distinguish the thin line between terrorist groups and resistance movements. Mr Esenli replied that the answer could be found in the concept of self-determination of people outlined in the UN Charter. However, according to him, this concept should be analysed carefully, because the first concern should be preserving the unity of the country. Moreover, liberation movements should reconsider their means, because they cannot claim legitimacy if they keep using terrorist methods.
At the end of his speech, he kindly gave us an interview.
Q: What do you think about the depiction of Turkey by the European media?
A: We feel that the European media has not been fair towards Turkey, they seem to be very inclined to pick negative elements, making broad generalisations. This is bringing a certain division between the Turkish communities living in Europe and that of Turkey. We feel that media has a very serious responsibility in doing an accurate reporting. When we start making broad generalisations we are led to the wrong conclusion, thinking that the conclusion drawn by the media is correct.
Q: The European Union has a polarized attitude towards Turkey. On the one hand, EU desperately needs Turkey to cope with the refugee crisis, on the other hand, it tries to retard its access to the Community. What do you think about this contradiction?
A: Well, I think that this contradiction is absolutely enormous because we have made this huge sacrifice hosting 3 millions Syrian refugees. Turkey is now holding the largest refugee population in the world and we have so far spent 25 billion US dollars. In 2015 with 1 million of Syrian refugees, the entire European institutions were shaken and unprepared. When we make a comparison on the economic front, we could realize that Turkey is a country with 8 hundred billion US dollars of GDP, and then when we look at Europe, especially EU, 15 trillion US dollars of GDP and 5 hundred million people. And they cannot handle 1 million people. This is a huge shame. And still with that, we try to help our EU partners. And the media still does not appreciate Turkey’s efforts on the humanitarian front. They also do not recognize that Turkey is fighting against five different types of terrorist organizations, so we are making a contribution on the security front of our NATO members and EU partners. On the humanitarian front, on the security front and then we are constantly criticized.
The EU of course is a country we would like to have more chapters open with, we would like to intensify our relations, and hopefully come to point where we could become a full member.
Q: Just one more question, have you got any piece of advice to improve the relationship between Turkey and the European Union?
A: In terms of our relationship with European Union, our door is always open. In 2016 we had three summits. During one of them, we managed to strike the 18 March Agreement, that was fundamental to stop the flow of refugees from Turkey to Greece. We, as Turkey, have been fulfilling all of our commitments and, at the same time, we expect EU to fulfil its commitments. But it does not. And that’s why we have a certain frustration. And the EU is very quick to define itself as extremely innocent in that. We find that to be very far form the truth, because we made our accords, we are fulfilling our commitments, they made their commitments and we expect them to honour theirs.
Beatrice Petrella, Francesca Lanzillotta and Paola Giuntini
After three days of hard working and learning, the participants of the International Careers Festival are now facing the International Careers Fair. In this whirl of opportunities, the European Commission’s stands captures the attention. At their stand it is possible to be informed about different projects such as the European Solidarity Corps or the Eures. The European Commission works with translators too and offers three different possibilities to them. The first is the internship. Every year the European Union offers paid or not paid internships t o graduates that want to acquire a professional experience as a translator. The trainers are selected between European citizens and citizens belonging to accessing countries. According to the disponibility, some institutions could accept trainers coming from extra-European countries. It is possible to apply doing the online application. Once you are selected you are in a so-called blue book list and you might be called in order to do an internship which lasts 5 months. When the internship is paid you will receive 1100€ at month. The application are opened twice a year: in March and in October. The second possibility you have is a free-lance career. It is not a permanent contract and it is annual. Each translator can renew the contract for a maximum of six years and a competitive tender is made each 4/5 years. Then, the possibility to work with a permanent contract as translator is the EPSO competition, which is defined by a test of logical reasoning and communication. Then, you are called for an interview. When you win the tender you are in a list from which the names are drawn. In every situations, the required target languages are: Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, French, Greek, English, Irish, Italian, Lettish, Lithuanian, Maltese, Netherlands, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, German and Ungherian generally in combination with English, French or German. You will have the opportunity to work for the various European organs such as European Commission, the European Parliament among the others. Thanks to the European Union you can the chance to prove your skills, improve them and working as a real translator. Do not miss this chance!
Have you got a talent? Are you looking for a job and you don’t find it? You have a super idea but you don’t know how could you use it? It’s simple, <Just Knock> and the door will be open. What is JustKnock? Visiting the International Careers Fair, you have the opportunity to know this internet platform, Just Knock, which allows you to find a job by sending ideas instead of curriculum vitae, avoiding every kind of discriminations, independently from youra ccreditation, sex, nationality and role in the society.
The itinerary to follow is this: the company creates a profile with guidelines for areas in need of ideas. The next step consists in sending the ideas to Just Knock, which will be examined from the company, that has 30-day long esclusive access to the ideas and can decide whether to discover the CV of the person behind it.
At the end the corporation, to discover the identity of the creator, makes an offer and then they will collaborate together.
From one day to another, you could work in a great agency, multinational or enterprise.
What are you waiting? Send your ideas and Just Knock, maybe it will open a good start for your career!
Vincenzo Francesco Romeo
The last day of Rome Press Game 2017 we attended an interesting workshop held by important professionals in various fields. In particular, the intervention of Dr. Jacopo Caucci von Saucken, academic professor and honorary consul for Spain in Perugia was really inspirational.
Dr. Caucci von Saucken talked about his duties as Honorary Consul for Spain in Umbra and Marche regions. He highlighted the importance of his role supporting Spanish citizens during their residence in Italy: for examples, he faces bureaucratic procedures and legal issues.
There are at least 400 hundred Spanish university students, and Dr. Caucci von Saucken helps them with administrative procedures of the university of Perugia. He shared some experiences he had in recent times, dealing with Erasmus students. For instance, he told us that he received a phone call from the Italian Police because a young Spanish boy was charged after a fight in a club. So, he had to wake up at 4 in the morning in order to recognise his citizenship (he had lost all his documents), helping him during that delicate moment.
He also described a difficult moment he had during the last, devastating earthquake that shocked the centre of Italy, especially Amatrice and Norcia; he had to work with the Spanish Embassy and the Italian authorities in order to recognise the body of two Spanish citizens that were among the victims. So, he kept in touch with their families, using tattoos and personal effects to ensure their identities.
His speech was so eye-opening because he gave us a different perception of an international career; considering pros and cons, he showed that Embassies and Consulates are not as far as we imagine: they are always ready to help citizens and temporary residents.
The International Careers Festival 2017 in Rome concentrated, for instance, on press, business, UN, etc., and bringing multicultural, educated, creative and enthusiastic young people together from many parts of the world, almost comes to its end. However, we tried to find out their opinion about the Festival right inside the UNINT, while they were walking around in the corridors of the University, or drinking coffee in the cafeteria. Despite the classes of the Roman University were closed, many students purposely attended the building for having the chance to visit stands of several international organizations in cooperation or social field in order to get information about job and study opportunities, but also to meet new people coming from different countries who have different language background.
Although, the best way to understand UNINT students’ impression and feeling about the festival was to ask Sara and Federico.
“It’s all about a world without borders, where everyone gets the same chances. That’s what the festival means to me. Students coming from all over the world remind
me the genuine beauty of one world’s utopia,” – says Sara, a student at the third year of the Law Faculty of the UNINT.
Federico, instead, seemed to be more concrete about the values of this brief international experience. “In my personal opinion as an economy student at the same University, the festival and his participants show the unfair competition among Italians and foreign students in the job market. We luck some important skills such as team leading, problem solving, time management, naturally related to foreign students’ mindset and high demanded by companies. Plus, foreign students normally have multi-language abilities, while in Italy we still need to work on language flexibility. Indeed, the main problem of Italian workers abroad is the lucking effective communication that they do not learn during the studies,” – he adds.
Through the eyes of Italian students is possible to report feedbacks of this event, most of the students is thinking about of being a future participant as evidence of festival’s ability to attract people thanks its innovative programmes.
Edited by Valentina Di Micco
Startups and less known ONGs are well represented at International Career Festival 2017, along with bigger companies and associations like Barel or UNICEF. Some of them shared with us what they can offer to the participants of the fair and what they are expecting from it.
JustKnock! – Stand 27
JustKnock! (justknock.it) is an online platform that connects ideas and opportunities. It was founded in March 2015 by Marianna Poletti on a simple but radical principle: don’t let your CV define who you are.
On their website you can either apply to a job offer by creating your own project or submit your original ideas to the company you love.
Alice Giacomelli (Events & PR): “What we want is to foster meritocracy. That is why, when someone send his or her idea to our website, companies cannot see who he or she is until they are interested in it. We are here to meet young, passionate people, to advise them both on job seeking and as startuppers.”
Alphagamma – Stand 16
A business portal for millennials, Alphagamma (alphagamma.eu) is a digital magazine that focus on career advices, updates on finance and entrepreneurship and education opportunities.
On their website you can sign in for a free consultation on your ideas, and you can also download a mobile app to keep you updated on everything’s new in the business and marketing world.
Arthur Gopak (CEO & Editor-in-chief): “The International Career Fair is a great opportunity for us to meet new professionals we can help, and anyone who’s interested in business development, marketing, journalism and writing.”
Inside Factory – Stand 13
A startup created one year ago at VoipVoice, an ICT company with more than ten years of experience, Inside Factory (insidefactory.it) provides both digital and professional training. Tuscany based but covering the whole country, they help companies with their blogs and social media management, and organize workshops and conferences.
Martina Giacomelli (Marketing & Sales Manager): “Being at the Career Fair is a chance for us to better understand what are the interests and ideas of students and young people. It is as well extremely useful as an exchange of views with other companies and associations on professional training.”
ONE – Stand 26
ONE (one.org) is not actually what you’d call a small ONG. Founded by Bono Vox, singer and leader of U2, at the end of the last century, it can now count on more than 7 million members around the world. Still, the Italian branch of the organisation is small, but growing fast. A campaigning and advocacy ONG, their focus is on poverty, preventable illnesses (like HIV, malaria or tuberculosis) and guaranteeing children their access to education.
Nicola (Volunteer): “ONE is currently promoting two campaigns, ‘Poverty is sexist’ and ‘#GirlsCount’. Last week Italian volunteers met with vice-presidents of parliament to launch the ONE Youth Ambassador program in Italy. We are here to advocate for ONE campaigns and recruit youth ambassadors to support us all over the country, putting pressure on politician both at a national and at a local level.”
Lunaria – Stand 11
Lunaria (lunaria.org) is a voluntary association organising international work-camps in partnership with the Alliance of the European Voluntary Service Organisations, a network with more than 50 associations promoting young volunteering around the world.
Flavia (volunteer): “Our association want to inform young people on volunteering as well as promote peace, solidarity and fighting racism. Our camps are an extraordinary opportunity to get to know different lifestyles from more than 60 countries while volunteering for a good cause.”
Giovani nel Mondo Association will guide you!
As the sun shines, Rome welcomes the International Career Festival Fair 2017. The fair will be in place from the 13th to the 14th of March. Don’t miss out!
This morning hundreds of students both from high-schools and universities lined up in front of the UNINT (University of International Studies of Rome), waiting for the fair’s doors to open. Students are full of vibrant expectations concerning prompts and opportunities that the non-profit organization Giovani nel Mondo has organized.
Let’s take a step back to understand what and who we are talking about. Giovani nel Mondo Association pursues educational and cultural goals at the national and international level. Its primary focus is assisting and accompanying youth and young adults, between eighteen and thirty years old, on their educational path and encouraging their whole growth.
The two-day-fair hosts more than 50 stands varying from universities such as the University of Padova to non-profit organisations such as Amnesty International and WWF, united by their mission to inform young people about what opportunities they have on offer. As the representative of Amnesty International Marek Rembowski explained to us, their purpose at the festival was to give young people an insight as to the ambitious work that is at the root of the organisation as well as possible internships.
An ambitious project which finds its core uniqueness in the capacity of combining organizations that operate at an international level as well as locally. Such a varied event is a rare chance that must be awarded for attempting to build a bridge between the education system and the world of work. Often this is the hardest hurdle to overcome as a young person trying to find their way in the world, it is for this essential reason that a fair which enables greater communication and guidance during this time is necessary aid.
The CEO and executive president Daniela Conte, who assisted the fair, discussed the main goal of the Fair that consists in filling the gap that emerges between theory and practice which is the University-Work dilemma.
So start building that bridge! What are you waiting for?
Shanthi Kodituwakku and Eleonora Orso, Team 2