Around 2000 participants from 100 countries. More than 160 promoters from all over the world. 4 different simulations, seminars and many workshops for young people to chose from in order to develop further knowledge and gain insights in the fields of economics, politics and international relations, communication and journalism. The Executive Director of the association in charge of the organisation and planning of the Festival, Daniela Conte, proclaimed at her speech in the opening ceremony on the 24th of sarch at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, that this festival can be seen as “a journey of friendship, opportunities, challenges, hope and inspiration”. But what does the festival stand for exactly?
For the ninth time this year, young people from all around the world come to the “eternal city” of Rome to participate on the International Careers Festival 2018 from the 24th of March until the 27th of March 2018.The Festival, which has been initiated by the non-profit organisation Giovani nel Mondo with the RomeMUN in 2009 and later developed as it is today, stands for cosmopolitanism and interculturality.The whole festival consits in the RomeMUN, the Rome Business Game, the Rome Press Game and the International Careers Course.
In the Rome Model United Nations delegates have to represent a specific country in a committee, which has been assigned to each of the delegates before. The 10 committees deal with topics, for instance migration policy in Europe, quality education, the situation of refugees in the world and possible interventions to ensure global security by the nuclear disarmament. Besides, prestigious speakers are invited to present speeches regarding these various topics; for instance: Ambassadors, professors of the Rome University of International Studies.
Interculturalism and internationally are relevant topics in the Rome Buisiness Game, too. The Program Director, Luca Marco Giraldin Von Lahnstein, welcomed 1000 participants this year. Economists-to-be can exercise themselves in learning more about economic strategies, leading companies and resolving economical and political difficulties within a current expanding world. Hereby, the interest for intercultural issues, on which the whole festival stands for, can further be stimulated. The connection between economy and culture helps to widen one’s own horizon and opens the access to a cross-cultural and cross-cutting knowledge.
The Rome Press Game is the third simulation and focuses on journalism, international communication, interpretation and translation. Thus, the participants are asked to report on the International Careers Festival and write appropriate articles, record radio-broadcasts, and create and edit videos. During her speech at the opening ceremony, the Program Director of the Press Game, Shanti Kodituwakku Hettiarachchilage underlined the possibility to gain the so called soft skills which can only be developed in a multicultural environment while creating also interpersonal relationships.
Gaining international experiences, simulating the real working life, challenging oneself and testing one’s boundaries, improving one’s ability to work in a team, getting to know new people from different cultures- these are just some of the answers participants gave regarding their motivation to participate at the International Careers Festival.
Also the International Careers Fair, which is accompanied by 44 exhibitors, takes place at the Rome University of International Studies on Monday the 26th of March and Tuesday the 27th.
Within the fair, mock interviews, workshops, CV reviews and recruitment sessions are offered by the companies which take part, including "global players" like LIDL, UNICEF and UNESCO Giovani.
Through a wide range of tasks, the international level of participants, organisers and topics stress the original idea of the Festival to be an occasion where talent meets opportunity.
Eva Münster – Rome Press Game – Team 2
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
On the 13th and 14th of March the International Careers Fair took place at the UNINT of Rome. It is an opportunity for students of all ages to come across several and diverse chances to apply for students’ exchange programmes, University courses, interniships and volunteering programmes in Italy and abroad. Walking inside the exhibition pavillon is the perfect way to taste the international and intercultural flavour of the Fair.
Exploring students’ exchange programmes, the World Education Program offers a wide range of choices. WEP was born in Belgium in 1988 and it owns 5 official offices in Italy nowadays(Milan, Turin, Bologna, Udine and Rome). This organization covers all ages, starting from high school programmes to employment opportunities and internship opportunities in companies. WEP promotes cultural, educational and linguistic adventures in 62 countries, dealing with 20 different languages.
Among all those organizations, there is Fulbright that started in Italy in 1948 and became a bi-national program in 1975. “The Fulbright Program” was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries”. Fulbright offers 7 scholarships to all disciplines up to a total of $38.000, 2 scholarships for MBA up to $100.000 in cooperation with Ethenea and one scholarship to law students up to $20.000.
Since the global hospitality industry is experiencing an unprecedented level of growth, the Business & Hotel Management School of Lucerne City in Switzerland trains the global leaders of the future. B.H.M.S. allows students to choose between the Degree in Hotel & Hospitality Management and the Degree in Global Business Management. The peculiarity of this School is that each year is divided in 6 months of lessons and 6 months of internships paid up to 2.000 euros. B.H.M.S. includes the Culinary Academy that introduces students to the world of food production through basic operation techniques and hands-on core competency training.
If you are a student looking for practical experience in global development the World Bank’s Internship may be right for you. It offers highly motivated and successful individuals an opportunity to improve their skills while working, the Bank Internship seek students specializing in economics, finance, human development, social science and other related field. Internships are at minimum 4 weeks and at maximum 3 months.
AIESEC is the biggest organization in the world run only by students. It offers students the chance to be citizens of the world and to acquire the experience and the skills that the job market requires today. AIESEC internship programme abroad is called Global Talent. It provides graduated students with the opportunity to live a real professional experience in the field of Marketing, Teaching and Business. The main destinations are India, Colombia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Russia, China, Spain and Brazil.
In conclusion, for those interested in volunteering as a very valuable and learning experience, there is Lunaria. Lunaria is an Association for Social Promotion. It was founded in 1992 and it is defined as a non governmental body, autonomous from religious and political affiliations and not-profit. The activities of the association are based on research and action research, training and communication on several social issues. Lunaria believes in the importance of informal and non formal education through the promotion of international voluntary service. Lunaria sends over 400 volunteers to short-term initiatives abroad therefore, it definitely represents the international set and background of this event.
If you would like to discover the world and, at the same time, do the job of your dreams, go and explore the Fair. Now, it’s your turn to play!
Written by Jessica Cannucciari and Marzia Costanzo
Rome. As part of the Rome MUN, the Economic Social Council (ECOSOC) had the topic of Foreign Investment on their agenda, specifically discussing the the Foreign Aid Intervention Situation. Currently, aid from emerging countries, including India and Russia, is revolutionising the development assistance sphere. The organisation and scope of today’s foreign aid systems can be traced to developments following the World War II era. It has to be distinguished between Official and Non-Official Development Assistance. Traditionally foreign aid is known as Official Development Assistance (ODA), it has come in the form of grants from developed nations, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and France being the largest donor states in 2015, channeled primarily through West-dominated multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank, and tied to structural adjustment programmes aimed at opening up the economies and promoting political reform in the recipient nations. The second form of foreign that is seeing a rise in popularity, is Non-Official Development Assistance (NODA). This is due to ODA having been unable to implement its stated goals of poverty reduction and improvement of living standards in developing countries. NODA operates by eliminating conditionality and introducing commerce, meaning that there are no regulations imposed on the recipient nations. The issue with NODA is that without conditionality and regulations, the developing countries often manage to decrease their unemployment rates, however, working under poor conditions and low wages.
The MUN ECOSOC council held a moderated caucus today, discussing different motions. The delegation of the Russian Federation asked for co-ordination and collaboration between developing countries and the formation of informal sectors, calling all countries to improve and regulate technology. The majority of ECOSOC member states voted in favour of Russia’s proposal. Kazakhstan expressed disagreement with the Russian delegation, stating that they didn’t condemn exploitation in developing countries and it can, in fact, be seen as an economical advantage. The delegate explained, that, in his opinion, „low-paying jobs and hard working conditions are better than no work at all“, questioning the other delegates: „If states want to give money to another country, why should we stop them?“
The delegations representing Argentina and Estonia strongly agreed with the Russian federations proposal, stating that dialogue and co-operation is needed. Estonia’s delegate strongly condemned and expressed horror at Kazakhstan’s remarks: „Estonia stands behind Financial Aid, in the past, in the present and in the future. Exploitation is not a win-win situation“. Austria stated, that they strongly support the idea of Official Foreign Aid as well, they do not completely oppose NODA, however, asked for better conditions and harsher regulations.
(Nina Zimmermann, Maya Popova, Büsra Demirkalp)