Creativity and passion: keys for an international career

The second edition of International Career Festival started this morning, Saturday 11th March in Rome. The Opening Ceremony was held in Confindustria’s “Hall of Technique”, where various relevant speakers took the floor. The main topic was about international careers and how to undertake them successfully. In particular, the debate evolved around the future of PhD programmes, the importance of languages in a globalised world, and the role of international organisation facing global challenges.

However, the audience attention was caught by two “unconventional” speeches, showing how just collecting academic titles is not the only way to succeed in an international environment.

“We have to create a new kind of wisdom” stated Mr. Erino Colombi, President of Tecnopolo. “If we really want to do something new, we have to be heterodox, impertinent and rebels towards the ones who came before us.” Mr. Colombi was born in South Africa – “I had the privilege to be white where all the others were black” – and he made its way with passion, talent and creativity. He was very pleased to be at the presence of such an international, young audience, and he encouraged everybody to follow their attitudes and purposes.

Mr. Colombi was not the only one that stressed out this point. “It is not true that international organisations are that unreachable”, said Mr. Paolo Petrocelli, President of Youth Committee of UNESCO Italy, “and the achievements in Rome and Naples witness it.” Mr. Petrocelli is an international affairs expert and lectures at leading universities (New York, Paris, Hanoi, Rome); he founded the first Youth UNESCO Committee in the world which, through passion and hard-working, received a special remark from UNESCO’s headquarter. Therefore, he believes that no distance could remain uncovered between international organisations and young applicants, if there is determination, commitment and creativity.

By Francesca Palombo and Federico Sessolo

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