by Virginia Dini


When I first read about the Festival, it was 2016. I remember thinking: why would I spend that amount of money just to follow some boring seminars and conferences?

I didn’t pay that much attention to it, until earlier in the autumn when I came across an advertising. It was the end of 2018 and so much had change in my life, my attitude and my goals. I remember browsing through the leaflet, getting more convinced each page I turned. I decided to give it a go, and confront myself with the world of journalism, video broadcasting etc. I needed to put myself out there in order to understand what I wanted, how I wanted, and if that world was meant for me.

I won’t lie. I was pretty scared when I jumped on the train to Rome and arrived at the luxurious location of the Sheraton Hotel. Such a fancy and refined place, yet so distant from my reality. I didn’t start to ease up till I met with my two roommates , whom like me, had had their fair share of ups and downs trying to reach the Hotel. It was instant complicity, It was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one who was fearful and worked up.

The next morning we got divided into teams and thankfully mine had some incredible people, eager to learn and to test themselves, which gave me a boost of energy to go through the days.

Unfortunately it wasn’t just about our commitment. We had to confront ourselves with the logistic of it. How to meet the deadlines when an ambassador has gone “desaparecido” and all of your interviewers are busy?

I still cannot answer, I’m not really sure how I went through all of that. What I know is that I was completely thrown into an unknown world with little time to think and little time to collect my ideas. I might have not improved my writing skills, but I sure understood how it is to work under pressure, and what it means to be on the clock, a very quick one. I’ll go home with a suitcase full of complimentary toiletries, a little bit of residual stress, but a stronger and empowered mind.


Team 3 - Rome Press Game


by Fabio Balducci


My name is Fabio Balducci, I am 24 years old and I am currently studying Marketing and Digital Advertising at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UniMoRe). I am attending this two-year degree course after having graduated in Communication Sciences at University of Bologna-“AlmaMater Studiorum” in March 2017.

Last December I decided to take part in the International Careers Festival because I was willing to try a new experience and to do something different from my everyday life; basically, I was searching for a challenge which could allow me to display the knowledge and the skills I have been able to learn during my universitarian pathway. I paid the fees and I enrolled myself at the Press Game because I strongly thought it would be the most suitable project in order to match my attitudes and my interests. I have always been convinced of my choice, and on the very first day I was really astonished; on the opening ceremony there were world-class speakers, people from all around the globe and a brilliant, spontaneous enthusiasm. No sooner had the opening ceremony finished that we started our workshops in such an efficient way; the first team–work consisted in doing a brief interview and in checkin the editing of the filming (it was an extraordinary experience to me, because I am not used to interviewing people or editing video), while in the following days we attended very inspiring conferences held by notorious professionals of the world of communications and we had the opportunity to practice our language skills by writing articles and scripts for a radio podcast. Frankly speaking, I am definitely not sure if there is another worldwide event which is capable of making people belonging to so many different backgrounds work together with such a passionate, such a genuine spirit; maybe the question is not as complicated as we believe, because when young people from all over the world desire to cooperate and share the convictions about some fundamental, inalienable rights, then there cannot be racial or ethnical distinctions or rivalries, since the only point which separates an open-minded European student from an Asiatic peer relates to the different competences they possess.

I would like to continue to talk about that, but I am also aware of the need for synthesis, so I would like to speak out clearly and say that if we all do something for our planet and for the environment which surrounds us we can make the difference and we can reach unimaginable achievements as well; as it was stated by Al Pacino in his motivational speech at the end of the famous movie Any Given Sunday, “on this team, we fight for every single inch, because we know that when we add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the [...] difference between winning and losing, between living and dying [...] But I can’t do it for you [...] look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes, and you will see a man who will sacrifice himself for that inch”. In conclusion, a small contribution from anyone of us is something special, because it is the ideal realization of what we are in our heart of hearts; only if we stay united and, most of all, if we all pursue the same goals and the same objectives, we will build the foundations of our future and we will eventually be the captain of our soul, not just for a football game but for our entire life.


Team 2 - Press Game


By Annamaria Elia and Jasmine


As soon as he reaches the microphone, his energetic and vibrant personality catches the attention of the  entire audience. Lorenzo Fioramonti, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, takes the floor during the opening ceremony of the International Careers festival this morning and enthusiastically starts delivering his speech.

He stresses the importance of making the learning process fun in order to help students become better learners. In fact, he emphasizes the need to pursue our goals and to dedicate ourselves to what we are passionate about, as he already highlighted right before the ceremony during a quick interview. “Studying lots of things and doing what you love helps you grow,” he said.

In the past, he says, people used to believe that the future was linear and simple. However, he believes that nowadays it is impossible to think that way. Being flexible and thinking outside the box opens a lot of doors for a more exciting future. “Things are less predetermined than they were in the past,” he said, “pursuing your passion makes you better in whatever you do”. As a perfect example of this way of thinking, he brings up his life experience. He studied History and Economy and then he pursued a PhD in Political Science. As a girl in the audience noticed, he’s like a “mixed salad”.

In order to achieve what you want in life, you have to learn how to collaborate. We improve more from collaboration than from competition. In our world there are many challenges we have to face, such as migration, climate change and so on. Therefore, in order to solve complex problems collective organisms are in high demand. We have to count on our generation to change the mindset.

He also adds that we do not have to fear complexity or diversity. As it helps us tackle problems more easily, as there are several approaches to solve a single problem. “There’s not a single way to achieve happiness,” he said. Moreover, he explains that great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, went through hardships and insecurities, but those fears don’t have to be an excuse. We cannot stop pursuing our dreams just because we are afraid. “You can be a leader by being imperfect,” he says “you do not have to be special, you just

have to be yourself.” Society is constantly changing and we have to learn to adapt to it.

In conclusion, he recommends us to always fulfill what we stand for, and from the applause and the stares of the participants it is obvious his message will never be forgotten.


- Team 1 Rome Press Game

By Najayah Belton and Ioanna Efthimiadou


On the second day of the 10 th session of the International Careers Festiva,l participants of the International Careers Course got the chance to experience a number of speeches and workshops.

 Leila Tavi and Sarah Mataloni from Rome Tre University were two of the speakers,giving the participants a glimpse of the type of job they do and what it took to get to that point. They spoke about the notion of internationality in terms of career orientation while highlighting the tools and methods needed to pursue such a career. They also gave a sense of how competitive the international career world can be.

 The purpose of the International Careers Course is to inform the delegates on the different factors that contribute to jobs in international careers. The four main areas of focus are languages and countries, soft skills, applications, and competitions using institutions such as the European Union and United Nations, and other organizations. Participants with previous experience stated that this program lays a good foundation for someone who knows nothing about international careers. 

By talking with Leila and Sarah they got a better understanding of the importance of their third mission which is contact with international societies, in and outside of universities. Their speech highlighted the importance of international mobility and interactivity that allows young students to build their visions and strive for their dream jobs. In addition to these ideas they explained their methods rely solely on students interacting with teachers. This concept opposes passivity and encourages critical thinking instead of closed opinions. Through open discussions, extra activities, international expositions and projects for Erasmus students, they focused on social skills and teamwork instead of competitive individuality. Leila and Sarah assisted and guided students to open up to aglobal community. 

The International Careers Course delegates are hard at work researching and learning about opportunities and ideas of jobs in international institutions. They continue to get abetter understanding of the factors that contribute to the process of pursuing a successful global career.

The online training began in January after the delegates are selected followed by weekly seminars in February in preparation for the course in March. Participants stated that they came here to gain more information about International Careers and learn about the jobs and opportunities that are out there. They are continuing their workshops and talks with experts to help further understand what they want to achieve out of their future career path.

Team 2 Rome Press Game


By Fabio Balducci

Political context

In recent years Yemen (one of the Arab world’s poorest countries) has been facing a difficult situation which continues to cause many sorrows and suffering to its population.

In 2014 a political breakdown resulted in a series of street protests by Houthi supporters against the national government led by Mr. Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and backed by Saudi Arabia (one of the major players in the Middle East). These protests rapidly evolved into military clashes which allowed the Houthis to take control of the capital city, Sana’a, in September. On the one hand, the collapse of the government determined the spread of branches of terrorist organisations such as Al Qaeda and ISIL. On the other hand, the political chaos (and the Houthis’ territorial advances) prompted Saudi Arabia to form an international coalition with the purpose of launching a military campaign in order to defeat the Houthis and to restore the previous government.

Humanitarian crisis

Following the start of the airstrikes carried out by the countries which are members of the international coalition led by the Saudis in March 2015, a serious humanitarian crisis broke out. While millions of Yemenis have been displaced, at least 10,000 people have been killed (data updated to March 2018); moreover, even if getting accurate information on the death toll is not an easy task, it has been estimated that at least 50,000 children died in 2017, while more than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of the conflict. Furthermore, it seems that the coalition led by the government of Riyadh does not really make any distinction between civilian and military targets; in fact, in October 2015 and in January 2016 two hospitals run by Doctors Without Borders were hit by airstrikes carried out by the coalition forces; while the first attack injured at least six people, the second one resulted in the death of four medical workers.

The role of Doctors Without Borders in Yemen

Doctors Without Borders started to work in Yemen in 1986. Since the outbreak of the civil war their staff have been significantly increased. Today Yemen is one of their largest projects and their staff in this country numbers about 2,200 people. From March 2015 to the end of 2018 DWB staff have treated more than 973,000 room emergency patients and more than 91,000 patients for war wounds and other intentional physical violence.

Another important goal pursued by DWB is health workers’ right to receive their salaries. Yemeni Ministry of Health’s workers have not been paid since August 2016 even if their commitment is “humbling”, aimed at “doing whatever possible to keep health services running”, as stated by Melissa McRae, DWB’s medical coordinator in Yemen.

Not only do DWB’s staff operate passionately in that country, but they also try to convince the forces members of the international coalition to lift the blockade imposed in 2015 (when the coalition decided to start the military campaign). The aforementioned embargo affects the import of commercial goods and humanitarian aids, putting more pressure on an already weak economy such as Yemen’s.

Calling for a lifting of the blockade, Justin Armstrong (DWB’s head of mission in Yemen) has stated: “The overall impact of the continuing blockade […] increased the strain on the population by the day, at a time when the majority of Yemenis are already struggling with massive increases in food, water and fuel costs, as well as a lack of access to medical care”.

It is a really big challenge for DWB. Though their efforts in saving human lives in dangerous conflicts and inviting countries’ government to adopt a humanitarian stance is outstanding, even if extraordinarily difficult. The United Nations Security Council at the Rome Model United Nations 2019 session is discussing a solution that will lead to an end of the situation in Yemen.

- Team 2 - BBC World

By Sara De Mola e Lily Rizzoli


Nii Morton: Nii is a 16-year-old from Guinea, Africa. He is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of his company, Vermo Reality, which promotes the use of virtual reality technology in the classrooms of Guinea. Vermo aims to help students recall what they learned in class, using virtual reality to make it easier for them to visualise this material.

Visual (spatial) learning is a learning style in which students are able to understand and retain information if they digest it visually rather than traditionally. Students who learn visually are more successful creatively and have higher special senses. According to Forbes, 65% of learners in the world identify as visual learners. Visual learners can struggle retaining information that they learn by reading textbooks or listening to lectures. The use of videos, drawings, or in this case, virtual reality, can be a turning point for visual students.

Sara Ferasat: Sara is a 28-year-old from Iran. She has earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Design in Tehran. She owns and runs her own brand, Tiida, where she designs clothing.  She would like to internationalise her brand by improving her international connections and networking.

Women’s fashion in Iran has many different limitations. Women must cover their heads/hair, and in the past, women were expected to wear shapeless clothing and dress in drab colours. The latest trend for women in Iran is to use more colours in their wardrobe, to wear patterned hijabs, and wear more fitted clothing.

These two impressive and completely culturally diverse individuals can both be found at the Rome Business Game, one of the programmes under the International Careers Festival which is in its 10th year. Societal issues are presented to the participants of the programme. They must then come up with solutions to these conflicts. Dr. Luca Marco Giraldin von Lahnstein, who has a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from EMLYON, has been the Director of the Business Game since 2014 and presented it during the Opening Ceremony. “This workshop is different from all the other simulations,” he said, “because there is not a single solution to the problem we give. We want to promote a 360° view of it [the problem.]”

Daniela Conte spoke to Team 4 reporters on the 10th anniversary of the festival and the Business Game specifically. Conte highlighted the importance of the intercultural background of the participants in the simulation. “If you want to work in an international company in the future, maybe you’re working with ten different nationalities, so you have to be very open minded.” Conte also described the ever growing nature of the festival and reminisced on the past ten years. “We started with just a small group of 200 people most of them were Italians.” Conte looks forward to this year’s festival. 


-          Team 4 - Rome Press Game

Published in Other Opportunities

By Selene Lovecchio e Alessio Colombo


In a world in which we are still fighting racism, criminal organizations and violence, there are people all around the world who care about this kind of problems. There are people who want to stand for human rights in order to embrace a respectful world. It’s all about multi-culturalism.

The world is full of young people who don’t know where they can voice their opinions. Rome MUN is a safe space to do just that and get your voice heard.

Rome MUN stands for Rome Model United Nations. It is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly. Each participant assumes the role of a delegate of a member country of the United Nations and represents that country in one of the UN organizations. The delegate must represent the positions of his country, writing resolutions and comparing them with other country’s members through debate and voting.

This event is an important way to be pioneers of a new generation who don’t allow their fears to hold them back. In a job like this, diversity has to be appreciated. Diversity helps creativity, it develops our intellects and empowers connection between people coming from different cultures and societies.

Every participant has a story, a reason that makes their hearts beat. Pedro Jesus is Brazilian who lives in Portugal. He seems to have a clear path for his life career. He studies law, in order to have a base that can help him better understand the political and social issues of the world. "We have to study the position of our country. Rome MUN reaches people from all over the world. It’s a rich experience that opens the opportunity to shed light on different cultures and points of views of different problems."

A mixture of different cultures leads to different choices. We found out particular reasons why the participants joined the simulation. “Before I was a shy person, unable to speak in public, but now I feel fit in front of people and I’m more confident,” said Henrique Gomes. He is representing the Dominican Republic at Rome MUN 2019 because it is the most representative country in human rights. He came here moved by a desire to improve his personality.

Tuqa, a brand new graduate from Sudan said she wanted to boost her career by participating in this programme. She is following her dreams but also has a cultural outlook. “I’m interested in diplomacy and international democracy. I graduated one year ago and I want to shift my career. I want to try this experience, expecting to understand more about international security. I want to be a diplomat and to work in the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs in Sudan not only out of personal ambition but also because this kind of work is really appreciated in my country.”

Francesco, from Italy, chose to represent Ukraine in crime prevention “I heard of the events from a promoter who got me to participate. It is not the first time for me and I’m sure this will be an unforgettable experience.”

These young people show us that we are all human beings facing the same problems, the same fears and insecurity. Only by leaving them behind and focusing on something bigger, like helping the world become a better place, can we change. Being open-minded, being able to make every place our home makes us understand that this modern society is less pre-determined than it was in the past. Multi-culturalism is the answer.

-          Team 4 -  Rome Press Game

By Annamaria Elia and Jasmine Zennaro

A room full of hopes from around the world. That is how we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the International Careers Festival today (March 8th 2019) and diversity the key word that filled the air in a positive and empowering way.

The main idea of the programme is to allow young people to get involved in a simulation of an international career and practice how it is working within a multicultural context.

Walking around in the crowded room between the excited chattering of the participants, we got to hear their expectations and opinions.

“We are excited to meet new people and new cultures,” said a participant from Germany, while another participant said, “I’m here to improve my experience and to win the Best delegate prize!”

Silence in the room. A beautiful voice marks the beginning of the event. An array of interesting speakers are lined up at the front. Their inspiring speeches fired up the room. First up was Dr Lorenzo Fioramonti, Deputy Minister, who inspired everyone talking about passions. He said that it is a theme that touches lots of people who study subjects not generally considered useful and stressed the importance of inclusivity. “Leave your fears behind you and approach the event in the most positive way,” said Daniela Conte, Executive Director of Giovani del Mondo Association. She continued, saying that “building a career is not something predetermined but it is more about identifying a personal path.”

Daniela Conte has an important role in the event which, as she said in 2016, has grown so much since it was born in 2009 and now involves thousands of participants and staff. It is not only about Model United Nations but also about Press Game, Business Game and International Careers Course that covers all the important aspects of international professions. A variety of topics will be discussed and debated including human rights, economy, justice, conflicts and a special Historical Committee that will take everyone back to the 1950s to simulate a crisis regarding nuclear weapons.

How about the first opinions after the ceremony?

Rome Press Game Team 1 journalists caught up with a few participants to find out where they are from and why they are excited to take part in the event. Ahmad Shah from Afghanistan told us that he took part in MUN in Afghanistan and that he learnt lots of things from the opening ceremony and that he will keep in mind the tips given. Best speaker for him? Daniela Conte because she talked about her experience.

A participant from the UK told us that he found the ceremony inspiring and agreed about the fact that cooperation is important and that the next Einstein will be a group of people.

Lastly we have, Nadia Sadiq from Moldova (but she lives in Portugal) that thinks the ceremony was a bit long but fulfilling and interesting.

Passions, diversity and collaboration are the key words of today, let’s start this experience!

- Team 1 Rome Press Game


By Clelia Maria Vegezzi, Ludovica Ferranti and Eleonora Peruch

Imagine having dinner in Hell and Heaven. A banquet full of people around with their arms tied. Which do you think would make a difference between the two? In The Great Divorce C.S. Lewis described people in Hell as fighting against each other in order to reach for food, whereas in Heaven collaborating with each other, feeding the person on the opposite side of the table. Collaboration in fact has been the key point touched on by all the speakers in today’s Opening Ceremony of the International Careers Festival, celebrating its 10 th anniversary.


From 2009, the International Careers Festival has been the greatest opportunity offered to young people to practice collaboration in a multicultural environment. The Opening Ceremony was a celebration of diversity. As the Deputy Minister, Lorenzo Fieramonti stressed, “Diversity is a great ingredient of a good social life”.


Too often we act as if time and space have no boundaries. But in fact, time is limited and we should all pray for more. We should not sit down waiting for the change; we should be the change all together.

Collaborate rather than trying to stand out solo! The International Careers Festival is the perfect occasion to do so. In her speech, Wendy Wiver, first Counsellor and Bilateral and Foreign Policy at the British Embassy in Rome, remarked on the importance of preserving diversity and considering inequality a resource.


Participants can choose among four projects of the Festival according to their skills and interests. Internationalisation is the link among all the programmes. As Daniele Conte, President of the Giovani nel Mondo Association and Executive Director of the ICF said, “International means that we all are interconnected and affected by what is happening around the world”.


The original and most comprehensive programme among the four, the Rome MUN (Model United Nations), offers the opportunity to join a diplomatic simulation of the United Nations, one of the international organisation that mostly promotes diversity and demands for collaboration.

Secondly, the Rome Business Game, devoted to allowing young people to experience the world of business through case study competitions. Despite the competitive nature of the programme, participants are immersed in a collaborative environment in an effort to reach common solutions. Dr. Marco Giraldin von Lahnstein, director of the programme, suggested that in a company it is more important to focus on the human capital rather than on the economic capital.


Reporting during the Festival, the Rome Press Game participants get the chance to act as journalists and translators. Programme Director Shanti Kodituwakku Hettiarachchilage defined internationalisation as “breaking boundaries and making diversity a strong point in ourselves”. The last programme offering the opportunity to experience the multicultural aspect of the Festival is the International Careers Course.

Participants acquire and strengthen their soft skills through practical workshops, preparing for a successful international career.

The enthusiasm of the speakers who participated in the previous editions inspire us to be the change the world needs. Let’s be the Youth Leaders of Today!

Edited by Team 4 - Press Game

Find out the programme and the exhibitors of the International Careers Fair event which has reached its 10th edition. Do not miss the opportunity to be part of it. Sign up now for free filling in the registration form and do not forget that All careers pass through Rome!


About the Fair: Sign up and take part in the International Careers fair on the 11th and 12th of March 2019 in Rome!


This event is organized by the Association Giovani nel Mondo and will take place on the 11th and 12th of March 2019 in the elegant Sheraton Parco de' Medici Rome Hotel located in via Salvatore Rebecchini, 39 - BUILDING 1 - Rome. A shuttle service will be available for the interested participants to the event's venue from the nearest train station. 


 Let's have a look at the exhibitors:


- Amnesty International Sezione Italiana
- Au Pair America
- Comitato Italiano per l'UNICEF Onlus
- Costa Crociere
- EF
- ENGIM - Ente Nazionale Giuseppini del Murialdo
- ESL soggiorni linguistici
- Giovani nel mondo
- Hertie School of Government
- IMI Switzerland
- Inapp - Istituto Nazionale per l'Analisi delle Politiche Pubbliche/stage4EU
- John Cabot
- Kaplan
- Lunaria
- Medici Senza Frontiere Onlus
- Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale
- Mondo Internazionale
- Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri -  Dipartimento della Gioventù e del Servizio Civile Nazionale
- Roma Tre
- Save the Children Italia Onlus
- Serving People Group
- Street Child Italia ONLUS
- The ONE Campaign
- UN Oslo
- UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency)
- UNICRI -United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
- UNIDO Itpo Italy
- Uninsubria
- UNINT - Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma
- Università degli studi di Messina
- Università degli Studi di Trento
- Wall Street English


And now let's see the programme for the two days:




10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. : Exhibition area open to the public

Room Loggia dei Signori


10.30 A.M. - 1.30 P.M.

Room Baglioni

Interviews' simulations - Servizio Civile Universale/COSPE


11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Room Guinigi

Summer courses and School programmes abroad - AFSAI


11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Room Estensi

Working in Europe - counselling on CVs and job interview - STAGE4EU


11:30 A.M. - 1.30 P.M.

Room Gonzaga

Professione Cooperante - Diego Battistessa


2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Room Estensi

International volunteering service with Lunaria: Un mondo in movimento (presentation and mock interviews)- Lunaria


2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M

Room Guinigi

The Foreign Service  - ISPI


2:00 P.M - 4.00 P.M

Room Gonzaga

Studying and working abroad - Serving People Group - IMI - AU Pair America


2.30 P.M - 5:00 P.M.

Room Baglioni

Tavola rotonda Carriere Internazionali: A challange for the new generations




10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. : Exhibition area open to the public

Room Sala Visconti 2 and Terrazza Borgia


11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Room Guinigi

Summer courses and School programmes abroad - AFSAI


11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Room Estensi

International volunteering as counselling for your own life's project- ENGIM


11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Room Baglioni

Working in Europe - counselling on CVs and job interview - STAGE4EU


12:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Room Gonzaga

Presentation workshop- Servizio Civile Nazionale


1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Room Guinigi

Counselling for the university world - Università Insubria


2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Room Estensi

International volunteering service with Lunaria: Un mondo in movimento (presentation and mock interviews) - Lunaria


2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M

Room Guinigi

The Foreign Service - ISPI


2:00 P.M - 4.00 P.M

Room Gonzaga

Studying and working abroad - Serving People Group - AU Pair America


2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M

Room Baglioni

Interviews and mock Interviews- Street Child - ENGIM


After these premises you defenetely cannot miss it. Register now and for free by filling out the registration form.



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