The International Careers Festival opened its doors to the public, offering a wide range of possibilities. One of the many stands at the festival presented the Fulbright program, that offers scholarships to both Italian and American students, teachers and researchers to improve their English or Italian with abroad experiences.
This is administered in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and U.S. Embassy in Rome. Since the U.S. – Italy Fulbright Commission was established in 1948 more than 10,000 U.S. and Italian citizens have been awarded with Fulbright grants, nearly 70 people each year.
Many programs are provided both to Italians and Americans, they can be divided according to three different projects:
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program to Italy offers full grants to U.S. graduate students for study and research in the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences and technology at an Italian institution (i.e. university, research centre, library, archives and museums, or other institutions).
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program aims at strengthening English language and instruction at South Italian high schools by establishing a native speaker presence to provide a part – time assistance for 12-25 teaching hours per week to permanent teaching staff. American citizens are integrated in the host community and can gain experience from an intensive cross – cultural interaction. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends to Italy to lecture and/or conduct at Italian Universities at Research Centres for up to nine months. U.S. citizens can also apply for the Fulbright Inter – Country Lecturing Program, which is similar, but gives the possibility to visit a University in Europe (if the researcher is already studying in Europe).
Italian students can count on different projects, such as the Fulbright Italian Student Program, which enables Italian graduate students to apply for a scholarship for a Master or a Ph.D. in the United States: 7 scholarships are provided for all the disciplines ($38,000 as a maximum), one is provided for Law studies ($20,000) and two MBA scholarships ($100,000).
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program provides opportunities for young English teachers from Italy to improve their teaching skills while teaching Italian in U.S. colleges and universities.
Whereas students can apply for the aforementioned programs, Italian researches have the possibility to get in touch with the organisation for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, that brings them to conduct research and/or lecture for up to nine months at U.S. Universities and Research Centres.
The last project is the Fulbright Scholar – in – Residence Program, which sends Italian scholars at U.S. institutions that might not have a strong international component (e.g. Historically Black Colleges or Hispanic – serving institutions).
In order to apply for the scholarship, Italian students must have at least a Bachelor degree obtained in Italy, a good knowledge of English (the level depends on the chosen American University) and the student must have already sent the application form for an American University (there are no limitations, as long as they are part of the American university system).
Today Fulbright stand at the International Careers Festival has been very crowded because of the many opportunities that offers, so be quick to apply for your scholarship!
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.
Rome International Careers Fair 2017
The annual appointment with the International Careers Fair, held in Rome, has come also this year with many stands organized by different Italian Universities and international companies. Every year, since 2015, they all gather in UNINT (Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma) with one main purpose which is share their programs and give new opportunities to young students.
Among the stands many Universities can be found, such as Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Università degli Studi di Messina and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, that are trying to widen their boundaries to foreign students by introducing new international courses in their campus.
Obviously, there is also a stand for the University hosting the fair, handing their pamphlets about all the courses. However, at the fair there are also many international associations and companies, many of them are no-profit associations, such as Save the Children, Medici senza Frontiere (Doctors without Borders) and also Telefono Azzurro. The aim they want to reach is to raise awareness among people about important humanitarian problems around the world. A great surprise were all those international associations, such as ES Italia, promoting language courses abroad, an academy year abroad and also Summer Schools with many destinations to choose. We all know that the best way to learn a foreign language is to live it in its country and among native speakers.
An other great opportunity is given by AIESEC, which promotes work experiences and internships programs abroad. Students choosing this program can opt for marketing, business, teaching programs, everything that could suit students' greatest ambitions. All these programs can last from three months to one year, in order to give the participants the time and opportunity to gain experience and start their career.
After a walk around all the expositions and talking to the volunteers from various associations, it can be said that this is a great opportunity for all young people and students who dream to work in an international environment and want to expand their chance to have an exciting career.
‘If you are not curious, just don’t become a journalist,” so addressed Francesca Musacchio hundreds of aspiring students of journalism and communications who have travelled from around the world to attend the Rome Press Games.
Today Francesca Musacchio, the founder of a popular web magazine Ofcs.report, shares her vision of what it takes to be a real journalist. According to her, the magic recipe seems quite simple: an unquenchable thirst to know the world combined with the innate intuition to find where the potential news lies. Ms Musacchio stresses that her words are not meant to say that we need to be born journalists. On the contrary, we should learn the art of storytelling and constantly polish our skills. This, in fact, is what has brought hundreds of young people to the 8th edition of International Careers Festival: all pushed by the desire to learn, bring new knowledge into the society and tell the world.
Ms Musacchio represents the field of alternative kind of mass media, the “grey” area of web journalism. By now it has become common knowledge that the easiest way to reach the largest audience today is through the Internet, which is to some extent the main idea behind and the key function of online, or web, journalism. Nowadays, the Internet provides unlimited space to be filled with infinite contents but also strict competition. Ms Musacchio points out the challenge we face today which is to keep in sight the target audience, interested in certain types of news and looking for certain insights. We all want to make an impact and to do so, online journalists use all the means at hands, be it video, articles, social media or any other means of communication. Ms Musacchio concludes that in short online journalism is one grand experiment in creativity, It is a radically different type of journalism that has freed itself of the limitations and out-of-date regulations of the classical one.
In fact, Ofcs.report whose editor in chief is Ms Musacchio, is a great example of a prosperous enterprise in online journalism. This weekly web magazine in particular focuses on the topic of security which unfortunately preoccupies ever more minds these days. The question at heart of Ofcs.report is: how secure do we feel about the world we live in, “the world of uncertainties and fears”? Ms Musacchio explains that security may seem a strictly political concept at first sight but in reality expands into all areas of our lives, ultimately concerning everyone and everything. Indeed, security reaches into economy, wellness, world heritage, culture, etc. The list of sub-topics is endless just like the opportunities to be creative, provided by online journalism, are limitless. Sure, at the moment Ofcs.report or any other web magazine can’t be of real competition to worlds’ news giants like BBC or CNN. Nevertheless, the online publication fills in the gap in the world of mass media communication, providing a space where the news meets profound editing analysis and reflection. It is a place where the news blends with the quality of thought.
Palina Viarbitskaya, Belarus
“Listen to yourself, find your talent, follow your passion, imagine your future and then build on it”: this is the encouraging message from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy of Political Director, Francesca Tardioli, who attends the opening ceremony of the “International Career Festival” at the Auditorium della Tecnica - Confindustria in Rome today, 11th March 2017.
Deputy Political Director Tardioli is extremely pleased with young people’s interest in international affairs and careers. She believes that young students are most likely to be the leaders of tomorrow. To be committed is essential if you want to fulfill your aspirations in any international career you want to pursue and the Festival may be a starting point for a future successful career. Every young person should take full advantage of the opportunities offered by universities and institutions in order to help improving personal abilities and knowledge. Erasmus+, MUN programs, internships are some of the chances promoted by universities. She also emphasizes that the capacity to face challenges is the key of professional growth.
The Ministry offers international conferences and CRUI internships, aimed at integrating the university’s educational path with direct and concrete knowledge. The “Concorso diplomatico”, a public contest to access to diplomatic career, is another interesting initiative. Being a public contest, everybody is given the same opportunities. Other possibilities can be found in the official website of the Ministry, such as the Junior Professional Officer Programme, a great opportunity for those interested in UN and humanitarian work.
As she answered to a delegate’s question, she says that not only does administration of foreign countries offer similar opportunities to young people, but Italy also gives access to some initiatives to foreign people.
A second participant asked about the activities of Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs in Afghanistan. In giving her answer, Francesca Tardioli stresses on how Italy plays an important role in Isaf (International Security Assistant Force) and in military and social activities and projects in East Afghanistan. That’s a long-term commitment, which leads Italy to invest on school programs and small enterprises. The aim is to support and accompany the country to a better status.
The reaction to Tardioli’s speech was mixed. Rome UN Denmark Delegate thinks the speech is interesting, but too general. She believes it is too long and doesn’t focus enough on practical information. Rome UN Lebanon Delegate states that, even though the speech is interesting and quite clear, it lacks on information about opportunities for foreign people in Italy. However, he stresses that the speaker speaks with interest and that she is very nice to answer questions from participant. Despite the small critiques, what everybody can say without a doubt is that Tardioli shows great passion for what she does and great interest for participants’ opinion and questions. That is generally appreciated and raises the quality of the speech.
“Do not hesitate, show great determination and invest on your future”: that’s the final advice that Francesca Tardioli gives to the participants of the Festival of International Careers. “Dialogue and negotiation is important in our multicultural environment, which our fathers contributed to create. A person who loves diplomacy is a person who believes in a world of justice, respect and freedom.”
Giulia Minonne, Paola De Francesco, Marianna Agata Strano, Elisa Pezzato
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” might sum up the Opening Ceremony of the second edition of International Careers Festival that took place in Rome, 11th March 2017.
All the guests of the Ceremony shared the same view: youth represents the leaders of the future. They are called to improve their skills, believe in themselves, find their dream work and <<practice, practice, practice>>. Among the speakers, Eva Ratti told her story to prove that it is difficult and yet possible. She graduated in Astrophysics and made her wish come true by taking a Doctorate at the Dutch institute for Space Research SRON. Now she is the founder of “Find your Doctor” project - a non-profit startup by Consortium for Technology Transfer C2T- to inspire young people to follow her steps. The aim of “Find your Doctor” are: change the paradigm of how scientific expertise is accessed; provide career perspective for PhDs; inject innovation power into society. The Doctor Programme is the highest academic title which has French Medieval origin and was introduced in Italy in 1980. Every discipline can be subject for the PhDs. Ratti highlighted many times that it is not a Master but a training for work. Moreover, another point of strength is its internationality. Taking a PhD abroad allows you to develop specific skills such as education, orientation, information, job matching and consultancy with an open innovation approach. She went on saying that Doctorate programmes are devoted to build a connection between science and society. At the end of this academic path you will have the satisfaction of realizing a study about a subject never explored before. As Ratti said, the PhD represents a possibility in many fields and
It is not only linked to the scientific research. It is possible to carry the PhD in a literary issues and it proves the completeness of this opportunity. The story of Dr. Ratti teaches us that nothing is precluded. Believing in dreams and let them happen is up to us, young students. Let’s play our turn!
Vincenzo Francesco Romeo
More than 800 young people were feeling excited for the opening ceremony of the International Careers Festival. Saturday morning the auditorium of “Confindustria” in Tupini street was filled with the energy of hundreds of students. Each of the eight speakers has explained something about his specific skills. Mr. Luca Marco Girladin von Lahnstein opened the ceremony. He also mediated and introduced the speech of Monika Altmaier director of Human Resources, Daniela Conte President of the Giovani nel Mondo Association, Ebenezer Esslfie Nyame Secretary of RomeMUN, Eleonora Mantovani Director of Rome Press Game, Paolo Petrocelli President Youth Committee UNESCO Italy and Eva Ratti Find your Doctor Founder. All participants had also the opportunity to listen to the speech of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy Political Director Francesca Tardioli. The ceremony started with a street music band's show of the “Banda Garibaldina di Poggio Mirteto who played as first song the hymn of Mameli. «It was a great ceremony – says Valentina Di Bari, one of the member of “Rome Press Game” - even if longer than we thought. Probably was a bit difficult to follow each speaker all the time. In general there was lot of enthusiasm all over the auditorium. The most important thing that we understand is how many creativity and innovation there are behind the job you love». The participants asked several interesting things to understand better the speakers' skills and their job. One of the suggestions was to discover “who you are” in order to feel “who you want become”.
Students take the lead
Julia Gimatova, Floriana Canadè
March 11, 2017 – The Rome International Careers Festival opened its doors to hundreds of young talents from all parts of the world. The ceremony took place in Auditorium della Tecnica – Confindustria, Rome.
The sun was shining; everyone could feel the warm breath of spring. What a great time to start something new, explore new opportunities and meet new people with different visions. Students has come to Rome exactly to this end. The Rome International Careers Festival offered young people a possibility to take part in festival and explore new talents. Started with compositions of orchestra La Banda Garibaldina di Poggio Mirteto, the opening ceremony of the festival hosted prestigious guests who shared with participants their experience, emotions and passion. Truly, they became an inspiration for students.
Dr. Daniela Conte, the executive director of the Rome International Careers Festival, greeted all the participants and focused on the important issue of discovering personalities and true dreams. According to Conte, every student had to "challenge himself". "Take your time, you are young," she said, "Who are you? What makes you happy?". The festival was created in hope that every participant will find the answers to these crucial questions.
Francesca Tardioli, Italian Minister Plenipotentiary, emphasized the idea that every student had to start getting experience and new skills as soon as possible, starting from the choice which university to enter and what field to study. She explained that the festival was a place where every student could make a new step of professional growth. The Minister focused on the career in diplomacy and described the opportunities that Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered to young professionals.
Rino Colombo, the president of Tecnopolo, the company that enhances on industrial innovations, was glad to see a lot of young people, 'of different countries, with different visions'. He hoped that everyone would get "a luggage of experience".
If you were in the hall where the opening ceremony took place, you would be pleasantly surprised by interest and excitement of future diplomats, business professionals, journalists and translators. "It is the first time when I took part in such a huge international event," Fatima Chaker, Italian student, said, "I feel that this festival will help me to make the first step in my future career".
The Festival will take place during 4 days during which every participant would be able to take part in workshops, meet companies’ representatives and even get an internship or job offer.
According to the Director of the online magazine OFCS.Report, Francesca Musacchio, nowadays Journalism is facing a great challenge following the changes due to new media of communication appeared during the last years.Their project, she explained, is a challenge and gives a new and fresh point of view in the field of journalism. In fact, the main goal of this magazine is to experiment new editorial lines and policies allowing young journalists to be the protagonists of their own reportage. This is a new kind of communication that combines several formats and fuses together the reality in their videos with new media, such as Internet and Social Networks. They could be defined as an hybrid, since, as the Director claimed, they write on printed paper but they are not just a newspaper, they use videos but they not consider themselves as a Television programme or a Radio programme. They are all this, and much more.The main slogan of OFCS.Report, “La percezione della sicurezza” (“The Perception of Security”), perfectly reflects their main topic, which is talking about everything and everyone they think is worth focus on. This online magazine is divided in four macro-areas, that discuss International Relations, Economics, Artistic Heritage and Wellness. According to their statistics, 60% of OFCS.Report users read the International Relations section, and they are aged among roughly 20 years and 40 years.The greatest perks of this newest project is that, unlike Television Journalism, there are not space and time limits thanks to the web. In fact, they can examine in depth any topic they are interested in and when they want to. For instance, their aim may be to film or write an investigative report on various topics, as the US Presidential Elections held in 2016. Although their goal is to create a new point of view for journalism, they can not avoid the most important rules of this field, such as not spreading fake news (a real and complicated problem for journalism in our era).Director Musacchio concluded her intervention asking one intriguing question, “have you heard the music and songs playing outside? Did you ask yourselves what are these songs for? Who would like to find out and film a report about it?”. Questions, she explained, led by her own curiosity about the intriguing music. Curiosity must be the main input in journalistic field, since journalists must look for news and the truth everyday and, most importantly, verify it.Martina Fedeli