Italian Work Culture: JCU Students Participate in Nobilita Festival in Bologna

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JCU students at Nobilita Festival in Bologna

JCU students at Nobilita Festival in Bologna

Students of Professor Antonella Salvatore’s course “Professional Skills for Career Development” participated in Nobilita – Festival del Lavoro in Bologna, Italy, on March 23. The event focused on work culture in Italy. John Cabot University was one of the official partners of the event, which hosted over 60 national and international speakers, including managers, university professors, and other professionals. Among the special guests were Oscar Farinetti, founder of Eataly, communications expert Annamaria Testa, and Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at Oxford University.  The event was organized by Senza Filtro, press agency of FiordiRisorse, the business community for networking with more than 6000 members. FiordiRisorse received the “Italian Best Practice” award from LinkedIn in 2008. The event opened with a recorded interview of Tito Boeri, an economist and president of INPS (Italian Institute for Social Security).

The festival featured eight panels on managerial culture and today’s job market in Italy, which fueled an open debate on strengths and weaknesses of the Italian work culture. Among the topics discussed were: “The Role of Italian Factories,” “Freelance Opportunities for Young Professionals,” “The Start-Up World,” “Industry 4.0,” “Personal Branding and Social Networking,” and “Professional and Continuing Education.” The event ended with a Q&A session with students, recent graduates, and business representatives.

Professor Antonella Salvatore, Director of the JCU Center for Career Services, Professional & Continuing Education, said, “John Cabot University was glad to promote Nobilita, the festival  whose values embody JCU’s mission to help students and alumni prepare for and successfully enter the workforce.”