Code name: Under 30s - #SMWmilan Code name: Under 30s - #SMWmilan

Code name: Under 30s - #SMWmilan

When the digital world becomes a job opportunity 

- + Text size
Print

They are young men and women, with different educational backgrounds and positions, yet they have one thing in common: they are all aged under 30.

Given the Italian scenario, it may seem very strange but the “U30s” are young people who work in the digital world and hold positions that, in other sectors, are surely entrusted to more “senior” people. They have a university degree, a master degree, or they are simply self-taught. Another special feature that they have in common is their passion and love for something that has led them to stand out from the crowd and learn a job.

Let’s get to know them better

I develop a strategy by starting with the contents. I am a digital native but, working in agencies, I have learned everything on the job

Samanta Giuliani – Content Strategist, Lecturer at IED

I work in the innovation and digital agenda field. I began working at the age of 14 to bring broadband connection to my village, and became the representative of an anti-digital divide association

Federico Morello – Digital Life Coach

I am a Freelance Creative – Strategist. I develop creative activities and marketing strategies on Social, Digital and Offline media, working with Italian companies and agencies

Giuliano Ambrosio – Freelance Web Designer

I am a consultant who helps associations enter the digital world. My academic studies have little to do with the digital field, nevertheless, I entered the digital world in a spontaneous way

Stefano Besana – Social Business & Social Learning Consultant

I began creating a network for Young Digital Lab in order to offer training throughout Italy, and later I opened my own agency

Michele Polico – Managing Partner

From Theory to practice

Apart from being aged under 30, these young people have another key factor in common: they all consider themselves “self-taught”.

Samanta says, “Young people should try to set themselves one goal: coherence. We cannot enter the world of work expecting to do the same job we imagined we would do when we were students or outsiders. The smartest way to get ahead in the digital world is to know how to recognise the opportunities for growth that each job has to offer”.

We need to be able to express ourselves, make ourselves known to the world by networking and showing what we can do, without lying or trying to show that we are something we are not.

In the digital era, it is not right to play down the importance of a good CV, however, we need to remember that it is necessary to express ourselves to attract the attention of players: a CV can summarise our path and our many experiences thanks to coherent choices, which make us the professional we want to be.

Today, a CV can even be created on social networks: LinkedIn is a very useful tool that allows us to show, in digital form, our educational and work experience and much more: all social networks can be useful means of finding potential customers or for attracting the attention of companies. Social networks, which are modern-day meeting places, can be a showcase for “exhibiting” our work.

Useful Tips

Samanta: “Be humble: always be yourselves”

Federico: “Have the courage to try without feeling unprepared”

Giuliano: “Be passionate about what you do”

Stefano: “Be transparent in relationships and communication”

Michele: “Learn to do what is required in the digital world”

When we enter the world of work, we must promise ourselves not to always remain identical to when we set out: experiences must lead us to develop, but never excessively diverge. From job to job, year after year, we must become increasingly qualified and specialised. And at the end of our path, we will discover that we are not the professional we dreamed of at the outset but even better, the professional we are proud to be today”, explains Samanta.

The continuous development and emergence of new professions is definitely a phenomenon that allows us to re-invent our professional role and discover new opportunities for our career. On the one hand, being up-to-date on these phenomena is highly important for our professional development but, on the other hand, it is also very difficult to follow all the nuances of this continuous change.
In any case, I believe it is a positive thing to be able to invent new jobs and develop our own professional skills. It is a very fascinating challenge to be able to achieve and follow our passions
”, adds Giuliano.

So, dear young people, humbleness, coherence and passion are the essential qualities for entering the digital world!