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Celebrity interns: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ common story

Before their prolific meeting, at the origin of Saving private Ryan, Catch me if you can, or The Terminal, both Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were surprisingly interns.

In 1963, At the age of 17, a young Spielberg could be found at the Hollywood Universal studios, sneaking into any departments he could. This experience was decisive for Spielberg, as he could watch directors at work. His commitment in the editing department paid off : he found himself realizing a short movie called Amblin, and Universal executives were so impressed by his work that they gave him a seven year contract, making him the youngest director hired by the studios. The rest is history : Oscars for Best Director in 1993 for The Schindler’s list, and in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan.

11 years later, at the other side of the country, a 21 year-old Tom Hanks was recruited as an intern by Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. During his internship, Hanks took care of the lighting, set design, and stage management. He was so interested by his experience that his contract was extended to 3 years, during which he found the courage to put himself under the spotlight : he notably won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for a performance in The Two Gentleman of Verona by Shakespeare, the first award of one of the best actor to ever touch the silver screen : Oscars for Best actor in 1993 for Philadelphia, and in 1994 for Forrest Gump.

Spielberg and Hanks met for the first time in 1986 for the shooting of a relatively unknown movie, The Money Pit. Almost a decade later, Spielberg directed Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, followed by Catch Me If You Can four years later and The Terminal in 2004, representing one of the most successful actor-director partnership.

Be sure not to miss Hanks and Spielberg’ new collaboration, Bridge of Spies, portraying James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn insurance lawyer who risked his reputation and his family’s safety to ensure a fair trial for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy arrested by the FBI in 1957 during the Cold War. The movie is set to be on screen on Oct. 16. 2015.


Everybody knows there is a thousand ways to learn one thing, but very often either these ways are wrong or you don’t follow them properly.

In this article, I want to show you how you can do to meet your goal (which, in that case, consists in understanding a new thing).

The first step is to set your goal itself, so you can focus on what you want to achieve.

After, you have to work every day and be patient and diligent until you start to see results. The main trick is to practice every day by using your brain.

In fact, recent studies have showed that the only way you can have a positive outcome is if you are focusing. For example, usually after 15 minutes of a training section, you can improve your memory and cognitive process.

Another options is to meditate, take your time to know what you want to reach and then go ahead. The second step is to have a proper diet to improve your responsiveness and mental process.

The best way to fight dehydration is to drink water correctly, not only when you are thirsty because it is already too late. So you might want to consider carrying a bottle of water with you and bringing it everywhere.

Then, remember that some foods are good source of water, especially fruits.

Furthermore, there are a variety of foods that can help clear your brain.

For example blackcurrant has vitamin C, which increases mental agility and tomatoes have lycopene, which can help fight dementia in elder age.

To prevent a cognitive decline, a good intake of Vitamin E is suggested (nuts vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrain).

The third step is to find a leisure, a relaxing activity that can keep you away from the stress of your daily life. Take up a hobby, because your brain needs, over work and study, extra activities that will contribute to make you smarter.

For example practising yoga is recommended to decrease errors of perception, memory and motor function. But don’t forget to keep time to sleep fairly every night since it is decisive for brain function and reaction time.

Finally you need to test yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, rather these can help you on your personal and professional growth. At the end of every day, you can do a report about your daily work, perhaps by splitting your focal point and taking 1 hour to reviewing all that you’ve done.

The future of communication

The world of business depends on consumers’ way of thinking and feeling. In the last few years a new economics field called Neuromarketing has emerged. It consists in applying the techniques belonging to the field of neuroscience to marketing studying the effects that advertising and other forms of communication have on the human brain. The aim is to be able to foresee consumer’s behavior. In other words, it consists in navigating through the consumer’s emotions regarding what they want. Neuromarketing is an advanced discipline, whose goal is to investigate and study the brain processes that enlight the behavior and decisions of people in the field of action of traditional marketing (market intelligence, product design and services, communication, pricing, branding, positioning, targeting, sales and channel). In this way, one can read the consumers’ mind, understand their desires, which is what motivates them, in their view, to make the decision to do better deals or to consume a product or service, regardless of the size of the organization you work with, the product you want to sell or the type of consumer you appeal.

The old rules of the Marketing and Communication will soon be completely replaced. Indeed, the most innovative companies are already appliyng the new standards related to the concepts of Neuromarketing (Adidas, Nike, Ikea, Coca Cola, Google, Apple) are overcoming well the very difficult economic times.

Recent studies on Neuromarketing have showed that the brain, over the right hemisphere (the center of conceptual thought and metaphorical) and the left hemisphere (the center of logical and linear), is divided into three different parts, each of them having a specific function:

  • The Rational Brain (thinking), the cerebral cortex that processes rational data and shares its conclusions with the other two;

  • The Brain Intermediate (listening), process the emotions and deep feelings with the other two brains;

  • The Brain Primitive (deciding), takes into account the information coming from the other two and makes the decisions.

A positive communication needs to stimulate the 3 areas. The future is about Behavioral Economics, which is a branch of economics that explains how economic decisions are made regarding to the requirements of conventional economic theory, based on full and total rationality. Thus, these sciences will enable marketers, manager, consultants but even an average person to make wise and informed choices in the future.

Better intern with a small or a large company?

When you come to the decision to do an internship, you have several possibilities. But one of the most important questions is whether you will be going to a small or a large company. Let us have a look at the pros and cons of the size of a company.

The first thing to say is that large companies are large for a reason. They were built up a long time ago, have a central position on the market and represent success, not only because of their size of enterprise. But often there is an established way of doing things, too. So on the one hand you cannot work freely or creatively. You have to be a cogwheel in the huge machine and must operate. But on the other hand this is what gives you a feeling of stability. Feeling safe and stable can be a form of motivation, too.
Speaking of motivation, when you did an internship in a large company it is nice to write on your CV. Some companies think that practical experience is more important than your marks. That is why they first look at your CV and not at your certificate.
Another advantage of a big company is that if you are not sure in which department you are interested, you can have a look at different departments of the company. Mostly the companies have experience with interns. Then they will offer a special schedule for interns. Nevertheless, it can happen that you end up making coffee and copying documents because nobody feels really responsible for you.

And here is the difference between an internship in a small and a large company. It is nearly impossible to learn nothing in a small company.
In a little company you will get to know the people more easily or at least get to know every employee, which is impossible in a company with hundreds or thousands of people. It is a completely different spirit to work for a company where everybody knows each other and calls you a friend. You will feel like having a second family, which you can ask for advice.
Moreover, the company can extend after you left them, especially when it is a start-up company. Then you killed two birds with one stone. You have the name of the company on your CV and learned a lot.

But you have to remember that there is no right or wrong answer to this question and it will widely depend on what you hope to accomplish and what your preferred way of working is.

Meglio fare uno stage in un’azienda piccola o in una grande ?

Quando si decide di fare uno stage, esistono diverse possibilità. La decisione più importante riguarda la scelta dell’azienda in cui svolgerlo: azienda grande o piccola? Diamo uno sguardo ai pro e i contro che la dimensione dell’azienda può avere.

La prima cosa da dire è che se le aziende sono grandi, sono grandi per diversi motivi. Sono state avviate molto tempo fa, hanno una posizione centrale sul mercato e hanno successo, non solo per la loro dimensione. Ma spesso c`è un modo stabilito di fare le cose. Da una parte, questo non permette al tirocinante di essere creativo e lavorare liberamente; il quale non è altro che una piccola rotella nel grande ingranaggio dell’impresa. D’altra parte è questo che vi da sicurezza.. Sentirsi sicuri ed equilibrati può anche essere motivante.
Parlando di motivazione, quando si ha fatto un tirocinio in una grande azienda è sempre utile scriverlo sul CV. Alcune aziende considerano l`esperienza pratica molto più importante rispetto ai titoli di studio. Per questo motivo sono in primo luogo interessate al vostro CV e non alle vostre certificazioni.
Altro vantaggio di una grande azienda è che non si è sicuri del settore a cui si è interessati, è possibile controllare gli altri settori dell’azienda.
Di solito le imprese hanno esperienza con gli stagisti e per tale motivo offriranno loro un programma speciale adatto alle loro necessità. Tuttavia, capita di passare il tempo a fare caffè e fotocopie solo perchè nessuno si sente il vostro responsabile.

E ora la differenza esistente tra fare un tirocinio in una piccola azienda o in una grande. È quasi impossibile non imparare nulla in una piccola azienda. In un’azienda piccola è più facile conoscere le persone o almeno arrivare a conoscere ogni dipendente, cosa impossibile in una società con centinaia o migliaia di persone. È completamente diverso lavorare in una società dove tutti si conoscono e si instaurano buoni rapporti di amicizia. È come avere una seconda famiglia a cui puoi sempre chiedere consigli. Inoltre l’azienda può espandersi dopo averla lasciata come tirocinanate, soprattutto quando si tratta di una società di nuova costituzione. A quel punto avrete preso due piccioni con una fava. Avrete il nome dell’azienda nel vostro curriculum, oltre ad aver imparato molto.
Ricordatevi,però, che non esiste una risposta giusta o sbagliata a questa domanda ma la decisione dipende da quello che si spera di raggiungere e quale maniera di lavorare si preferisce.

¿Mejor hacer las prácticas en una empresa grande o en una pequeña?

Cuando decides hacer unas prácticas en una empresa, tienes varias posibilidades. Elegir el tamaño de la empresa es una de las decisiones más importantes. Valoramos ahora los pros y los contras de la dimensión de la empresa para hacer nuestras prácticas.

En primer lugar las empresas grandes son grandes por una razón. Se han desarrollado hace mucho,ahora ocupan una posición central en el mercado y tienen mucho éxito, no solo por su tamaño. Pero allí, generalmente existe una sola manera de hacer las cosas. Así que, por una lado no se puede trabajar libremente o con creatividad. Tu eres solo una de las ruedas dentadas dentro de la enorme máquina y tienes que producir. Por otro lado, esto es lo que proporciona una sensación de seguridad. Sentirse seguro y estable puede ser también una forma de motivación.
Hablando de motivación, cuando haces prácticas en una empresa grande, sería útil escribir tu CV. Algunas empresas consideran una experiencia de prácticas mucho más importante que tus calificaciones.Esto ocurre porque antes de todo se valora tu CV, no tu diploma.
Otra ventaja que hay haciendo prácticas en una empresa grande es que si no estás seguro del departamento en el que estás interesado, puedes siempre controlar los diferentes departamentos de la empresa. La mayoría de las empresas tienen experiencia con los aprendices, y preparan un programa especial para ellos. Sin embargo, puede ocurrir que tu hagas cafes y copias porque nadie se siente verdadaramente responsable de ti.

Y ahora la diferencia entre las prácticas en una empresa pequeña y en una grande. Es casi imposible no aprender nada en una empresa pequeña.
En una empresa pequeña conocer las otras personas es más fácil, o por lo menos conocer todos los empleados, algo imposible en una empresa con una centena o más de personas. La manera de trabajar de una empresa en la que todos se conocen es totalmete diferente. Será como si tu tuvieras una segunda familia, a la que siempre puedes pedir consejo.
Además, la compañía puede ampliarse después de tus prácticas, especialmente si se trata de una empresa incipiente. Así que has matado dos pajaros de un tiro. Tienes el nombre de la empresa en tu CV y has aprendido un montón.

Pero tienes que recordar que no hay respuestas correctas o incorrectas a esta pregunta y mucho depende de lo que esperas lograr y cual es tu manera preferida de trabajar.

Come prepararvi ad un colloquio

Quando è finalmente imminente il colloquio tanto desiderato, è normale essere nervosi. Ecco alcuni consigli per aiutarvi a ottenere il lavoro dei vostri sogni.

In primo luogo, raccogliete informazioni sull’impresa.
Molte persone non si preoccupano di raccogliere informazioni sulla potenziale vostra futura impresa. Quindi, un modo semplice per risaltare dalla maggioranza è cercare su Internet chi sono i membri del consiglio di amministrazione, l’attività, gli obiettivi e conquiste, la quota di mercato e le novità dell’impresa. Inoltre, con questa informazione potete predire più effettivamente le aspettative del vostro datore di lavoro e continuare alla seconda fase.

Preparate le domande
Dopo aver raccolto abbastanza informazioni, provate a preparare la famosa domanda sui vostri punti di forza e sulle vostre debolezze. Per questo è importante predire le aspettative del vostro datore di lavoro perché spesso cercherà un determinato profilo. Prendete nota di alcuni punti di forza e alcune debolezze rilevanti per il posto per il quale fate domanda e esercitatevi finché non sembrate naturali e convincenti. Preparate almeno uno o due esempi per ogni affermazione perché il vostro datore di lavoro potrebbe chiedere informazioni più precise o esempi dai vostri lavori precedenti. Pregate uno dei vostri conoscenti di fungere da datori di lavoro quando vi esercitate.

Un altro punto importante è preparare alcune domande per il datore di lavoro. Dimostra che avete già acquisita una certa conoscenza dell’impresa grazie alle ricerche e che siete motivati.

Ovviamente, il datore di lavoro cerca qualcuno capace di migliorare l’impresa, quindi è importante elencare alcune qualità addizionali che potrebbero migliorarla. Tenete a mente che queste qualità dovrebbero essere compatibili col profilo e l’obiettivo dell’impresa.

Il vostro datore di lavoro può parlare del vostro salario – o meno. Se non ne parla, voi lo dovete fare. Vuol dire che sapete quanto è il reddito medio per questo posto e avete stampato un foglio per provarlo ed essere sicuri che non guadagnerete meno di quanto pensavate.

Ultimi consigli
Non criticate mai le vostre imprese precedenti, indicherebbe che non siete né leali né coinvolti nelle vostre aziende.
Vestitevi in modo adeguato, questo non dovrebbe essere troppo difficile.
Prima di andare al colloquio, preparate una borsetta con dentro alcuni CV, un taccuino, alcune penne e una piccola dose di umorismo.

How to prepare for a job interview

When you land an interview for a job you have been longing for a long time, it is therefore normal to be anxious. Here are some tips to help you get your dream job.

First, collect information about the company.
Many people do not bother researching information about their potential future company, which means that a simple way to stand out from the majority of the people is to search on the Internet for the company’s activity, its goals and achievements, its directors’ names, its market share as well as its news. Furthermore, with this information you can predict your employer’s expectations more efficiently and then proceed to the second step.

Prepare the questions
Once you are done with the first part, you can now try to prepare the famous strengths and weaknesses question; and this is why predicting your employer’s expectations can be quite important, as he will often be looking for a specific profile. Write down a few strengths and weaknesses you find relevant for the position and the company you apply and drill until you sound natural and convincing. Also, you should prepare at least one or two examples for each of your statement as the recruiter is likely to ask for more precision as well as examples from your previous jobs. Maybe you can ask one of your acquaintances to play the role of the recruiter.
Another important point is to prepare a few questions you will ask the employer. It shows that you have a certain knowledge of the company through researches and will make your employer think that you are self-motivated.
Obviously, an employer is looking for someone capable of improving the company, so it is important that you come up with a few additional qualities of yours which are likely to improve it, keeping in mind that it must suit the company’s profile and aims.

Your employer may or may not talk about your income. If he does not talk about it, then you NEED to do it, which means that you have to study the average wages for this job and prepare a spread to be sure you will not earn less than the minimum you expected.

Last heads-up
An important thing is to never ever ever criticise your previous companies, as it would reveal that you are not faithful nor involved in your enterprises.
Moreover, try to dress appropriately. This should be quite easy to find out.
Before going to the job interview, make sure you have a pouch containing some CVs, a jotter, some pens and a dose of relevant humour.

Do not forget to arrive 5-10 minutes in advance; try to appear serious, motivated and confident, and exercise your handshake if possible.
Good luck!

Lo que nos revela un apretón de mano

Durante una entrevista, sea de trabajo o para unas prácticas, la persona que te va a contratar utilizará diferentes técnicas para verificar si eres adecuado para tal posición laboral. El apretón de mano es la primera: puede revelar más de lo que opinas sobre tu personalidad. Aquí encontrarás distintas maneras de apretar manos:

Triturador de huesos:
El Triturador de huesos aprieta tu mano con firmeza, demasiada firmeza. Hay un mensaje de poder e intimidación en su agarre. Cuando aprietas la mano de un Triturador de Huesos, no te sientas tentado en una competición de apretones de manos. De todos modos, muéstrate con confinza durante la entrevista porqué el Triturador de huesos suele esperar confianza y determinación de los solicitantes.

El Pez Muerto
Este es un apretón de mano flojo e indiferente, puede parecer como apretar un pez muerto en vez de una mano. Personas con ese tipo de apretón probablemente tienen una personalidad pasiva o reservada y, generalmente, no enfocada para las personas. Lo que es importante para ellos es el aspecto técnico o mecánico de algo. Con este apretón de mano, simbolicamente, das a la mano desde arriba hasta abajo. En negocios, es mejor ser al mismo nivel, entonces evita ese apretón de mano si es posible.

El político
La otra persona te aprieta la mano normalemente, pero con la otra mano cubre la tuya o la pone sobre tu brazo o tu hombro. Este “doble-apretador de mano” intenta comunicar que ambos tenéis una relación fuerte y confiable. De todas maneras, estos contactos de muy cerca pueden ser inapropiados en una situación laboral. Piensa en el Político como a un mini-abrazo, ¿sería oportuno abrazar a alguien muy brevemente? Por eso evita el “doble apretón de mano”.

El casi dedo
El casi dedo solo aprieta los dedos y no toda la mano. Su intención es la de mantener la distancia, ya sea por inseguridad o para demostrar poder. Ese apretón de mano es típico de quien busca a gente sumisa y que acepta compromisos en vez de personas abiertas al diálogo.

El apretón de mano perfecto es firme, no demasiado fuerte y no demasiado blando. Dura 2 o 3 segundos y tendrías que mantener contacto visivo para todo el tiempo. Las manos sudadas pueden ser una reacción normal del cuerpo cuando estás ansioso y nervioso pero es algo poco aconsejable durante una entrevista de trabajo. Asegúrate de secarte las manos antes de apretar las de tu futuro jefe. De todos modos, !lo maś importante: no te olvides de sonreír!