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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.

HOW LEARNING ONE THING BETTER

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.

Team Building

Team building is a technique used by companies in which the team work has a great relevance for the success. It aims to create a group between the people who work for the same project or tasks, and to develop partnership and communication, cohesion and sharing objectives. It can build a harmonious, efficient and productive work group.

According to Arnold Bateman of the University of Nebraska “Team building is an effort in which a team studies its own process of working together and acts to create a climate that encourages and values the contributions of team members. Their energies are directed toward problem solving, task effectiveness, and maximizing the use of all members’ resources to achieve the team’s purpose. Sound team building recognizes that it is not possible to fully separate one’s performance from those of others.” (1990, Team Building: Developing a Productive Team ).
In a company, the team building is used to reach the best performance as possible.

Team building can be categorized or as developmental if it works on weakness or particular needs well identified, such as workshops and professional team-building exercises with specific goals and issues, or as fun, to enjoy the group and create a group identity with, for example, sport and theatrical activities, camping trips or sailing boat. Some examples of team building can be: survival scenario (your plane has crushed in the ocean near a desert island, and there are 12 items you need to survive: which items you want to take and how you rank each item); ice breaking: each team’s member has to write in a piece of paper two real episodes of his life and one not true, and the others has to guess which is the lie; cooking class; rugby; a day in a farm and urban safari, a kind of treasure hunt in the city.

With these activities and games the team can define the roles, analyse the problems and find the solution through problem solving, manage the group’s communication, active listening, feedback and brainstorming. These elements could be examine patiently afterwards in the office.

Whether or not the type of activity, the purpose is making the group a real team, increasing the trust to the colleagues, releasing the creativity, developing a relaxed climate for communication and knowing each other.
Team building can work best if there is a high level of interdependence between members, if the leader has positive people skills, if the members are clear about goals and their roles in the team, if everyone wants to contribute and is prepared to take risks, and if the team has capacity to create new ideas, to examine the errors and weaknesses and to learn from the experience.

The simplest examples to understand the team building, and what it could reach, are represented by team sport activities: they are a perfect metaphor for the company life. As in the sport, in the business world there is competition, competence, faith in the team, loyalty to rivals, strategy and tactic plan. If you want to play, you have to respect the company and management’s rules: you should know them as well as possible to reach the team’s objectives.

If you play as a team, you will win as a team.

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.

Salario
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.

Wie man sich auf ein Vorstellungsgepräch vorbereitet

Wenn du zu einem sehnsüchtig erwarteten Vorstellungsgespräch eingeladen wirst, ist es normal, nervös zu sein. Hier findest du einige Tipps, die dir helfen, deinen Traumjob zu bekommen.

Sammle Informationen über das Unternehmen
Viele Bewerber machen sich nicht die Mühe, Informationen über ihre potenzielle zukünftige Firma zu sammeln. Das heißt, eine einfache Art, um aus der Menge an Bewerbern hervorzustechen ist, im Internet nach der Aktivität, den Zielen und Errungenschaften, dem Marktanteil des Unternehmens sowie den Namen der Vorstandsmitglieder zu suchen. Mithilfe dieser Informationen kannst du die Erwartungen deiner Arbeitgeber effizienter vorhersagen und zum zweiten Schritt übergehen.

Bereite die Fragen vor
Sobald du mit dem ersten Teil – der Informationssuche – fertig bist, kannst du damit beginnen, die berühmte “Stärken und Schwächen”-Frage vorzubereiten. Dafür ist es wichtig, die Erwartungen deines Arbeitgebers zu kennen, da oft nach einem bestimmten Profil gesucht wird. Schreibe einige Stärken und Schwächen auf, die dir für die Stelle und das Unternehmen relevant erscheinen, und übe, bis du natürlich und überzeugend klingst. Du solltest außerdem mindestens ein oder zwei Beispiele für jede Eigenschaft vorbereiten, da dein Interviewpartner wahrscheinlich genauere Fragen stellen oder Beispiele aus deinen vorherigen Jobs verlangen wird. Vielleicht kann einer deiner Bekannten beim Üben die Rolle des Interviewpartners übernehmen.
Außerdem ist es wichtig, einige Fragen an deinen zukünftigen Arbeitgeber vorzubereiten. Das zeigt, dass du dich informiert hast und ein gewisses Vorwissen über das Unternehmen mitbringst. Dein Arbeitgeber wird dich als hochmotiviert einstufen.
Arbeitgeber suchen klarerweise nach jemandem, der die Fähigkeit mitbringt, das Unternehmen zu verbessern. Du solltest dir daher einige zusätzliche Eigenschaften einfallen lassen, die das unterstreichen – solche, die sich mit den Zielen der Firma vereinbaren lassen, natürlich.

Gehalt
Dein Arbeitgeber kann über dein Gehalt sprechen – oder auch nicht. Wenn er das Thema nicht anspricht, musst du es tun. Das bedeutet, dass du über das Durchschnittsgehalt für diese Stelle Bescheid weißt und einen Ausdruck als Beweis mitbringst, um bestimmt nicht weniger zu verdienen, als du dir vorgestellt hast.

Abschließende Tipps
Es ist wichtig, niemals deine früheren Arbeitgeber zu kritisieren. Es würde den Anschein erwecken, dass du illoyal und nicht am Unternehmen interessiert bist.
Versuch außerdem, dich angemessen zu kleiden. Das sollte nicht allzu schwierig sein.
Bevor du zum Vorstellungsgespräch gehst, packe eine Tasche mit einigen Kopien deines Lebenslaufs, einem Notizbuch, einigen Stiften und einer Prise Humor.
Vergiss nicht, fünf bis zehn Minuten vor dem Termin zu erscheinen; sei seriös, motiviert und selbstbewusst, und übe wenn möglich deinen Händedruck zuvor.

Viel Glück!

Se préparer pour un entretien d’embauche

Lorsque vous décrochez un entretien pour un emploi que vous désirez depuis longtemps, il est normal de se sentir anxieux. Voici donc quelques conseils qui vous aideront à obtenir votre emploi de rêve.

Tout d’abord, collectez des informations sur l’entreprise.
Peu de personnes prennent la peine de rechercher des informations sur leur éventuelle future entreprise, ce qui signifie qu’il est facile de se démarquer de la majorité des candidats en recherchant les activités, buts et objectifs réalisés par l’entreprise, le nom des directeurs, ses parts de marché ainsi que son actualité. De plus, ces informations vous serviront à prédire les attentes de l’employeur de manière plus efficace et ainsi de passer à la deuxième étape.

Préparez les questions
Une fois que vous avez terminé la première étape, vous pouvez essayer de préparer les fameuses questions des qualités et des défauts. Prédire les attentes de l’employeur peut être assez important, car celui-ci cherchera souvent un profil particulier. Écrivez quelques qualités et défauts que vous trouvez pertinents pour la place pour laquelle vous postulez dans l’entreprise et entraînez-vous jusqu’à ce que vous sembliez naturel et convaincant. Aussi, vous devriez préparer au moins un voire deux exemples pour chaque adjectif que vous avancerez. En effet, il est très probable que le recruteur vous demande plus de précisions ainsi que des exemples concrets provenant de vos expériences passées. Il peut être bon de demander à une de vos connaissances de jouer le rôle du recruteur afin de vous exercer.
Un autre point important est de préparer quelques questions à l’intention de l’employeur. Cela montrera que vous avez déjà fait des recherches sur l’entreprise et prouvera à votre employeur que vous savez prendre de bonnes initiatives.
Évidemment, un employeur cherche une personne capable d’améliorer son entreprise, et il est donc important de se présenter avec des qualités susceptibles de l’améliorer.

Salaire
Il est possible que votre employeur parle salaire ; mais s’il n’en parle pas, alors vous devrez absolument en parler. Cela implique que vous deviez au préalable vous renseigner sur le salaire moyen adapté au poste convoité ainsi que préparer une fourchette pour être sûr de ne pas descendre trop bas.

Derniers conseils
Une chose importante est de ne jamais, au grand jamais, critiquer vos précédentes entreprises, car vous serez perçu comme indigne de confiance et désengagé vis-à-vis de celles-ci.
Aussi, essayez de vous habiller de manière appropriée. Cela devrait être assez facile.
Finalement, avant d’aller à l’entretien d’embauche, soyez certain d’emporter avec vous une pochette contenant quelques CV, un bloc-notes, quelques stylos et une dose d’humour pertinente et appropriée.
N’oubliez pas d’arriver 5-10 minutes en avance ; essayez de paraître sérieux, motivé et confiant, et entraînez votre poignée de mains si possible.
Bonne chance !