The Humanities Professions Project
The Humanities Professions project was launched by the Humanities Academic Board and the Department of Literary Studies, Philology and Linguistics to offer students training and information tools and opportunities helping them to get a grasp of the world of work and develop professional skills.
The project is aimed at organizing internships in close collaboration with host institutions and monitoring the educational experience. Academic representatives have co-designed training activities with the external institutions and they will require detailed and personal feedback at the end of the internship. Our students will thus develop professional skills in the actual world of work.
The project is addressed to students of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in Humanities. Some opportunities are open to students of other courses in the humanities area (you will find more information in the ads).
The main area of activity of the Humanities Professions Project is organizing internships, in cooperation with the COSP, working closely with host organizations to follow the student's work experience. The project managers plan work activities with host organizations, identifying how interns can best use the skills acquired during their studies. Interns can thus become familiar with cultural work and understand their professional potential.
These 100-hour curricular internships will award students the credits required to complete their personal study plan. Periodically, the Academic Board publishes a call for applications with the list of internship postings.
At the end of their training experience, students are asked for a detailed and personal feedback, in order to assess whether the internship was productive.
From 2015 to date, we have established 18 agreements (totalling over 100 internships), with more underway.
The professional areas covered by the internships are: Archiving, Communication, Professional Training, Bookstores, Content Production, Computer Writing.
We offer regular training and information meetings called Conoscere ambienti, funzioni e competenze di lavoro (i.e. understanding work environments, functions and skills) on potential employment opportunities for Humanities graduates and the new horizons of cultural work, with the participation of professionals.
Their point of view helps Humanities students and graduates understand their potential for the world of work, and offers valuable information on how to develop their skills proactively.
- The new cultural work - with P. Dubini (Bocconi University), B. Niessen (cheFare)
- Building digital skills - with A. Marcante (intarget:), A. Ferrara (Department of Computer Science, Unimi)
- HR professions in corporate organizations - with S. Bordiga (Manpower Group), L. Borgherini (PGA-Strategia e Organizzazione)
- Humanities graduates and the world of professions - with A. Marcante (intarget:), L. Borgherini (PGA-Strategia e Organizzazione), F. Rizzo (DeAgostini Scuola)
Being aware of, and honing your skills over the course of your studies is the first step to understand the full range of job opportunities available to Humanities graduates, as well as to develop the versatility and flexibility that are the signature of humanistic culture.
For this purpose, it is important to learn how to "read" course syllabi, focusing on “What you will learn”: written comprehension, understanding of the context, methodological awareness, mastering bibliographic research and information management.
Distinctive, specific skills, as well as "soft skills", also include being a critically aware, informed and passionate reader, who understands the data and processes of today's world of reading. This mindset is a valuable tool in any study and work contexts.
Please find below a constantly updated collection of reports and readings to learn more about the world of work and the roles available to humanities graduates.
- Digital professions
- Occupational survey (2002-2012) Mondadori Foundation Master
- Research on "4.0 skills" - Assolombarda
- A. Gandini, Milano al tempo dei freelance (www.che-fare.com)
- C. Manfredda, U. Minghi, C’è posto per tutti. Gli studi umanistici di fronte alle sfide del mondo del lavoro («Professionalità», n. 2, nov.-dic. 2018).
- Humanists conquering the digital world - a conversation with Scott Hartley (author of The Fuzzy and the Techie, 2017) from the Mantua Literature Festival, 10 September 2017.
- Building digital skills - presentations by Prof. Alfio Ferrara (Department of Computer science, Unimi) and Dr. Andrea Marcante (Martech Managing Director of intarget) in the informative meeting on the opportunities for Humanities graduates in the digital world and new technologies, 21 March 2019.