Course information

In the bucolic setting of Villa San Leonardo in Tuscany, 4change offers a career coaching training program geared toward assisting individuals in pursuing their ambition of a career within international organisations and NGOs. The course provides a unique opportunity to undertake interviews with recruiters of the United Nations Volunteer, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and with Amnesty International - Italy.
The course will accompany participants in their path of building the personal and professional competences necessary to engage with the recruitment procedures of different organisations and it will ensure individual follow-up after the course to assist participants in their effort to apply to a specific positions.
With its friendly environment and its evening sessions by the fireplace, the course aims at helping participants to build an initial network within the group and with the international experts that compose the faculty. 


Details of the course

​​Target group - The Course is geared toward young professionals aiming at starting an international career. It is also suitable for mid-career professionals from any field who are planning a career shift towards international work.

Goal - The Course aims at assisting participants in the process of successfully pursuing an international career. The course does not guarantee recruitment.

InterviewsThe morning of Saturday 28 October participants can elect to be interviewed by:

  • United Nations Volunteers
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • Amnesty International - Italy

Interviews are aimed to facilitate the path to enroll into an internship programme or a professional position. Interviews do not guarantee recruitment

Admission requirements - The Course is open to graduates in any discipline and to candidates without a university degree but with a sound professional experience. 

Pre requisite for admission: fluency in English (both oral and written) and sound motivation. Selection will be done by 4change based on curriculum review  and following  3 criteria:

  • Relevant experience
  • Motivation
  • Knowledge of languages

A maximum of 28 participants will be admitted. 4change will contact selected candidates only.

Individual Follow-Up - At the end of the training participants will be assisted by a career manager in their effort in applying to a specific professional position.

Learning objectives - At the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • ​Recognise key aspects of own character relevant to plan a career path.
  • Identify areas of personal/ professional  competence that need further development
  • Describe different mandates of international actors and their impact on potential career paths
  • Describe the key features of the UN system
  • Describe the recent trends in the UN and their impact to recruitment
  • Describe the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goal framework to recruitment. 
  • Identify different framework for funding and recruitment within the EC
  • Identify NGOs more relevant to personal/professional competences
  • Apply good practices of CV writing on own CV
  • Identify vacancies suitable for own competencies
  • Submit an application to an online vacancy
  • Draft a motivation letter
  • Apply good practices in preparing and conducting a competency based interview.

Duration - Course will start at 9.30 am of Monday 23 October and will end at 14.00 of Saturday 28 October. 40 training hours

Methodology - Vertical session will be limited to a minimum. The majority of the sessions will be conducted through general discussions, practical exercises and role play.

Evening sessions - Some evenings will be devoted to sessions by the fireplace where participants will be able to informally interact with senior practitioners on real life experience in the international world. 

Faculty - Sessions will be lead by a variety experts and representatives of different organisations: Claudia Croci and Stefan Haefner (Peacekeeping Training Programme, UNITAR), James Bradley (Chief of Human Resources, UNCCS-Bonn), Fabio Graziosi (UNRICC), Gianni Rufini (Director, Amnesty International – Italy), Barbara Nicoletti (UNIPI, former EEAS programme officer), Soraya Johaar-Glick (Career Manager) Gabriella Arcadu and Barbara Carrai (Directors, 4change).

​Career Coaching

Orientation and Development for Working in An International Setting

​23-28 October 2017 - Prato, Italy

Under the patronage of:

Deadline: 2 October 2017

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