The days ‘Meeting your Future’, organized by Academica in collaboration with ABC, were recently held at the Madrid headquarters of the newspaper with the online participation of dozens of schools and institutes from all over Spain. Students of 4th ESO, and 1st and 2nd of Baccalaureate They raised questions such as the choice of studies, the importance of factors such as languages, continuous training and personal skills. Information for training, whose opening and closing talks were moderated by Yolanda Gómez, deputy director of the newspaper (the collaborator of ABC Alberto Velázquez he did the same in the rest of the meetings).
The inauguration was dedicated to entrepreneurship (in the broadest conception of the term), with the intervention of Julian Fernandez, 2nd year high school student at Colegio Alarcón and entrepreneur; Jose Iribas, graduated in Law from the UNAV (former mayor of Tafalla, senator and member of the Government of Navarra, and currently linked to UNIR and Franciscanas de Montpellier), and José Luis Martínez de Urbina, Director of International Development of Academica Corp. and president of the entity in Spain (the main and largest American educational institution based in Miami, serving public education and high educational performance, with more than 200 schools, 150,000 students and 5,000 teachers In U.S.A.).
Julián demonstrated what can be achieved by accelerating capacity and will: he studies 2nd year of Baccalaureate … and in the afternoons, he runs his own company together with other young people:
Fossa Systems (picosatellite technology), combining it with the study of the American baccalaureate, the
Dual Academic Diploma. Iribas pointed out, for his part, how to approach entrepreneurship it is necessary to combine “inspiration, perspiration, training and passion.” The creation of study gateways (validations between disciplines), greater attention to Humanities in times of technology and the importance of regional initiatives such as the “4 ESO + Empresa” program were discussed in an exchange of experiences during which Martínez de Urbina highlighted how “passion must be added to value, in a process in which mistakes serve to advance ». Because “learning is opening the mind.”
The meeting featured the doctors Javier Zulueta (Pulmonologist, Area Chief at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, New York) and Carolina Galocha, in the third year of residency in gynecology and obstetrics at HM Hospitales, together with Ana Victoria Ugido, pharmacist, researcher and CEO of BTSA, and Ronald Maguiña, Compliance Process, Training & Systems Advisor at Roche Farma España. A whole journey through health care in its different aspects, from the conception and development of pharmaceutical products to patient care. # These experiences, many of them with a decided international projection and that in all cases have collaborated in the global fight against Covid-19, served to reflect on aspects such as the unappealable need to be faithful to the maxim of effort (“work, work and work”), to flee from unique visions to cultivate transversality and to park fear with mistakes in vocations.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
On this occasion, Academica and ABC summoned the engineer Ricardo Chocarro, CEO of Aernnova; to Nicolas Martinez, 2nd year student of Industrial Engineering at Tecnun (University of Navarra), already Maria Romera, who studied Organization Engineering (University of Seville) and works as a cybersecurity consultant at Deloitte. The conference contributed experiences from Martínez’s own (she has already participated in an electromagnetic brake prototype in collaboration with professors and colleagues) to the extensive curriculum of Chocarro, CEO of one of the world’s leading aeronautical structures companies and with experience in the renewable energy business, going through Romera’s training period, which included an Erasmus grant. One of the key messages to the attendees of the video conference was not to get obsessed if they do not have enough knowledge of mathematics, or technical drawing, etc. to start this journey … not contributing work, effort and interest is much more worrisome.
HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Thursday’s session summoned Sergio Palacin (double degree in Law and Business Administration from the University of Alicante) and winner of the Young Lawyers Award, organized by the Centro de Estudios Garrigues and the Garrigues Office (an institution to which he will join soon); Luis López Sánchez, Director of Talent at Deloitte (and Professor of Human Resources Strategy in various ISBIF programs) and Lourdes García Redondo, sociologist and head of the Communication Area of the Office of the Internship and Employment Office of the Complutense University of Madrid. # On this occasion, and in addition to agreeing, as in previous conferences, on the importance of key aspects such as mastering languages (especially English) or personal skills as a sign of distinction, future university students were invited to enjoy their entire course of study, not just the academic one.
Luis Prados Roa, 29 courses as coordinator of the Master of Journalism of ABC and 18 of the School of Practices of the newspaper; Cristina de Quiroga, editor of the Madrid section, and Josefina Giancaterino, currently in Society (and specialized in Education), contributed several keys on Friday the 30th about the present and future of the journalistic profession. # It was highlighted how nothing is written in high school times: Roa studied Law, from Quiroga, of Pharmacy … but the vocation was stronger. As in the rest of the days, the message of not giving up a vocation, no matter how difficult the job prospects may be, got through: there are many possibilities of professional development, in this case, as a journalist in a medium, in a communication agency, in a non-journalistic company, etc. Everything, in times of an overabundance of messages and ‘fake news’ in which professionalism is on the rise. An opportunity to take the pulse of society … and tell about it.