Results of the italian focus group
The main purpose of the MASTER THE ACT project is to explore which personal and professional areas of knowledge, capabilities and competences are required for the position of Creative Mentor for Employability, a professional who shall follow the Fake It Methodology.
After an initial national on-desk research on the target profiles of drama teachers and business coaches/mentors, and online survay was carried out to collect further details and suggestions from professionals. The third step was a focus group with the target professionals of the project. The Italian focus group was held on 4 May 2021 from 11.00 to 12.30, online on the Zoom platform.
The two Italian partners (Materahub and L’Albero) planned the action together, dividing the tasks and the areas of interest between them. They involved 8 professionals from the “performing Arts” sector and the “Coaching / mentoring” sector, inviting 4 actors/actresses, 1 business coach and 3 navigators from ANPAL services, National Agency for Active Employment Policies. The “Navigators” are a new Italian profile that has the task of directing and guiding in the labour market all those who need and request it through the Employment Centres.
As a conclusion of this cycle of researching studies, interviews and focus groups we can sum up the results:
The “creative mentor for employability” is a professional with an open mind and great listening skills who has direct knowledge of the labour market and who can use unconventional techniques and methods to stimulate self-awareness. The mission is to “ground” the ambitions and ideas of people looking for their first or new job, supporting them in planning a job search process, from digitalisation to time management, giving direction and guidance through scheduled meetings, orienting them in the labour market and motivating them to continuous training (in a logic of learning to learn). Its responsibility is related to the “job search process” and to “the how”; the result (positive and negative) of the search must instead be established immediately as a task and responsibility of the person looking for a job.
Compared to the possibility given to this new profile and to the desire to undertake a training pathway aimed at acquiring skills and abilities, the professional profiles of the artistic/theatre sector are open to training more as experimentation and a focus that can however be useful to their work, i.e. the artistic one.
It is different for the “NAVIGATORS”, for them it is a useful process because it can represent a channel of continuous training, enhancing the skills that come from the world of theatre, since they declare to be already aligned for the digital ones, without which they could not do their job.
In Italy, the situation seems to be characterised by a series of professional profiles already active as new figures linked to the theme of “employability” figures entering the sphere of “formal” actions and paths of Italian governance. They are guidance practitioners and tutors linked by contracts to public agencies (through public notices and competitions/listing based on sectoral competences). The challenge to undertake here, in Italy, for the MACT project is to imagine a training path linked to our competences for these figures in a logic of long-life learning. The leap would be that of activating dialogues and institutional tables and social partners so that these lists and competitions are also open to profiles coming from the world of performing arts and not only from social/pedagogical/psychological fields.