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he economic crisis, wich five
years on from the "Lehman
Brothers" failure, has not yet
been resolved. The future still seems
very grim and Italy in most respects
seems a country for old men, as
young people's unemployment rate
rose to 30%, about 10 or 15 percent
over the OECD average.
Despite all the issues, there are still
companies like Dallara that believe in
young people, hiring fresh graduates,
giving them sense of responsibility.
Because only their fresh-minded
approach can lead to innovation, new
ideas, motivation, enthusiasm.
Actually, many Nobel prize winners
were younger than 35. We spoke with
two young, 28-year-old Dallara
engineers about the crisis, the job
market and their perspectives.
Marcello Alfieri from Parma, is being
working for Dallara for the last three
years, while Giacomo Campione, from
Palermo, has joined one year ago.
How did you meet Dallara. It was a
choice or just fate? What pushed you
towards the motorsports industry?
Marcello Alfieri (M.A.): My father
passed on his passion for motorsport
since I was a kid and, living in Parma,
I always kept learning about all the
wins scored by Dallara. The ambition
of being working in the automotive
field for a living brought me to
choose a technical-scientific path for
my studies since high school.
Then I decided to continue here at
the University of Parma despite the
fact that there wasn't a specific
course related to cars. Together with
some friends, we put together a
Formula SAE team to increase our
knowledge. It's been a choice based
on my passion for motorsports, then
of course the proximity also had its
part in it.
Giacomo Campione (G.C.): In my case
it's been a mix of both things. When I
graduated I wanted to follow my
passions and work in the automotive
field, but I did not send my
application directly to Dallara. Let's
say that I've been scouted around the
web while I was almost accepting
another position. When I had to
decide, I opted for the Varano-based
factory due to its fascinating history
and heritage, the type of job that was
offered me and because it would
have been one of the few chances to
work in the motorsports arena, which
is difficult to reach from other paths.
Motorsports mean technology,
innovation, dedication, passion,
competition and deep relations that
you can build with people. It's
difficult to find all these things in a
work environment.