Undergraduate courses in environment and technology promise to open doors in the labor market

Diário de S. Paulo – Talent & Success
Passport to the future

Patrícia Basilio

Jeffrey Abrahams says that one of the promising areas is petroleum engineering, as well as courses that focus on the quality of life

Jeffrey Abrahams says that one of the promising areas is petroleum engineering, as well as courses that focus on the quality of life

November 23, 2008 – Starting university is the first step young people take towards their professional future. Besides the difficulty in choosing the most appropriate course, students also have to face the challenge of passing the admittance exam. “In that phase, it is essential for the student to have room for reflection and support from their parents,” says Sidney Latorre, dean of Senac University Center.

According to headhunter Jeffrey Abrahams, managing partner of Abrahams &Associates, courses in technology and engineering in the petroleum area are new bets, currently. Traditional courses such as business administration, medicine, and law are still valued, but focused on the quality of life.

“College is very important because the student graduates from school with little skill and limited view of the market,” says Francisco Borges, academic director at IBTA College. According to Dario Alliprandini, academic director of the Superior School of Engineering and Management (ESEG), the role of the university is to prepare the student for the innovations and challenges in the world today.

Time for a decision

“There is no use in choosing a career the market want today, because a good undergraduate course takes at least four years. Another tip is not to focus exclusively on employability, but on affinity,” advises Luiz Fernando Garcia, national director of the social communication course at the Superior School of Advertisement and Marketing (ESPM).

For Paulo Meinberg, general director of Cantareira College, another mistake of students taking their admittance exam is to pick a courses in vogue, rather than one that corresponds to his or her profile and skills.

Choosing a profession is a moment of difficulty and anxiety for teenagers, who need to decide their path.

“The student does not need to become desperate by think that making it into college will seal his fate permanently,” highlights Sérgio Lazzarini, graduation director of Ibmec São Paulo. The campus pro-rector of the Nove de Julho University (Uninove), Renato Rodrigues Sofia, believes that the student applying for college has several professional ambitions and begins the course attempting to accomplish them. “University is essential for the student’s professional career, but reaching all objectives requires hard work.”

The effort is worthwhile. The good new is the following: “Companies will always be open to welcome young, promising talents who have energy, willingness, new concepts and techniques,” says Rodolf Ohl, sales and operations director of Monster Brasil Portal.