Innovative project brings theory and practice closer for administration students
With the goal of bringing management theory and practice closer, the Career Center of FGV’s Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) held the first edition of the Business Immersion project on July 24-28. For five days, undergraduate students had the opportunity to experience the reality of the job market in companies such as Templo, Malha, Vale, Ambev, Globo (Projac), BNDES, and Elumini.
“This program is critical for a manager’s education, since it promotes on-the-job training for students to actually apply the theory learned in the classroom throughout their experiences during this week”, said project coordinator Clarisse Andrade.
The project allowed students to experience different organizational cultures, as they visited companies from several different industries, both in the private and public sectors.
“The Business Immersion program is amazing, as it allowed us students to learn more about the corporate world in practice. We could actually see that, despite the specific characteristics of each segment, all companies manage to move forward successfully. This was essential to discover our future preferences. Learning a little about these companies’ everyday routine surely prepares us for what we are going to face in a few years”, said Gabriella Melo, from the fourth period.
The program also benefited the participating companies. According to Felipe Mendes, Governance Performance Executive Supervisor for Estúdios Globo, welcoming EBAPE students at Globo was a unique experience, which allowed professionals and students to network.
“Having the opportunity to prepare these young administration students will certainly give them a competitive edge when they join the job market. I see the Business Immersion program as an innovative project that allows students to reduce the gap between theory and practice, while also networking with managers. I’m sure they learned and had a great time at Globo,” he said.
This is the first edition of the business immersion project held in Rio de Janeiro. The initiative was inspired by the Business Trip held in February this year by EBAPE’s Career Center.