PROFESSIONAL PROFILE, ACADEMIC FORMATION AND JOB MARKET FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF HUMAN RECOURSE PROFESSIONALS
 
Gondim, S.M.G., Brain, F. and Brasileiro, M., Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
 
During the year 2000, a qualitative research was developed involving 53 senior undergraduate students from a public university in the interior of Brazil. Among the many conclusions, two deserve special mention: the first is that the students have a fragmented view about the professional profile required by the job market, which seems to make their future plans harder. The second conclusion is that the limited opportunities in terms of practical learning during their undergraduate education contributed to making them feel unprepared and insecure in facing the job market, believing that enrolling themselves immediately in graduate programs would give them the required qualification. If, on the one hand, there is already some knowledge about the undergraduate student perspective and their relationship with the job market, on the other more investigation would be necessary on how the specialists in human resources or those responsible for recruiting and selecting people, are evaluating the quality of the professionals arriving in the job market from centers of education, especially the universities. In sum, this research, in conclusion stage, made use of qualitative methodology and of a in-depth technique of interviews with 40 professionals aiming to obtain their opinions on: I) professional profile required by the job market; II) difficulties found in the process of recruiting and selecting professionals habilitated to the market; III) training programs adopted to supply the lacking professional qualification, and finally; IV) perspectives of approximation between university education and the job market.