Brazil (University of São Paulo) USP career fair on the Butantã campus informs about courses and careers

The USP Butantã campus will host, from the 1st to the 3rd of September 2022, the  16th edition of  the USP and Profissões Fair . The initiative of the Pro-Rectory of Culture and University Extension of USP (PRCEU) is aimed at high school students and preparatory courses for the entrance exam. Participation is completely free, but to speed up entry, those interested can register in advance on the website .

After nine years of the last edition held on campus, the event returns to Cidade Universitária and offers students various possibilities, taking advantage of the proximity to teaching units, museums, laboratories and the environment that young people can find as a student, including activities taking place in several of these locations.

“The USP and Profissões Fair is a very important event because it involves all USP units and, mainly, because it brings the University very close to society. The dimension it has reached in recent years demonstrates this importance, especially since dialoguing with society is one of the pillars of our mission. During the fair, we have the opportunity to interact with tens of thousands of young people, as well as with their families, seeking to guide them in the best possible way to plan their future”, highlights professor Marli Quadros Leite, dean of Culture and Extension University of USP.

At Praça do Relógio, an architectural landmark and symbol of the University, the fair brings together stands with USP students and professors who present their careers and clarify doubts about the courses offered, the professions, the job market, academic training, subject grids, syllabus contents , university life and specializations.

Guidance will also be provided regarding ways to enter the University and programs and scholarships to encourage student retention. Professors will be informed about the extension courses offered by USP, many of which are free.

In addition to the main site, visitors can learn a little more about USP on the Giro Cultural tour, which will take a bus to various locations on campus.

Some activities will be carried out in a hybrid format, with live transmission on  the Youtube channel . For food, the 2022 edition will have a structure of food trucks . Special parking pockets will be allocated for bus accommodation.

interactive activities

To help students choose a profession, the Institute of Psychology at USP (IP) will hold workshops, such as Vocational Guidance. In previous years, the vocational stand was one of the most sought after by visitors and this time the activity will be held directly at the institute.

In addition to this action, the event offers interactive activities, shows and lectures, such as:

– The Química em Ação group, made up of students and professors from the Institute of Chemistry, uses theater and philosophy to tell stories in a didactic and interactive way;

– The  Physics Show , created over 38 years ago, performs curious and fun experiments to encourage the training of new scientists;

– Workshops by the USP Choir bring challenges and different strategies to work on the voice in collective and individual approaches. Aiming at improving body awareness, the dynamics of the choir work on issues such as posture, breathing, emission, articulation, resonance and musicality;

– Free cinema sessions with Cinusp;

– Musical performances by the USP Symphony Orchestra;

– The Giant Cell, developed by the Center for Human Genome Studies at the Institute of Biosciences at USP, makes it possible to get to know the inside of a cell with all its organelles, the nucleus, Golgi complex, mitochondria and others in a 40 cubic meter structure ;

– Sports workshops with the Sports Practices Center team;

– Exhibitions of USP museum collections;

– Chat rooms.

The choice of profession

One of USP’s largest and most traditional events in the area of ​​extension and relationship with society,  Feira USP e as Profissões  has been marked, for 20 years, by an intense participation of young people in search of their professional future.

The pro-rector comments that demand has grown even after two years in digital format.

“We had a surprising reach of this event even in digital format, with around 1 million accesses in the last editions. In the face-to-face format, demand reached around 70 thousand people in the three days of the event, showing the demand that exists for this type of information about careers and the possibilities for candidates to get vacancies here at USP. The fair is yet another strategy to democratize access to public and free universities, as it shows that everyone can and should have access to one of the best universities in the world”, emphasizes Marli.

The event

The USP e as Profissões Fair  is a completely free event and is part of the  USP e as Profissões Program ,  which also organizes guided visits to teaching units throughout the year.

The first edition took place in 2001, on the Ribeirão Preto campus. Until 2019, different USP campuses in the interior promoted annual editions, on a rotating basis. In the capital, the event has been held annually since 2006. After a period on the Butantã campus, the event was held from 2014 to 2019 at USP’s Science and Technology Park (CienTec). In 2020 and 2021, with the covid-19 pandemic, editions were online.

According to the USP Yearbook , updated in 2021, 329 undergraduate courses are offered in the capital and in the interior of the State, in addition to 439 master’s programs and 405 doctoral programs, with 60,817 students enrolled in undergraduate courses and 29,454 in graduate courses, divided into 13,980 in the master’s and 15,474 in the doctorate.