July 16, 2013

Alumar and UFMA hold their Ist Career Day


Talks, group dynamic exercises and a round table discussion yesterday marked the activities of the “Ist Career Day”, organized by Alumar in a partnership with the Federal University of Maranhão. The event took place in the Exact Sciences and Technology Center (CCET) and brought together hundreds of university students from the most diverse academic areas to hear from Alumar’s HR specialists what experience and requirements are necessary with regard to opportunities in and the demands of the labor market.

The Human Resources Manager from Alumar, Tereza Cavalca, opened the event with a talk entitled “The professional market within Alcoa and Alumar”. As an engineer, who graduated in the 1990s, she made a career in the first employment she took, in Alcoa, thanks to its visibility and the sense of the opportunities available for new challenges: “I took advantage of all the possibilities as a production engineer, and with career planning prepared in training courses within Alcoa itself, I saw myself faced with the challenge of taking on the position of the Human Resources manager”, she said, stressing the dynamic and flexible profile the market requires: “You can’t stand still. The world is looking for professionals who do what they like and are happy. Only in that way are they able to respond to this work dynamic” she said. 

Electrical engineering student, Estefano Moura, praised the UFMA’s and Alumar’s initiative: “It’s important to open up one’s knowledge of practical subjects that are inevitable, like preparing a résumé, for example, or how to behave in interviews, because at some time we’re going to need all that”, he said.

The “Ist Career Day” is the result of a collaboration agreement signed with UFMA. According to Professor Kátia La Salle, coordinator of the Science and Technology Course, the agreement is one of the working opportunities with Alumar: “Mutual contributions are essential. The research undertaken and new technologies developed favor the formation of students and guarantee that the company has greater productivity. In the end everyone wins”, she said.

About Alcoa

Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.

In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at