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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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CAMPOS, Elziane Bouzada Dias; ABBAD, Gardênia da Silva; FERREIRA, Camila Zeitouni  and  NEGREIROS, João Luis Xavier Magalhães de. Junior enterprises as spaces to support brazilian university student professional training. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.4, pp. 452-463. ISSN 1984-6657.

Junior Enterprises (JEs) are associations managed by undergraduate students who have emerged as leaders in the Brazilian market, and recognized as spaces that support professional training. This study aims to analyze this context by identifying: (1) what opportunities arise for those who participate in a JE; (2) the competencies learned by the junior entrepreneur in the JE; (3) the limitations and difficulties of the JEs; and (4) the opportunities and challenges of the JEs. The study included document analyses and semi-structured interviews with 21 participants (current and former junior entrepreneurs, professors, and professionals who provide entrepreneurial support). The data were submitted to content analysis. The competencies identified are related to the attributes and professional profiles required by the job market in diverse areas, and are indicated as differential aspects of successful entrepreneurs. The limitations indicate the need for actions that are linked to member training, financial reformulation, as well as actions promoting the aims of the JEs. The opportunities are present in the inherent structure and nature of the JEs, and offer direct as well as indirect benefits to their participants. It is hoped that the aspects identified can contribute to the development of junior entrepreneurs, the improvement of the services they provide to society, and encourage discussions about JE policies.

Keywords : competencies; entrepreneurship; professional training.

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