Alumni

Alumni

Aware that the greatest asset of a school are its students (current and alumni), the School of Economics and Management and the Católica Porto Business School offer a set of services to support the students’ career development, promote their participation in the School initiatives and ensure coordination with the Alumni Association, the Católica Porto Business Alumni, through the Strategic Leadership Hub.

The Strategic Leadership Hub (SLH) is an innovative initiative of the School of Economics and Management and the Católica Porto Business School in the soft skills development area and the connection to the business community and the entire business alumni network. It intervenes across the various levels of education (Undergraduates and Masters) and in Executive Education.
Learn more about the SLH here.

Our Alumni can benefit from some services or collaborate with the School in various initiatives.

Career coaching

Career coaching aims to support professionals to think strategically about their career and their positioning in the labour market. It is therefore an appropriate service to those looking for a new professional challenge but also to those who wish to evolve in the organisation where they are integrated. The process may also have as its objectives the development of soft skills such as communication, interpersonal relationships and conducting meetings.

This service is available to all former students of the School of Economics and Management and the Católica Porto Business School. It is fully personalised and free of charge.

Applications open throughout the whole year.

For further information contact Andreia Ferreira, Alumni Relations Manager – alferreira@porto.ucp.pt| +351 226196200 (ext. 103)

Link with the Católica Porto Business Alumni


The Católica Porto Business Alumni is the association of Alumni of the Católica Porto Business School which has roughly 2000 members. Its mission is the reinforcement of visibility, reputation and influence of Católica and its alumni students in society. With that purpose, the Association organises events in order to promote networking and boosts the sharing of opportunities and information online.

Recruit our talent

Recruitment

The Strategic Leadership Hub provides companies the following recruitment, selection and candidates referencing services, totally free of charge:

Job offers communication

Information about job opportunities among current students and Alumni of the Católica Porto Business School. This may be made through various communication channels taking into account the requirements of the desired profile.

Initial screening of applications

Support in the early stages of candidates’ selection, including the receipt of applications and the initial screening of curriculum based on objective requirements set by the company.

Candidates referencing

Identification, among current students and Alumni of the the Católica Porto Business School, of professionals who match a certain skills and availability profile defined by the company, without involving the disclosure of an employment opportunity.

Presentations and selection interviews

Availability of university facilities and logistical support when holding company presentations and candidate selection interviews. Depending on the target audience of the company's interest, the best framework for each initiative is then defined together with the company.

Available throughout the academic year

For further information contact Valquíria Dias: vdias@porto.ucp.pt or Andreia Ferreira alferreira@porto.ucp.pt | +351 226196200 (ext. 103)

Internships and projects

The Alumni can propose internships and simultaneously assume the role of mentors or supervisors of students within the organisation. Internships may be summer internships, for Undergraduate programmes, or curriculum internships with respect to Masters programmes, launching research questions that enable students to finish their Masters final assignment within an organisational context.

Internship opportunities are extremely meaningful experiences for students thus providing direct contact with the real work environment and the confrontation with their own knowledge and skills.

The Strategic Leadership Hub ensures the proactive raising of the following types of internships and projects:

Summer internships

Summer internships target pre-finalists graduates in Economics and Management who have distinguished themselves with the best performance in the subject of Multidisciplinary Project II. The internships usually take place between July and September and have a minimum duration of 6 weeks and 210 hours.

Curriculum internships

These internships are aimed at final year students of various Católica Porto Business School Masters programmes wishing to carry out their Masters Final Assignment (MFA) in Internship mode.
In addition to the fact that the student develops everyday tasks defined by the company in the internship plan, it is asked to the sheltering company to set a research question that the student will have to answer in its Final Report. These internships usually take place between the months of September and February. They have a minimum duration of 4 months and 560 hours and the students are guided by a School faculty member.

Curriculum Projects

The curriculum projects are aimed at final year students of various Católica Porto Business School Masters Programmes who intend to carry out their Masters Final Assignment (MFA) in the Project mode.
In this context, students develop a project that addresses the question or need identified by the company in the form of a research question. In this mode the student does not have a job neither a timetable in the sheltering company, and is only present every time the company defines as necessary to develop the project. The projects usually take place between the months of September and February and the students are guided by a School faculty member.

The period of raising internships and projects takes place annually between the months of February and April.

In addition to the internships and these projects, there is the possibility of holding the Supplementary Internships Curriculum, with a protocol with the University. These internships may arise at the initiative of students or businesses.

Available throughout the academic year

For further information contact Valquíria Dias: vdias@porto.ucp.pt or Andreia Ferreira alferreira@porto.ucp.pt | +351  226196200 (ext. 103)

Opportunities to cooperate with the School

The Business Alumni play an important role with regard to the cooperation with the School in a number of initiatives to support current students.

Applications open throughout the year.

Contact: Andreia Ferreira, Alumni Relations Manager –alferreira@porto.ucp.pt

Collaborate as jury in project subjects

The Skills Statement Public Sessions or Final Presentations in the project subjects have the participation of an external jury that consists of reputed business people. These representatives offer to pose questions to students about the work presented, as well as to provide personalised feedback, by making constructive criticism to area in need of improvement and strengthening the successes and achievements made by the students.

The alumni can integrate any of the sessions as jury. This collaboration takes place in a morning or an afternoon. This moment is an opportunity for students to receive recognition and external validation by renowned representatives of the business community. For employers this event can also provide an opportunity for recruitment, which is intended for excellence, as well as a visible and rewarding approach to university.

Integration of Católica Porto Business School Mentoring programmed aimed at 2nd cycle students

The Católica Porto Business School Mentoring Programme, which has Google official support, aims to prepare today's students for the challenges they may encounter in the labour market by having contact with well-reputed professionals.

The mentees are 2nd cycle students in the Católica Porto Business School and the mentors are a group of professionals, mainly in the fields of economics and management, who establish a close relationship with the Católica Porto Business School as alumni or strategic partners. Mentors may be invited or enroll on their own initiative.

The mentor's role is:

• To share their route, their experiences and the choices that marked their career, creating a close relationship with the mentee;
• To contribute to a better understanding of the mentee in terms of functions, training, activity sectors, future challenges, among others;
• To facilitate networking with professionals and signal opportunities to be explored by the mentee.

All mentors and mentees can integrate the Mentoring Programme community on Google+, an exclusive group that allows contact between all participants involved in the Mentoring Programme.

Mentors are requested a minimum of 6 contacts – face-to-face or virtual meetings, e-mail response, visit the company where the mentor works, among others – in a maximum of 6 hours per year.

Participation as a speaker at Católica Porto Business School Invites Companies

The Católica Porto Business School Invites Companies is another university-industry cooperation practice, in which external guest speakers are invited (business representatives) to present an experience or explore a particular topic related to a particular subject. This initiative will abridge theory and practice, showing applicability and relevance of the contents taught.

The Alumni may propose topics within the subjects set out in the curriculum.

Support in carrying out visits to companies

The aim of these visits is to provide students with career exploration opportunities in a business context. Thus, the aim is to show students different realities in the various sectors of activity. During these visits, the companies present the areas they operate in and students can ask questions and clarify all their doubts.
The Alumni can organise or facilitate internal contact in the company where they work and arrange a visit.

Integration of available professionals for career exploration interviews

Direct contact with Alumni network professionals already integrated into the labour market allows students to better understand the possible areas of professional integration they have at their disposal within the framework of Economy and Management, in logic of career exploration and career itself.

The possibility of a student interviewing a professional and collecting their testimonial allows the deconstruction of stereotypes and unrealistic visions of the labour market, the realisation of academic and professional conscious choices and the development of more effective graduate-company approach speeches.

The alumni can offer to integrate the portfolio of professionals to be interviewed. Contact with students is mediated by the Strategic Leadership Hub of the School and occurs upon the professional’s availability.