Why do a post in Public Policy

Anyone with a higher education in any area is able to take a master's degree in public policy or public administration, in Brazil or abroad. The ideal is that she already has some involvement with the public cause, but the course also serves for those who want to change careers and enter the sector. “The public sector is multidisciplinary, as well as the services provided, and professionals can engage in 'middle' activities - such as administrators, economists and accountants, who participate in the management of public services - or 'end' activities - such as doctors, engineers and lawyers, who actually deliver services to society, "explains Ivan Beck, a researcher in the area of ​​public management and professor at the Department of Administrative Sciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).

Whoever decides to take the master's degree usually has a clear objective: to understand in depth one of the themes of the public cause or to improve management and leadership skills. Usually, this person already works or wants to work in the government - in city halls, state departments or ministries -; in multilateral bodies - such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the United Nations (UN) -; in non-governmental organizations - with planning and articulation; in consultancies or other private companies - which often serve the public sector -; or in the area of ​​corporate social responsibility - although several already hire specialists in public policies for conventional positions, such as management and human resources.

This diversity is reflected in the profile of the master's students, especially abroad. Alexandre Fonseca, who studied Public Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, in the USA, says that his colleagues, coming from several continents, had previous professional activities very different from each other. “There were employees from international organizations in Africa to Wall Street operators, as well as members of several regional and federal governments. After the course, each one followed a course: some decided to pursue a doctorate, others went to the public sector in their countries, some to NGOs, and others to the private sector, such as consulting, rating and insurance companies ”, he says, who now works at the Federal Revenue of Brazil.

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