Beginning of residency: November 30, 2020

IEAT resident, Sérgio Dias Cirino holds a degree in Psychology from UFMG. Master and PhD from the University of São Paulo (USP). He served as a visiting professor at Osaka Kyoiku Daigaku, Japan, and held a Postdoctoral fellowship at West Virginia University, United States. He is a Full Professor at the Department of Psychology at UFMG. CNPq Research Productivity Scholarship (PQ2) since 2010. Coordinator of the Journals Policy of the State of Minas Gerais within FAPEMIG. Alumni Coordinator – Transdisciplinary group of studies and research on careers and graduates, certified by CNPq. He was coordinator of the Graduate Program in Psychology at UFMG from 2018 to 2020. Among his areas of interest are: Professional and Career Guidance; Graduates; Scientific divulgation; Teaching Psychology; Migrants and refugees.


In several countries it is common for universities to encourage and promote permanent relationships with their graduates. Although this culture is not so present in Brazilian universities, informally we know that there are UFMG graduates in various sectors of society, both in Belo Horizonte and in other municipalities in Minas Gerais and Brazil. But, unfortunately, we do not have systematic records of where our graduates are, how they are and what they do. And what about graduates linked to foreign institutions? We know even less…

The general objective of the research is to analyze the career paths of UFMG graduates who work in institutions outside Brazil. The research will be carried out from a qualitative design and, therefore, without pretensions of statistical sampling. The identified graduates will be invited to participate in the research through interviews that will be recorded, transcribed, systematized and analyzed.

The main justification for the project is the premise that knowing the reality of graduates will allow for more advanced reflections on the links between UFMG and its alumni and, eventually, the proposition of strategies for such links to be fostered and developed. The study, although carried out with UFMG graduates, has the potential to shed light on the same phenomenon at other universities.