F: Hey everyone, how are you doing? F: We are here at the Grand Juliet Park, Silvério Gomes, interviewing Mariana Lemos F: She works for Nestlé, here in Sao Paulo. F: She’ll be talking about her job here…
J: A not very well known job, J: specially for us, students at university, a job that is not really appreciated… F: where did you go to college? M: I majored in Pharmacy from the University of Sao Paulo M: and now I work as an specialist in Regulatory Affairs at Nestlé. J: we all have that doubt about choosing a major, how did you make that choice? M: I was never really sure that I wanted to major in Pharmacy, and what to do with my carreer M: it is a common doubt amongst students… M: I started thinking about the subjects i liked M: like the exact sciences, Chemistry and Biology… M: and I would think about what made me interested, what did I like doing M: and I came to the conclusion that I really liked everything related to Food M: and also Health, so I searched for courses regarding those subjects. M: I applied for Pharmacy, Food Engineering and Nutrition. M: at the time, my stepfather is a Pharmacist, so I leaned towards Pharmacy. M: He showed me how complete the graduation in Pharmacy is, the fact that it gives you M: a vast knowledge in Chemistry and Biology. He also showed me how broad the field for a Pharmacist can be M: even if I don’t know where to head next, Pharmacy gives you the basis to perform in many fields M: and that also allows you to make a certain choice for the future ahead. M: So that’s why I chose Pharmacy, and I do not regret it. J: Were you scared of chooosing a Health Science? J: In High School, we don’t get a lot of information on them, except fot Medical and Dental School… J: and Pharmacy is usually restricted to Dispensing and Compounding, J: and on the other hand, there is the clinical part of Pharmacy, so were you scared of Health Sciences? M: I was scared cause I thought I’d be restricted. I thought I’d spent my days behind a counter M: working on Drug Dispensing. But I believed in the plenitude of this carreer… M: I was really scared of this “restrictiveness”, cause I thought Pharmacy had a lot potential to explore. M: And as always, focused on Food, that was my interest. F: Tell me about you graduation experience, did you went for the Food field, or did you manage your graduation F: for that goal? Did you think of managing your graduation…? M: Throughout my graduation, I was an applied student, I’d study everyday, really apply myself M: I had an interested in Food Sciences, so I took the electives regarding that subject M: Even though we have a generalist graduation, I leaned towards those subjects. M: that’s how I tried to manage my graduation. M: I participated in some volunteer campaings for Diabetes, for the interaction with the general public M: a bit of the Pharmacist experience, the contact with the patients M: I realized I really like Food Sciences, so I searched for internships in that area. M: my first one was inside the Biochemical Food Lab at the university M: I realized I had no job being in the lab, so that internship became very short, M: like, 4 months, cause I had no skills for the lab work. M: I went on another path, and got my second internship, in Medical Visitation M: at a pharmaceutical company, as a propagandist M: my first internship was voluntary, so I was in the need to get paid and get a job, M: so I looked for this second internship in the industry, a paid one, M: so I worked as a propagandist, I visited doctors, and I realized that M: outside jobs, working on the streets with the public was not my thing. M: I started searching more intensely for internships in Food related fields, and I found the Nestlé internship. M: It was the “Food Legislation Internship”, and I didn’t know what it was. M: However, Nestlé is a famous company, and really well known in food, so I’m still working there! F: Did you get involved in-
J: Research?
F: research, or Junior enterprises? M: my first internship was kind of like a reseach, but I didn’t have a project of my own M: I helped everyone from the lab. It was a short program, M: and if I liked it, I’d get a project and maybe a scholarship. M: due to my desinterest, I ended up not following that path. J: up next, internship.
M: yeah, in industry. M: now, talking about participating in entities, I always had that interest, but M: I was really involved in my studies and internships, I didn’t get to participate that much. M: it’s something I lack of. If I could turn back time, I’d join. M: my sister is also majoring in Pharmacy, and she gets involved with those projects, M: academic unions, and stuff, that brings a lot of experience and baggage to your graduation. M: sticking only to studying for the test s does not give you all the basis you need, M: it’s definitely something I lack of. F: What else did you do? Do you like sports, or…? M: Nothing! Like sports…
F: Pharmacy is pretty packed!
M: yeah, it is. M: I studied all day long and all night I spent in the library. I was really a nerd. M: I spent the weekends at my hometown with my family M: my academic life was all about studiyng!
J: 100%!
M: Exactly! J: Regulatory affairs, the name alone scaress me! J: What is it about? M: So, basically, we need to insure that the product that will be sent to the consumer M: will follow the legislative guidelines. M: from the very first development, the first formulation, till the production of that food, M: to the commercialization, all of that needs to be in accord with the legislation. M: Legislation coming from ANVISA, Agriculture Secretary… J: those laws are based on Pharmacopoeias, correct? So you get n contact with them… M: yes, yes, our work starts with the basis of food, its components. M: its ingredients, its additives… M: It’s all in the legislation. ANVISA for examples, defines which M: additives are safe for consumption and what are the limits M: So our sector needs to affirm that the product is in accord with the laws and guidelines. F: You work, really, in a office? M: Yes, in an office. F: Lab analysis…? M: No, no…
J: You get the results from the lab, right? M: We get them from the Development. So the formulation is set, we get it in a spreadsheet, or system… M: I do my work sitting down in front of a computer. M: We do get, eventually, to attend meetings with the regulatory agencies M: there is an interface, also with sanitary agencies, regarding specific points, M: We attend meetings with associations to discuss legislation, meeting with other M: companies to argue about certain points of discussion, to propose different M: set of legislation. Later, after we are aligned with the partners M: we can bring the ideas and suggestions to the authorities. M: so there is a personal interaction factor in the job as well. M: But most of it is office based. M: You need to like working in an office for this job, in a computer… J: How many of you are responsible for that job? M: Well it’s a huge company, so our sector is divided. M: We have a subsector for Child Nutrition, a very sensitive area, taking care of baby food, formula M: We have a specific sector hospitalar care, a sector for Purines, M: a specific lab for Animal Nutrition, totally separated from the rest, with its own M: legislation for these kinds of products, M: There is the huge Corporative Sector, that takes care of all the other products, M: chocolates, ice cream, milk,, cookies, that is the sector I work in. M: We are five analysts, two interns and the management. M: We have the opportunity to work with different categories of products, M: To each category, a different set of knowledge. M: we try to get a job rotation around the area, to expand our growth and knowledge. M: There’s something I’d like to share with you about this field, that… M: Legislation is not static. M: We have to be in accord to it, but constantly adapting to the new changes on it. M: There’s two sides of it: One, the population pressure to change the legislation in their behalf, M: which impacts us as well. M: Impacts the consumer, the final person on the line of production J: What about post-graduation? Did you apply for it? J: Did you get involved in it , trying to enhance the knowlegde in the field? M: I’ve always wanted to continue my education, so I wondered if it was advantageous to apply M: for post-graduation in Regulatory Affairs. M: When I decided I would apply for it, M: I actually choose to not apply in Regulatory Affairs, M: cause it’s a very specific area. When you work in the field, you get so enriched with knowledge M: that I don’t think it’s necessary to get a post–graduation on it. M: I don’t judge or condemn those who choose to do so, it’s always a good idea to M: we should always be complementing our graduation. M: I chose to apply for Business Management. M: I thought it would expand my point of view, in subjects like finances and operations M: that I didn’t get from my graduation. M: My graduation was very technical. M: I do think my graduation served to shape who I am, but I felt the need to improve in the corporative field. J: You took the course in order to advance in your career, so what do you seek now? M: I seek international experiences, and in long term, I’d like to M: manage teams, to inspire and lead people to success. M: To develop people in Regulatory Affairs. M: To spread my knowledge and contribute to the growth of new teams. F: For those who are interested in working in a more F: corporative setting, specially in a job like yours F: what tips do you have for the people, maybe students who will be interested F: from this video F: or maybe from other instance? M: Well, for those studying Pharmacy – or other related courses- M: that are interested in Regulatory Affairs, M: my tip is, go after informations about the field, talk to people that already M: work in the field, and when you finally get an internship in this area, show your work and interest M: be curious, dedicate yourself to it. That’s what I did, I worked a lot M: Do a complete job, I went out of my way to get the job done, more than what people asked me to M: you’ll harvest the fruits from your work, you’ll get hired and start your carreer. F: I’d like to thank your collaboration with us! F: She is one of our first guests, and we are talking about a huge company F: a lot of people want to work there! Thank you so much, F: your collab was really important to us! F: thanks everyone, see you soon! M: thanks for the invite! That’s our video! Leave your comment, like and share this video with a friend, Pharmacy student or not, Anyone who wants a job at Nestlé like Mariana. See you in the next video!


  1. Gostei muito do vídeo, da entrevista, no entanto, acho necessário me manisfestar no que tange à primeira fala do Jorge onde ele diz que na Unifal não há enfoque sobre exigências legislativas de produtos alimentícios. Eu RALEI como um condenado para me livrar da área de alimentos (para qual não tenho a MÍNIMA aptidão) que contou com disciplinas como bromatologia, tecnologia de alimentos, microbiologia de alimentos, controle microbiológico e também organização de processos (não lembro o nome da disciplina) que tratam exatamente sobre quais requisitos são exigidos pelas legislações vigentes. Logo o curso de Farmácia Generalista da Unifal abrange sim a área tratada.

  2. Gostaria de saber se somente a graduação de farmácia na faculdade pública possibilita trabalhar em indústria de alimentos?! Quero fazer farmácia, mas me especializar em bromatologia, mas não sei como está o mercado😁

  3. Que tipo de graduação devo fazer pra quando terminar o curso, e querer trabalhar na indústria alimentícia? – estou cursando farmácia e gostaria de me preparar caso essa seja um área que devo seguir.

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