Experiencing hurricanes in New Orleans and mudslides in Machu Picchu inspired Cole Gainer’s career in environmental management.
Planning for the people and contributing to the creation of spaces is what Nicholas Nalder enjoys most about his role as a Transport Planner.
“Careers are not always a straight line where you study to be a planner, get a job as a planner, progress to more senior planning roles and finally retire. A planning degree can be a foundation to a wide range of careers."
Camille Percival’s Bachelor of Environmental Management provided her with many great experiences – including spotting an elusive Lumholtz tree kangaroo – and led her to a rewarding career in environmental protection.
“The research opportunities at UQ are top notch. Why settle for the real world when you can go a step further and change it for the better”.
“My Master of Environmental Management helped me to develop my skills and increase my employability.”
The role sees Sophie liaising with several significant government departments and clients.
Angela’s current role with CNC is varied and finds her working with spatial data, managing data collection in the field, training non-GIS staff in data capture and providing mapping for various clients.
“UQ offered courses that were relevant to my work, so I could study through a workplace program,” Ms Batton said.
“The value of planning, and the role it can play in improving resilience in our communities is something that I am very passionate about.”
“The best part about my study was that it enhanced my desire to bring about positive change in the community, government, local and global environments"
She is implementing programs to encourage inclusive growth and poverty reduction in the Philippines, using the skills she learnt in her Development Practice (Development Planning) program at UQ.
"I get to do lots of travel. I spent seven weeks in Africa through my job with Ensight on a Rio Tinto mine site as part of a project to develop an energy strategy for them"
After receiving his Master of Environmental Management in 2011, UQ graduate Nam Hoai Nguyen returned home to begin working on a sustainable energy vision for Vietnam
"My degree from UQ prepared me with the knowledge and problem solving skills to deal with various global environmental and conservation issues"
I wanted to study at UQ because the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is host to world-leading researchers in the field of migration and human spatial mobility.
“I look forward to a time when development of our resources happens with utmost concern for people and the planet rather than profit"
"I work in the planning law team of the Legal Services division and my BRTP definitely helped me in getting this job, as a good understanding of the planning system is required"
"I chose the University of Queensland because it offered the best courses in carbon management and sustainability business practice"
"Studying at UQ gave Chris the opportunity to develop contacts with researchers and respected peers in industry that in turn led to a range of jobs"
"I’m able to influence real outcomes on the ground, helping to create a more sustainable urban environment"
"One of the features of the UQ program was the exposure that students received to other fields of study and lecturers from other departments: everything from surveying and soil science to sociology and law"
[UQ] is huge, academically prestigious and research-hungry, which is all you aim for when deciding where to do your postgraduate studies
"Coming out of UQ with hundreds of hours of hands-on use of industry standard GIS technology, backed by the theory provided in the lectures had me job ready"
"I plan to continue my work on interesting and challenging topics that help make our world a better and more ecologically sustainable place."
“Drawing on the formal knowledge I gained from my recent studies at UQ, I can share, develop and apply solutions to sustainability problems through my growing network"
“The opportunity to complete an Industrial Placement and also the honours research I undertook during my final year was a valuable and enjoyable experience that gave me the focus needed to pursue a career in business sustainability”.
“I am very keen to assist in raising the profile of social planning issues”
“I think that having a UQ degree really gives you an edge in the job market"
"Sound theoretical background & practical work during my study helped me to be firm in developing concepts, methods and applications that are crucial for my daily work”
The diversity of Sarah’s work means that she is constantly on the go.
“As an undergraduate student I studied in the fields of both Geographical Science and Earth Science. I enjoyed the variety of courses that I could select from that suited my interests within these fields"
"Being given an understanding of the variety of environmental issues and management techniques,.... meant that I went into the workplace well-equipped to provide advice and guidance to industry and government on key issues”
"I received one of the best quality educations in Australia, and consequently it is helping me to achieve my professional goals in my environmental career"
"I was provided with two very rewarding professional experiences during my time at UQ..."
Dr Subramanian is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) in the University of Bonn, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutions in development research.
“There aren’t nearly enough young scientists in this research area, especially women. UQ is one of the leading Universities in this field and offers a full spectrum of geographical science courses.”
The Environmental Management Master´s program offered me the possibility to cater my course options depending on my interests and needs as an international full-time student
"Choosing UQ was a matter of deciding where I would receive a high quality education and what would be most useful to me in the future".
"UQ is a great environment to learn and experience a whole range of applications for sustainability principles"
"I have been able to access state of the art resources, funding for my own research at UQ and most importantly, a wide range of contacts within the weather community"
"If I could do my university days over again I would still choose UQ, still choose my degree and still choose the St Lucia campus"
"I applied for a job with Urban Renewal Brisbane in Brisbane City Council as the job description reminded me of my 3rd year planning project, which I had really enjoyed"
From an early age I had an interest in how towns and urban form worked – so it was a natural decision to choose Town Planning
"My degree has allowed me to follow my intended career path. It prepared me for the workplace and the issues and processes required on a daily basis"