I love the variety of my job. I get to work alongside environmentalists, transport planners and engineers.
What was the best part of your studies?
Some highlights of university included:
- Being elected president of the Organisation of Planning Students
- Being asked to be Veldictorian of my graduating class
- Friendships made with my cohort (some of whom remain my closest friends)
- Studying in Can Tho, Vietnam as part of a summer semester elective course
- Having a group assignment published in the Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues
What kind of things do you do as a town planner?
I project-managed development applications of varying scales (including minor residential developments through to major master planned subdivisions). As part of a secondment, I was involved in the procurement phase of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage two.
I was also tasked with development feasibility activities, assisting clients with determining whether a potential project would be economically viable.
I also worked for Aurecon as a student planner, where I assisted Telstra, the NBN program and Optus with site selection for telecommunications towers and upgrades.
What are your plans for the future?
I recently relocated to the U.K. on a two year working visa. My intention is to gain employment as a town planner in London. I believe this move will help me further develop my understanding of town planning, through direct exposure to a different city and different planning system.
What advice do you have for anyone deciding how to start their career?
I recommend choosing UQ. It is a great university, not just from an academic viewpoint, but also from a social and personal development viewpoint. The university opens doors to opportunities you may never have expected.