The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management was disestablished on 1 January, 2017.

Following a review, the school was merged with the School of Earth Sciences to create the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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In the future I plan to continue my studies with a PHD in conservation planning at UQ. It was because of my Masters that I finally found an area which I have passion to work in.
In the future I plan to continue my studies with a PHD in conservation planning at UQ. It was because of my Masters that I finally found an area which I have passion to work in.

NB:Gustavo now works for multinational Laing ORourke as an Environmental Coordinator and his research has been accepted for publication in the ecology and society journal.

Gustavo Andrade returned to Brazil in June 2010 after completing his Master of Environmental Management at UQ.

“In the beginning, it was quite hard to find a job, because I was away from my home country for over 2 years, and consequently I lost crucial networks. However, having a Masters degree from UQ, one of the highest quality education providers in the world, was the major highlight on my CV. This was definitely paramount to opening the doors of the environmental industry for me here in Brazil.”
 
“For Brazilian companies, having a Masters overseas is seen as a great achievement. Principally because you have to face a different culture, different language and a different education system all together.”
 
Gustavo is currently working for Alpha Consulting Company in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His work involves investigating the environmental impact assessment process, highlighting bottle necks in the legislation and resolutions, and identifying possible improvements to the process.
When asked why he chose Australia for his Masters he responded “Australia is one of only a few developed nations, which through appropriate policies and environmental programs, is a role model of how to conciliate development with conservation. And studying in one of the top 3 universities in Australia was a great opportunity. Definitely in the GPEM department at UQ, 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.”

“In the future I plan to continue my studies with a PHD in conservation planning at UQ. It was because of my Masters that I finally found an area which I have passion to work in.”

As an international student Gustavo faced many challenges when starting his studies.
“I still remembered my first day at uni. I was quite nervous, afraid of not understand anything in the classroom. I met my colleagues and my professors. Afterwards the professor gave everyone a list of assignments and due dates. I confess, I was in shock, I barely get into the classroom and I already had 6 assignments to deliver by the end of the semester. At first glance, it was scary, but you get used to it, and learn to start planning how you are going to cope with so many things.”

“By the end of semester you actually feel relieved, and also excited about the next semester, which subject you will pick, which area you want to focus on. I definitely miss my student life at UQ.”

“Furthermore, I cannot forget about the UQ staff and professors, who were extremely important in helping me to succeed in my Masters. They were always there supervising me on my assignments, helping me to put my ideas and information together, in order for them to flow nicely, and maintain a high standard.”
 
Gustavo highlighted his final research project on conservation and planning in protected areas as the most rewarding part of his program. “I cannot describe in words how intense my learning was during this project. I have no doubts that I developed crucial skills, as well as a personal interest in research. I have also discovered that conservation and planning is definitely a career that I really want to get into.”
 
“I guess I could say that my final awards and achievement from my master are still to come.  My research project about protected areas has been formatted and submitted for publication in one scientific journal. I still have to receive the confirmation; however I am already proud of myself and my work. I could never imagine that one day I could actually publish anything. I have to thank my coordinator, Jonathan Rhodes, who help me and supervised me in that project. Without him I would never have had a chance to publish anything.”
 
When asked if he had any word of advice for other international students considering studying at UQ Gustavo was quick to reply.
 
“With no hesitation, my final message to any future candidates in UQ Post Grad programs is that studying overseas it is an experience of a life time. You are going to be surprised with yourself, how exciting it is to get out of your comfort zone, and improve your knowledge abroad.”
 
 

Last updated: Nov 7, 2012