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Sophie Lam completed her Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning Degree in 2010. She now works for Ken Ryan & Associates in Toowong.
Sophie Lam completed her Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning Degree in 2010. She now works for Ken Ryan & Associates in Toowong.

Sophie Lam's job involves bringing people together—in her career as a planner, she teams up with architects and engineers to build Brisbane’s future.

Her 2010 Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning degree was invaluable in preparing her for this role.
 
“My degree placed a lot of emphasis on group work as a major part of assessment, and I think this has been one of the best ways to prepare for the work force.”
 
“Working in a group and being able to make decisions and carry out tasks is an integral part of any job, but particularly in Town Planning where collaboration with other planners and other disciplines is important to ensure that a project is successful and will work in real life. “
 
Sophie chose UQ because of its reputation for competitive graduates.
 
 “A big factor in choosing a university for me was my prospects of gaining employment upon graduation, and part of the reason I chose UQ to do my degree was its excellent graduate-employment rate. I think that having a UQ degree really gives you an edge in the job market.” 
 
Sophie secured a great job even before she finished her studies.
 
“A few months before I graduated I secured a job as a student planner at Ken Ryan and Associates, a small consulting firm at Taringa.  I now work at the firm full time,”
 
 “The Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning degree I completed has provided a good base with which to build my knowledge, allowing me to apply planning theory and principles to more recent planning practices and examples.”
 
Planning has also helped Sophie address the bigger environmental picture.
 
 “I was awarded a ‘UQ Summer Research Scholarship’ in my third and fourth years, which I used to undertake two major research projects relating to the development of climate change adaptation in town planning plans and policies.”
 
Sophie looks forward to a bright future in planning, a versatile career that can really take you places.
 
“It’s such a diverse job in that there are so many different positions you can fill and different skills you can learn, ”.

Last updated: Sep 17, 2012