Business School a university for the real world


09 July 2019

Have you been set on your career goal since preschool or are you still figuring out what you want to do in the real world?  Either way, the QUT Open Day at the Gardens Point (city) campus on July 28 is set to inspire and will feature graduates who’ve followed their dreams and different paths to success.

Open Day is an opportunity talk to QUT alumni, students and staff about courses and careers, join guided tours of both campuses (Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove – including the brand new Education Precinct), learn about uni applications and scholarships, and even be in the running to win a MacBook.

Before you come, make sure you get your hands on the Open Day Planner and create your own personalised plan for the event.  (And if you’re unsure what to study, you can try the interactive Match My Skills quiz.)

David Ashby.

Brisbane primary school teacher David Ashby is one of the graduates coming ‘home’ to QUT for Open Day to talk to visitors at the Faculty of Education tent about his career change.

“Coming from a trade background, I needed to build confidence in my ability to study again … When I commenced at QUT I attended free learning seminars that gave me many academic skills,” he said.

“This support helped me thrive in my studies and even achieve an Academic Excellence Award. The range of extra learning opportunities offered at QUT supported me throughout my journey, and helped me secure my first teaching job before I graduated.”

Alexandria Griffiths.

IT graduate Alexandria Griffiths will be at the Science and Engineering Faculty tent on July 28 to chat with visitors about her journey to becoming a software developer at Brisbane company Patient Zero.

“I worked really hard in my little high school on the Sunshine Coast and was awarded QUT’s ‘Go for IT gURL’ merit scholarship (now Women in IT Merit Scholarship) … I’m still thankful for the opportunities it provided me – not only did it give me the financial leg-up to move away from home for study but it opened up QUT’s College of Excellence, where I was able to build a wonderful network of friends,” she said.

“I studied the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment (now Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments) majoring in programming for two years before changing into and graduating with a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in computer systems and minoring in marketing.”

Luke Stutter.

Luke Stutter has the runs on the board to pass on some advice to students interested in studying with QUT’s Faculty of Health.

The Bribie High OP1 graduate entered QUT as a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar (now called QUT Excellence Scholarships) and graduated in 2017 with a dual degree in exercise science and psychology, then completed his honours in psychology last year. 

He said during his exercise science degree he also got to do an “amazing” internship with the Queensland Reds that got his foot in the door of a competitive industry.

He now works as the athletic development coordinator at St Patrick’s College and an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the Brisbane Lions AFC Academy.

“I always had a passion for sport and performance and really enjoyed science in school,” he said. “If I was no longer the athlete, I wanted to make sure I could help other athletes achieve their goals and combine my interests.”

Hannah Fas.


Over at the Faculty of Law stand, Hannah Fas will share her stories about life as a double degree student - law and applied science (biotechnology) - and her new role at McCullough Robertson as an intellectual property and competition lawyer.

“Having two degrees makes you very employable,” she said.

During her studies Hannah also did a six-month exchange to Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain.



  • The 2019 QUT Open Day will run from 9am to 3pm at the Gardens Point (city) campus on Sunday, July 28.
  • For programs and maps, and parking and transport options visit QUT Open Day.
  • You can also share your experiences of the day via #QUTOpenDay on Twitter (@QUT) and Instagram (@qutrealworld).

QUT Media contacts:
- Mechelle McMahon,
- Rose Trapnell, or 0407 585 901 (including after hours)


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