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Real-world experience

'I was offered a job at EY after completing a vacation program with them. So many things we did in assignments at QUT were applicable to the work I was doing at EY, so my degree definitely prepared me for my career.'

Renita Fernandes

Hands-on learning

'QUT provided me with the perfect platform to become an entrepreneur. Throughout my degree I had opportunities to network and build my connections. I made sure that I attended events organised by all the business societies when possible. Simple things like attending QUT Accountancy Students' Association events meant that I knew the people within the society, and had a network of contacts when I started my own business.'

Dhilukshan Ramalingam

Real-world lecturers

Stephen Marsden is an accountancy lecturer in the QUT Business School. As a chartered accountant, a certified practicing accountant, and a chartered tax advisor with the Tax Institute of Australia, he has extensive industry experience working with KPMG in management consulting and in their business advisory division.

Stephen’s students benefit from his real-world experience and learn practical approaches to accountancy and taxation law that he has gained from working with and advising clients over many years. This real-world focus is sure to prepare you for your future career.

Career outcomes

  • Certified practicing accountant
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered tax advisor
  • Chief financial officer
  • Corporate secretary
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial controller
  • Financial project manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Wealth management consultant

Real-world experience

'At OMD I help my clients navigate the ever-changing and cluttered media landscape. I use media strategy to recommend specific media channels that will help support my clients' business objectives. QUT gave me the fundamental skills to kickstart my career as well as the practical skills to shine in the business graduate saturated market. QUT's career development programs, internships and mentorship programs definitely gave me an edge over the rest.'

Eunice Ablola

Hands-on learning

'I loved that the way we learnt was practical in real-world situations. QUT encourages all students to proactively reach out to companies and mentors. My course equipped me to tackle any challenge in my career with skill and professionalism. I am the founder and CEO of PepTalkHer - we are on a mission to close the gender pay gap and working with Fortune 500 companies to retain and supercharge high-potential leaders.'

Meggie Palmer

Real-world lecturers

Professor Gayle Kerr is a lecturer and researcher in advertising and integrated marketing communications in the QUT Business School. Her passion for advertising began as a copywriter where she gained real-world experience working in the industry for more than a decade, before transitioning to a career of teaching and researching.

Professor Kerr is one of the country’s leading advertising academics, and has been awarded Australia’s highest University Teaching Award, as well as being recognized with the prestigious American Academy of Advertising Billy I. Ross Award for Education. Her passion continues to grow as she inspires her students to pursue a rewarding career in advertising.

Career outcomes

  • Advertising account executive
  • Digital strategist
  • Copywriter
  • Planner
  • Media buyer
  • Advertising strategist

Real-world experience

'I became involved in QUT's work integrated learning program through studying an experiential learning unit focused on innovation. As part of this experience I had the opportunity to intern at Deloitte Australia in their strategic consulting division. I expanded my professional network, interacted directly with clients and put my classroom learnings into practice. This proved invaluable for my personal development, and led me to a role with Deloitte after graduating.'

Jessica Bohan

Hands-on learning

'I'm a hands-on learner so I've worked either part time or full time as a paralegal while doing my studies. I wouldn't have been able to do this if I didn't have access to lectures online, and if the staff and resources weren't so readily available. Uni has opened my eyes to all the possible outcomes. QUT does a good job of giving you access to a wide range of placements, extracurriculars and networking events, getting you to see different pathways you hadn't considered before.'

Rory McGahan

Real-world lecturers

Professor Louisa Coglan is an award-winning economics lecturer that will challenge you to think beyond mainstream economics and business models and will inspire you to analyse the world through a broader lens. Your learning will focus on understanding contemporary economic challenges and societal issues, and how to maximise economic and social value for business and the economy.

Outside the classroom, Professor Coglan is the program lead for the Centre of Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology, a centre for evidence-based behavioural research that transforms society and the economy. She is also president of the Women in Economics Network (Queensland), which proactively works to connect and support the career development of women in economics and increase the representation of women across all levels of the economics profession.

Professor Coglan’s passion and expertise will equip you for your real-world economics future.

Career outcomes

  • Administrator
  • Banker
  • Banking and finance professional
  • Business analyst
  • Corporate secretary
  • Economist
  • Financial advisor/analyst
  • Financial project manager
  • Government officer
  • Investment manager
  • Policy officer
  • Public servant
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker

Real-world experience

'Studying finance at QUT definitely broadened my thinking beyond textbooks and the classroom. I found that employers really valued the qualifications I had attained and made it that much easier to find a job at the end of my studies.'

Fabiola Richards

Hands-on learning

'Student-managed investment fund units let us explore our curiosities and make real investment decisions. Our assessments included pitching our recommendations to the investment advisory committee. We produced reports for the committee, and it felt like real industry work.'

Jack Connolly

Real-world lecturers

Professor Adam Clements is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Economics and Finance whose work focuses on modelling and forecasting financial risk. Professor Clements is currently involved in an industry project to improve financial lending decisions for agricultural production, as well as teaching a third-year unit on Financial Modelling and coding where students will learn the fundamentals of computer coding and develop the skills to model financial data to support investment decisions.

Career outcomes

  • Business analyst
  • Commercial banking professional
  • Corporate treasurer
  • Financial project manager
  • Foreign exchange dealer
  • Insurance professional
  • Investment analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Investment manager
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker

Real-world experience

'Studying financial planning at QUT has helped my understanding of concepts and practices that happen day-to-day in the financial planning sector.  I recently joined the industry by applying for a job that was posted on the QUT Financial Planning Students Community page. The trainee role was open to QUT financial planning students who had completed at least 60% of their degree.  I decided to seize this opportunity to combine flexible study with my career start. While it’s a massive learning curve undertaking both work and study, every week I’m acquiring new insight, and gaining hands on experience in the industry I’m so passionate about.'

Bethany Hunter

Hands-on learning

'My course at QUT was developed in consultation with industry and it provided many practical and real-world learning opportunities. This allowed me to develop my technical and problem-solving skills, which helped me pursue a career in financial planning in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.'

James Marshall

Real-world lecturers

Jamie Forster is a financial planning lecturer who combines his teaching with his business development expertise. With more than 25 years of experience with some of the most trusted and respected organisations in the financial services sector, Jamie is passionate about connecting students with real-world learning.

Teaching finance, economics, financial planning, superannuation, and the financial regulatory environment, Jamie’s students benefit from his industry partnerships and real-world experience.

Career outcomes

  • Financial advisor
  • Financial planner
  • Investment manager
  • Superannuation advisor

Real-world experience

'In my final semester, I did an internship with the Queensland Government’s Public Service Commission as a work-integrated-learning unit. This was an elective offered to final year HR students and was a great way to conclude my HR business degree as it allowed me to combine all of my learnings in a practical real-world environment. With the placement opportunities given to me by QUT and the confidence I grew with my career whilst studying, I was in a great position after graduating to start my career.'

Lily Nguyen

Hands-on learning

'QUT offered a practical and varied approach to learning that I found extremely beneficial. Some subjects had online weeks where the lecture and tutorial was delivered online - this prepared us for working within geographically dispersed teams, where the only way to meet is via online teleconferences. Practical assessments made it easier for me to apply my theoretical knowledge to situations I encountered at work.'

Callum Johnston

Real-world lecturers

Dr Penny Williams is a senior lecturer in the School of Management with more than 15 years experience in corporate HR and strategic consultancy roles, working across public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally. Dr Williams is also an active researcher in her field, with a focus on how work is changing, and the challenges that technology, digital platforms, and new modes of employment present to organisations, individuals and wider society. Her combination of industry experience and research thought leadership provides QUT HRM students with the reassurance that their study is preparing them for the real world.

Career outcomes

  • Administrator
  • Human resource manager
  • Human resource partner
  • Manager

Real-world experience

'My passion for international development was sparked during a four-week mission to work with the Indonesian Ministry of Finance. It was during this time, working alongside my Indonesian counterparts, that I concluded that my time and skills could make a far larger impact working in public policy in a developing country than in the Australia government. I have subsequently lived and worked in Indonesia, Nigeria and Ecuador, and completed projects with the World Bank in Angola and Rwanda.'

Andrew Blackman

Hands-on learning

'My international business major proved to be an incredible conduit to the world of global commerce. The field of study provides a well-rounded and holistic foundation of business knowledge, covering areas such as supply chains and logistics, import, export and market entry strategy, as well as the role of global financial systems in business decisions both domestic and abroad. As a strategy analyst at L'Oreal, I have been fortunate enough to find challenging work with opportunities that extend globally.'

Liam Dillon

Real-world lecturers

Dr Charmaine Glavas is a senior lecturer in the QUT Business School, who is passionate about strengthening ties between students and international business experts to create authentic, innovative, and engaging learning opportunities. With connections to the Export Council of Australia, Trade and Investment Queensland, and a number of small businesses, she connects students with industry through real-world assessment, internship opportunities and student competitions.

Dr Glavas has been accredited by the Cultural Intelligence Center, USA (CQ), which gains her students access to exclusive training that prepares them for the real world by ensuring they have the ability to adapt, relate, and work effectively with teams across cultures.

Career outcomes

  • Business analyst
  • Diplomat
  • International business specialist

Real-world experience

'I recently returned from completing the START MIT program with QUT Entrepreneurship. Aside from getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit MIT, I was able to experience a surprisingly different culture and environment, meet and network with people within different industries, and learn valuable entrepreneurship skills from a number of incredible venture capitalists and founders I would never have had the opportunity to meet on my own.'

Vivi Tran

Hands-on learning

'Over the course of my studies, I had the opportunity to attend an internship and interview multiple businesses to help them develop business strategies all as a part of my studies. Through these hands on, real-world experiences, I learned so many valuable experiences and skills and felt ready to take on the workplace before I even graduated.'

Amber Chieng

Real-world lecturers

Dr Bernd Irmer is a senior lecturer in management with more than 20 years of experience providing strategic advice across areas of workforce planning and measurement, employee engagement, as well as organisational strategy and development. He has extensive experience delivering strategic, evidence-based, and fit-for purpose solutions for a wide range of organisational and human resource issues for global and national clients such as Starbucks, The Gap Group, ING, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the State Library of Queensland.

Dr Irmer’s current research focuses on improving employee wellbeing and productivity. His teaching will empower you to effectively implement management policies and procedures, giving you a range of real-world skills for your future career.

Career outcomes

  • Administrator
  • Business development officer
  • Consultant
  • Government officer
  • Manager
  • Operations manager
  • Project manager

Real-world experience

'QUT's focus on practical learning is unparalleled. During my degree I solved real-world problems for clients, both inside and outside the classroom. I designed branded products for subjects such as QUTopia, and travelled to six countries to study and to compete in business competitions. I use the knowledge from these experiences every day in my role with Deloitte Digital.'

Isabelle Kalaja

Hands-on learning

'I thoroughly enjoyed the practical components of my double degree, which involved developing marketing campaigns and software solutions for Queensland businesses. Along with the opportunity to expand my technical and business skill sets, these experiences taught me the value of stakeholder management and the importance of utilising my soft skills to build rapport with business partners. I still implement the lessons I've learnt through these experiences within my career.'

Karthik Gounder

Real-world lecturers

Professor Gary Mortimer leads the marketing major at QUT and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts on the topics of marketing, strategy, and consumer behaviour. In addition to teaching, Professor Mortimer actively researches in the areas of retail marketing and consumer behaviour, as well as maintaining a strong presence across mainstream media as one of Australia's leading retail expert commentators. Prior to joining QUT in 2011, Professor Mortimer worked in various management and leadership roles with some of Australia's largest retailers.

Career outcomes

  • Account executive
  • Computer salesperson/marketer
  • Creative writer
  • Government officer
  • Market research manager
  • Marketing officer/manager
  • Organisational communication specialist
  • Publishing professional
  • Sales person

Real-world experience

'I gained valuable work experience during my time at QUT. I secured a part time property analyst position as part of my work integrated learning. Thanks to the career mentor service, I also worked as a student research assistant before I graduated. The strong analytical and critical thinking skills I developed built a solid foundation for my professional career. I am currently working in Malaysia as an assistant valuer and property manager at a local consultancy firm. The practical work experience I gained during my studies was definitely a stepping stone to where I am now.'

Belinda Chong

Hands-on learning

'As an investment analyst at QIC's Global Real Estate team, I am jointly responsible for one of the fund's largest retail centres valued about $1 billion. My role is extremely fast-paced and requires frequent travel due to our assets situated around the globe. The diversity of the degree and curriculum was a huge highlight for me, and led to an extensive range of career outcomes. Given that property is the largest commodity in the world, there is so much more you can do outside of being a real estate agent.'

Claire Mangan

Real-world lecturers

Dr Andrea Blake is a senior lecturer in property economics that is passionate about engaging students in real-world learning to help them reach their full potential. After starting her career in property consultancy and valuation for the private and government sectors, Dr Blake has over 19 years’ experience in teaching students all areas of property economics.

Dr Blake is an award-winning teacher that has strong ties to industry through her research and chairing numerous boards. This passion and experience will prepare you for a career in Property Economics.

Career outcomes

  • Financial advisor/analyst
  • Manager
  • Property development
  • Property economist
  • Property management
  • Real estate

Real-world experience

'I chose to study a Bachelor of Business with a major in public relations and a minor in Indigenous knowledges because I am passionate about creating a brighter future for young Indigenous Australians. As part of my degree, I have undertaken four internships with NAB, Inala Youth Service Communications and the Queensland Government. Studying this degree has provided me with the knowledge, experience and skills I need to succeed in the industry.'

Melita Hegarty

Hands-on learning

'I chose PR because I dreamed of working for high-profile, global brands. During my degree my lecturers provided real-world insights and connections. I was also part of QUT's International Case Competition team, which helped me land a dream graduate role in marketing at L'Oreal Group. I've since moved to the Tokyo office for a six month secondment to work on global strategy and product development for Maybelline, the world's number 1 beauty brand.'

Angus Mitchell

Real-world lecturers

Dr Bree Hurst is a senior lecturer in the QUT Business School, whose research and teaching in corporate responsibility and social licence is critical in a world where organisations need to be held accountable for their impacts on communities, society, and the environment.

Dr Hurst’s students are prepared for the real world by undertaking hands-on learning opportunities with real-world clients such as Domino’s, Expedia Group, and Foodbank to develop Public Relations campaigns, as well as gaining valuable insights from industry experts that have extensive experience working in crisis communication, government relations, financial relations, and community engagement.

Her passion for real-world learning and making a positive social impact will prepare you for your future career.

Career outcomes

  • Corporate relations manager
  • Media industry specialist
  • Media or communications advisor
  • Policy officer
  • Public affairs manager
  • Public relations officer/consultant
  • Public relations manager
  • Publicist
  • Stakeholder relations specialist

Real-world experience

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Hands-on learning

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Real-world lecturers

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Combine your passions

A QUT double degree can help you gain a competitive edge and prepare you for a changing world.

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