Graduate begins planning career at Dalby

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Graduate begins planning career at Dalby


17 April 2012

For as long as University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Jessica Grant can remember, she has been fascinated by buildings and cities.

So it’s no surprise that the 24-year-old jumped at the chance of working as a Planning Officer for Western Downs Regional Council after completing her Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning at USC.

Jessica of Rosemount, near Nambour, was among 1,100 people to graduate from the University at two special ceremonies on campus on Wednesday 4 April.

“Planning is ultimately about looking towards the future and, as such, it also involves and impacts on the everyday life of communities and individuals and makes a physical difference,” she said.

“I find it fascinating how our cities and the built environment are formed.”

Jessica, who went to school at St John’s College in Nambour, recently moved to Dalby to take up the local government position.

“I am thoroughly enjoying the new job with great colleagues and a sense of community,” she said.

Jessica said she had enjoyed studying at USC, as it enabled her to live at home with her family and continue working part-time for the Sunshine Coast Council.

“USC’s planning degree also has a large variety of opportunities to branch out into, so you never get bored,” she said.

During her studies, Jessica was awarded a scholarship to attend last year’s Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Queensland State Conference as a final-year student. She was also part of the PIA’s Regional and Rural Work Experience Program.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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