Explore the big unknowns and discover how you can prepare for the future.
Published 18 Mar, 2021 · 6 minute read
At UQ, we know that many of the jobs our graduates will have over their lifetime don’t exist yet. That’s why our passionate academics work so hard to empower our students with the curiosity, confidence and problem-solving skills needed to face any future challenge head on.
UQ graduates are the most employable in the state (QS Graduate Employability Rankings) because they have the knowledge, skills and industry experience to start their careers with confidence. But it’s the uniquely human skill-set – problem-solving, inquisitiveness, communication and collaboration, that really set our graduates up to fearlessly face any future challenge.
Our partnerships with industry, dedicated employability teams, and myriad internship, placement, and networking opportunities mean by the time our students enter their first job, they are confident and prepared for what’s coming – in that job and the next.
In the unknown explored article series, our passionate academics team up with current students to explain the unknowns that are facing our world today. Discover how learning at UQ gives you the capability to solve future problems and create change.
Disease or doctor: which drives medicine?
With increasing numbers of students from diverse backgrounds joining the medical profession, we're witnessing a shift in patient care. While disease may trigger the journey, it’s the patient who is in the driver’s seat. Their medical team is there to help the patient make informed choices and navigate the best way to an ideal outcome.
Professor Stuart Carney and medicine student, Rosie Stoke, discuss how the doctors of the future will come from the least likely places.
What's the difference between a good and bad diet? If two people follow the same fitness and diet regime, how can only one be engaging in healthy behaviour?
Paul Treschman, Associate Lecturer at UQ’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is passionate about understanding how the connections between motivation, feedback and interpersonal skills can impact an individual’s goals.
If your walls could talk, what would they say? What would construction look like if we let the timber tell us what to build, rather than creating a design and forcing the material to suit?
Dr Joe Gattas believes we should flip the equation. He's at the forefront of a project that aims to reduce wastage and emissions in the timber industry, while adding value, knowledge and character at the same time.
No human is a blank slate. We explore how harnessing each individual's lived experience and unique story can drive better social outcomes for all.
If we look beyond the ‘self’ and more at the environment, what impact does that have on us? Professor Karen Healy says the key to understand that impact is PIE (Person In Environment) - the theory that an individual’s past and present environment shapes their opportunities and behaviours.
Dr David Smerdon explores how, by merging classical models with behavioural and psychological theories, modern economics can be used to tackle wicked problems as diverse as social injustice, climate change and even the poaching of endangered animals.
Graduate Catherine Nguyen works for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. She believes that by addressing the financial motivations for behaviour, rather than purely moral motivations, you can completely transform a situation.
Younger generations are less concerned about ownership and more about access. So how is this shift shaping the economy to be more sustainable?
Dr Sarel Gronum explores how Gen Z is not just jumping on board a new trend of consumerism – they are leading the way forward, investing their social consciousness into business models that are sustainable and profitable.
What does it cost to produce a t-shirt? It’s no longer enough to account for the labour, materials, or shipping expenses. Ethical accounting now considers what our habits and consumerism cost us socially and environmentally.
Associate Lecturer Debbie Jeffery and commerce and law student Dhruv Goel break down how future accountants will help shape and save the planet.
New technologies are allowing criminals to commit crimes in ways we haven't seen before. Child exploitation, online fraud, theft, drugs being bought and sold online – cyber offending is at an all-time high and continues to evolve.
Professor Lorraine Mazerolle describes how as a criminologist, you need to be able to pivot and adapt to keep the justice system ahead of the changing nature of crime.