What will you do with your degree?
 
Graduates of the School are qualified for a wide range of possible careers, completing their degrees with new ways of looking at and understanding themselves, their society and their world. Skills acquired through the study of Humanities-based subjects, such as the ability to think creatively, structure ideas and arguments logically and display evidence of strong written communication skills will be favourably viewed by any prospective employer.
 
Possible career choices include: teaching, journalism, the public service, administration, publishing, research and museum work. Undergraduate students seeking careers in academia may continue via the Honours program to undertake a research higher degree following the completion of their undergraduate programs.
  
Students have access to a range of services to assist with career planning through the University of Queensland’s CareerHub, which runs an annual Careers Fair, as well as workshops and various other career planning activities.
 
 
Success is in Queensland Rhodes Scholar Caitlin Goss's genes. Ms Goss, the daughter of former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss, sister of 2007 Queensland Rhodes Scholar Ryan Goss and granddaughter of 1927 scholar Konrad Hirschfeld was announced the winner of the prestigious scholarship to Oxford University for 2009.

Ms Goss graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Arts (first-class honours)/Bachelor of Laws, was awarded a University Medal in 2006 and graduated from Brisbane Girls Grammar School with an OP 1 in 2001. Even with distinguished roots, Ms Goss had humble expectations of herself. “The other applicants were terrifyingly impressive,” she said. “It was surreal when I first heard I had won. “I got out and called my mother. She was a bit teary.” In September 2009, she travelled to Oxford University to study a Bachelor of Civil Laws, allowing her to expand her knowledge of post-conflict law reform.

Work experience with the Australian Law Reform Commission had shown her how law reform could have an impact on the community through improving the laws surrounding issues such as medical privacy and the sentencing of criminals. Ms Goss hoped her studies would allow her to help set up new legal systems in countries recovering from war. “I'm interested in law reform in general and in the immediate term see myself practicing this overseas in post-conflict situations,” she said. “In the longer term I'd love to come back to Australia and apply what I've learned.”

Ms Goss said she won the award through the support of many people in the UQ community. “What's so nice about the award is that I can share it with a number of people who have been my mentors and teachers,” she said. “At UQ, Dr Michelle Boulous-Walker, Dr Jon Crowe and Professor Suri Ratnapala have been such a great help and support and an inspiration as a part of my studies.”


PhD Studies in Religion
 
Lecturer in Theology, Australian Catholic University and writer for the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano
 
"I always wanted to do research and lecture, so during my PhD program at UQ, I tried to learn as many research and teaching skills that I would use in my future academic work. I learnt research skills first by successfully completing my thesis, but also by attending other scholar's and student's seminars and presentations".
 
"I also attended various workshops offered by the SSH library and by Student Services that were useful at this regard. Some of the skills I learnt then, are now part of my daily work. Plus, as a PhD student I was given by the HPRC School the opportunity of tutoring and although I have taught Italian since I moved to Australia, this was the first time I tutored in English in a religious studies program. It was not easy at first, especially because I was not using my native language but it went ok and the tutoring skills I learnt in this way have been useful ever since".
 
"UQ students are very lucky to study in one of the more beautiful and exciting campuses in the world. I would tell them to make the most of it!

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