Something that I've found really beneficial is studying with a multidisciplinary group of students
With a background in Linguistics, the Master of Planning certainly wasn’t the obvious path for Jane Parker. But her love of cycling and passion for sustainable transport steered her in that direction. As the founder of Cyclehack, which aims to reduce the barriers to cycling through innovative design thinking, she is now able to make an impact in her adopted home, Sydney.
“My interest in urban planning began after feeling frustrated by the lack of infrastructure to support sustainable transport choices,” says Jane.
Her decision to study at UTS included “its strong reputation for producing graduates with practical skills who were job-ready,” which was of real importance considering her career change. The intensive block delivery mode also appealed because it facilitates an effective work-study balance.
“One of the things I've learned being part of the Master of Planning at UTS is that urban planning isn't about creating specialised social planners or transport planners, necessarily. Planning is broad, and there are so many stakeholders and externalities to consider. Planners need to be able to work across disciplines and to apply their skills to different planning challenges,” continues Jane.
“Something that I've found really beneficial is studying with a multidisciplinary group of students. I imagined I would be sitting in a classroom of aspiring planners with interests very like mine. However, the reality is that I have been taking classes with a lot of students doing architecture and property development. This has given me a great insight into their goals and motivations, which sometimes differ to mine, and I feel much better equipped to work in cross-disciplinary teams in my future career.”
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