Development Practice Student and Graduate Profiles

The Development Practice suite of postgraduate Programs is very fortunate to have a rich and vibrant student community with students from many different countries and cultures. Our Alumni share some of their experiences about studying Development Practice at UQ.

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7. Janelle Kwong - Australia

What was the best thing about your Development Practice program?

  • The MDP was one of the most indulging educational adventures I've been on. It also gave me a tribe of treasured, lifelong friends.

What was the most important thing you learnt/or most defining experience, you had while studying Development Practice at UQ?

  • That's much too hard to narrow down! Perhaps it was the semester-long series of 'aha!' moments, courtesy of Lynda Shevellar and Lynda Cheshire? (Note: Ask me again tomorrow and you'll probably get a different answer!)

How did your study help you to get to your first role, and what did this role involve?

  • My study helped me find my feet in the homelessness services sector, helping to set up and coordinate Queensland's first collective impact campaign, and eventually leading to an Australia-wide, community-driven movement to end homelessness across the country.  

What did your study lead to?

  • I am currently setting up my own organisation to help people create, embed, measure and evaluate social impact projects.

What advice would you give to students in the same degree you studied?

  • Enjoy the ride!

What challenges have you come across in your career, and how did your degree help you overcome them?

  • The MDP gave me the language, literature, tools and confidence I needed to recognise and reckon with the political, social and other injustices we are confronted with in our personal and professional lives.