The Graduate Program
ThinkPlace is a learning organisation. We are constantly striving to improve, grow and learn. That’s why this year’s graduate program was designed in close consultation with our previous grads.
Through this program we offer a nurturing environment that will serve as a foundation to create the impact they want to have on the world.
“We are not a culture that is like a parent-child relationship,” John Body says. “We are a partnership. We partner with the graduates for their development, so they have an accountability as much as we do to them.”
Leigh Parker, an award-winning academic, and John Fowlie - former Olympic Swimming coach - will actively engage the graduates in a learning model that includes one-on-one sessions, intensive learning activities and active participation in their personal development and growth.
Who are our Graduate Designers?
Our graduates not only come from different parts of the world but also from diverse backgrounds including Anthropology, Web Design, Psychology, Economics and Finance.
Want to meet them?
When Lauren finished her dual degree in Economics/Arts, she was quite open with her career choices but had an unwavering commitment to make a positive difference in the world.
She is currently obsessed with content on the web about achieving zero-waste. She says, “I find them very inspiring in terms of adopting more sustainable practices in my own life. Although I may be far away from getting all my trash to fit in one jar, I enjoy the challenge of changing one habit at a time and reflecting on the overall impact I am potentially making.”
As Grace was studying web design and production, she thought there was definitely more to design than colour and layout. She wanted to be part of a company that makes positive social change.
Currently, she finds herself gravitating towards the podcast ‘Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness’ by Jonathan who brings in different experts on a wide variety of topics/issues to discuss an overall question that he is curious about. She says, “It’s great to hear someone who is genuinely wanting to learn as well as being themselves - it’s a fun time and I get to learn along the way!”
With a background in economics and finance, Lachlan has recently moved to Canberra.
He says, “Since moving to Canberra I have been enjoying visiting the different museum feature galleries and special exhibitions on offer. I find taking in the stories and history attached to different artefacts moving and very inspiring!”
A recent graduate of Master of Social Research at ANU, Sneha’s thinking towards market research and social behaviours took a big shift when she worked in the health and sanitation sector during her time in India. It anchored her determination to contribute towards positive social change.
She is currently reading ‘Born a Crime’ by the South African stand-up comedian, Trevor Noah. She says, “What I love about the book is the way in which he is able to describe such complex societal changes in a deeply meaningful and sensitive way. Following his journey into him becoming the comedian he is today has been quite inspirational.”
Coming from a Digital/Graphic and socio-cultural Anthropology background, Alana was inspired by ThinkPlace and its works during her time at ADHA.
She is currently loving a book that she received as a Christmas present – Factfulness by Hans Rosling. She says, “It is challenging a lot of assumptions I had about the world and making me realise that living conditions around the world have drastically improved and continue to do so.”
With a background in Strategic Policy Development and Anthropology, Natasha was drawn to ThinkPlace because of the emphasis on human-centred-design and recognising complexity.
Currently reading ‘Indonesia Etc.’ by Elizabeth Pisani, she says, “I’m currently really enjoying reading for pleasure, novels as well as non-fiction! I’m finding reading books on different topics and by new authors exciting and rewarding in offering new perspectives and ideas.”
Tessa, who grew up in a small town in New Zealand studied Anthropology and Marketing. She saw the potential of crowd-sourcing and set up a club at her Uni aiming to bring together alternate methods and thinking for a sustainable future from students, staff and other members of various backgrounds.
She is currently reading ‘Chapter One’ by ThankYou founder Daniel Flynn, which focuses on the organisation’s unconventional journey, the challenges and thrills of leadership, and the power of individuals to make a difference.