genYOU Story 30 – Thomas

Our awesome 30th genYOU Story comes from QUT student and a keen attendee of heaps of our generationYOU events – Thomas Beckerton! Find out more about Thomas including the awesome activities he gets up to in addition to his degree …

Name: Thomas Beckerton
Current Role: Final year Urban and Regional Planning Student at QUT, Trainee Airport Planner and Planning Institute of Australia Young Planners Committee Member!

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I’m a final year Urban and Regional Planning student at QUT. I am currently writing my thesis on the potential for regional aviation to improve domestic food security.

I have undertaken two career placements, the firs through the recommendation of one of my Lecturers, on the Transport Planning team at Redland City Council.

My current role started through a conversation with a lecturer with the firm that I now work for, The Airport Group (a private airport consultancy firm). After a few weeks of interning, I was offered a paid role as a Trainee Airport Planner.

As well as work and uni, I am on the Young Planners committee for the Planning Institute of Australia and a member of several other industry bodies.

Most university lecturers are great sources of knowledge for what industry groups are out there!

For Planning, I am a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management. Many association offer discount member prices to students. If you aren’t sure on an industry group, most degrees have corresponding clubs to offer students (e.g. the QUT Planning Students Association, Economics and Finance Society and Creative Industries Society).

I am also a passionate (amateur) musician and car enthusiast!

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

generationYOU has been a great help to my career development! Having a wide range of panellists and speakers ensures that you get to hear a huge variety of different perspectives. Best of all, you get to meet so many like-minded people who just want to learn, improve and see new perspectives.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Richard Branson has been a key inspiration to motivate myself to improve and keep learning. Branson turned his profession into a profit and then grew into a people-orientated leader, who has created one of the most successful brands worldwide.

His personality traits have translated into his businesses, which are regarded as some of the best by employers worldwide.

Furthermore, Branson gives back and supports his workers to do great things.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

One of the most valuable things to do is learn from the mistakes you’ll (inevitably) make. We all make them – if you acknowledge a mistake and then become part of the solution, you become more and more integral to your group or team.

From group projects at uni to big deadlines at work, owning the good AND bad shows that you respect yourself and your team.