Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Pat Manyuru

  • Tell us a little about you

    I am a tech-loving designer with a strong interest in education-focused research and an aptitude for digital creativity. I was born and raised in the beautiful equatorial country of Kenya. I moved to Australia about 2.5 years ago to enrich my education, and pursue my dream of becoming a game-changing designer.I am a tech-loving designer with a strong interest in education-focused research and an aptitude for digital creativity. I was born and raised in the beautiful equatorial country of Kenya. I moved to Australia about 2.5 years ago to enrich my education, and pursue my dream of becoming a game-changing designer.

  • Tell us about your experience to date. How have you have developed your Employability

    My current work since I arrived in Brisbane in 2018 has involved academic tutoring and teaching, ranging from architectural communication courses to topics in design studio. I have also worked on a number of workshops and exhibitions that have focused on the use of digital technology tools.

    A typical daily task, both as part of my research and my work, involves the designing and testing of various tools of emerging technology. I’m currently working a lot with virtual reality and its potential in design education.

    As a result of the work I’m doing, I was able to travel to Sydney three times within the first half of the year. These trips were delightfully constructive, as I was able to conduct workshops alongside international experts in the field and get valuable feedback from them. These workshops were a great opportunity for people outside UQ to experience the kind of work that is going on right here in the EAIT Faculty.

    In addition, they are a steady preparation for my future employability – I see the future of my work being heavily reliant on the demonstrations of these engaging educational experiences. I am also looking forward to presenting some of my research findings at conferences.

  • If you have secured work experience, how did you do this?

    I have secured work experience mainly through referral and through the UQ EAIT tutor page. It’s fulfilling when someone sees your work and sees an opportunity for the growth potential of who it can positively influence and what it can be.

  • What application processes have you experienced to date?

    As most of the work I do has been the result of positive referrals, the application processes that I have experienced have been mainly interviews.

  • What are your top Employability tips to share with other students?

    First, never stop learning. We can learn from virtually everywhere ranging from your peers, to videos, to just every day experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

    Secondly, use social media to your advantage. We live in a time where some kind of online presence is almost unavoidable, so why not make this presence work for you? Take pictures of your projects, share stories of your processes, blog about your extra-curricular activities... You will find a support network, and more importantly, they will find you.

    Still on this, review your professional online platform often enough, say once every other month. Some of the most brilliantly amazing workshop opportunities I have gotten while here at UQ were afforded by connections made on LinkedIn. This is a great means of having people see your CV and render credibility to your work, sometimes even without having met you.

    Finally, it is essential to remain passion-driven, and to keep performing at your best, if not better. Do every task assigned to you as well as you can, pull your weight, making your position within the workflow both valuable and effective. 

  • What are your career plans for the future?

    I hope to make a positive difference in the world of design education. I’m especially interested in the manner in which students of design are engaged in their own learning process. I hope to one day establish a design education centre, and this institute will effect the change that I have been looking into during the course of my PhD.

Student Spotlight
Pat Manyuru

Current role: 
Tutor
Faculty of EAIT


Educational background: 
Higher Degree by Research on the use of digital games as educational tools in architectural navigation

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