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What’s after uni? User experience expert and QUT graduate Nicholas Burge discusses his experiences

A world of opportunities have opened up for Nicholas Burge since completing an Interactive and Visual Design and Information Technology double degree at QUT.

After graduating, Nicholas worked with one of Brisbane’s most successful startups and is now working in global trade developing world leading logistics software. 

We catch up on what where his career is at now and where these unique skills have taken him.

Can you sum up in one or two sentences what you do in your job?

I am Head of Product at Explorate and I lead the design and user experience of the Explorate Platform through iterative feedback loops working with customers, internal teams and software partners.

What are some of the major projects you have been involved since graduating QUT?

Straight out of QUT, I worked at three Brisbane design agencies as well building a successful freelance portfolio.  I’ve worked on projects for the United Nations (UN.org), international mining companies and completed over 150 freelance projects. I joined Brisbane startup success, Tanda in 2015 as one of the first employees and found a passion for applying design to software startups.

What made you choose your current career/organisation?

Global trade (moving cargo shipping containers around the world) is one of the most complex problems in the world. The industry is very paper-based and relies heavily on manual processes. The opportunity to help solve/improve these inefficiencies is simply a once in a lifetime chance to contribute to something that will have a global impact.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

We are designing and building something that has never existed before. The thrill of the design challenge is something so rare to find. It’s the complete opposite of designing a logo for a small business.

What are your future goals?

Right now, my current goal is to lead the Product Team at Explorate to build the world’s best logistics software and help scale the business globally.


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