Beginning with the firm in our Stockholm office, Sofia started as an Intern whilst she was at university. Studying and building a career in integrated planning became a gateway to my passion.
She says, “I am inspired by sustainable living. WSP in Sweden has a strong reputation for innovation, collaboration and city development, and is part of the reason why I wanted to join the business. There is a big team in Stockholm so it was a great way to build the depth of my knowledge and get some exposure to some of the world’s leading urban development projects.
“The first project I worked on was a 3-year research programme looking at ways to make commuters less dependent on personal vehicles by also fostering regional development.”
Utilising WSP’s global scale, Sofia transferred to Australia in early 2017 where she joined our Master Planning team in Melbourne.
She adds, “I wanted to move to here to be with my partner who is Australian, but also because it is one of the great benefits of working for a global firm.
“The size of the team is perhaps the biggest difference to back home but I’m really excited about our direction here. Our influence in the market is gathering some exciting momentum.”
One of the benefits to relocating for Sofia is the ability to broaden her range of skills. She says, “Because the projects here are slightly different, I’ve had to adapt to local norms and develop my project management skills. Being able to lead projects so early in my career, albeit in a new environment, speaks volumes of WSP’s empowering culture.”
Making the most of the Victorian capital’s culture, Sofia says, “I absolutely love Melbourne. There is always something happening, the city markets and the café/brunch vibes are awesome. I’ve also started ‘Barre’ classes which is a fusion of Ballet, Pilates and Yoga. It’s mind, body and soul wrapped up in one.
“My passion in life is hiking and cross-country skiing. I try to get to the Australian Alps a couple of times a year. Whilst they are far from the European alps, despite what they say, I actually think the skiing here is great!”
On the topic of gender diversity, Sofia’s experience in the Nordics has her believing that it is all about balance. “In Sweden, males have the same amount of maternity leave as women do. We need to change our thinking and reduce the stigmas around traditional roles and who the bread winner in a family is. We need to break down those barriers.”
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