Elodie O’Sullivan Balances Career and Country

Elodie O’Sullivan joined WSP in October 2017 as a Graduate Engineer in our Rail team in Sydney.

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She says, “I joined WSP because the firm provides its people with opportunities across all disciplines. The two-year Graduate Program was a key factor for me. We are given on the job rotations plus ongoing mentoring and career development sessions to help us expand our skillset. To me, this speaks volumes about WSP’s culture, which is empowering and collaborative.”


Now working as an Assistant Project Manager for a major transport client within the rail space, Elodie says, “I wanted a role in this industry because each project presents unique challenges that require different skillsets. Being able to apply my problem-solving skills is something I am finding extremely rewarding.”


The past 12 months for Elodie can only be described as momentous – she began her professional career, graduated from the University of Newcastle and was recently selected to represent Australia at the eighth edition of the Women’s Baseball World Cup to be held in Viera, Florida beginning 22 August.


“This has been a really exciting period in my life,” says Elodie. “Representing Australia at the pinnacle event for women’s international Baseball is the culmination of more than 12 years of hard work and perseverance.


“To play a semi-professional sport is a tough gig. Having grown up on the mid-north coast, I’ve had to travel hundreds of kilometres every weekend to pursue my dream. At one stage, it even meant I had to give up the sport for a couple of years so I could complete my university degree.


“Now that I work full-time, I am making good use of WSP’s flexible work arrangements to accommodate my sporting commitments. For example, I’ve changed my working hours to go to training, attend training camps, and in this instance, take an extended period of leave for most of August to attend the World Cup.


“Being new to the company and having just started on my professional journey, I’m extremely grateful for the support of WSP, my manager and peers. Through effective communication, I’ve been able to successfully balance my career and sports ambitions. I know it’s a juggling act for now but it has been an amazing journey.”


What’s Next for Elodie?

After the World Cup, Elodie is determined to put the spotlight on her career. She says, “I’m really enjoying my experience at WSP. As I progress through the different rotations within the graduate program over the next year or so, I want to keep developing my technical skills within the rail space, and participate in as many things as possible. Looking further down the track I am also focused on gaining my chartership.”


Want to Hear More About the World Cup?

The Women’s Baseball World Cup is comprised of 12 teams across two groups with Australia facing off against Japan, Canada, Cuba, Hong Kong and the Dominican Republic. With the final scheduled for 31 August, The Australian Emeralds are currently ranked fourth in the world behind Japan, Canada and America respectively.


We wish Elodie and The Emeralds the best of luck!


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