“I was ecstatic to be selected!” says Tim. “I left in late January to spend four weeks learning about our operations in Sweden. My first three weeks were in Lulea, a small town of less than 100,000 people where WSP (they pronounce it ‘vee-ess-pee’) is a household name. My fourth week was spent at the ‘Globen’ office in Stockholm, where I tapped into the knowledge of their management team and gained insight into projects and services in Arenavagen.
“As part of the program, I made a network map composed of about 100 people who I formally met while visiting various offices, including several regional areas as well. I cold-called and approached numerous people I had never met before. At first, it was a bit daunting but everyone was keen to spare the time and share their knowledge with me.
“I was lucky enough to complete a few site visits, including a tour of the world’s largest underground iron ore mine where WSP had designed a large portion of the structural work. No matter where I went or who I met, people were passionate and eager to share what they do in their day-to-day role.
“Connecting with colleagues in Sweden has helped inform and shape my own perspective. I have brought that knowledge and those networks back to better support clients here and the work we do locally. I was encouraged by the extensive detailed design and environmental capabilities we have overseas, which are relevant to our projects in Australia.”