With a passion for animation, Eugene’s original career goal was to produce big budget films like The Avengers. However, his creative skills and the love of technical detail in design pushed him into a career in motion graphics which is part of what drew him to WSP, along with his desire to be part of a workforce that was culturally the right fit.
Eugene says, “WSP has been amazing for the development of my skills. I hit the ground running on the 2018 Global Cities Index which was a landmark project for the business. I was part of the creative design team and was also responsible for creating the website. It was an incredible challenge that really set the tone for my career here.”
Since then, one of Eugene’s proudest projects came in the video he produced for our International Women’s Day campaign in 2019. “Equality is an extremely passionate topic of mine,” he says.
“I’ve seen first-hand how serious the firm takes the topic of gender balance and that’s part of what inspires me. It’s important to me that we destigmatise male and female gender roles and our accreditation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency demonstrates our commitment and reputation as a family-friendly employer.”
Having recently become a first-time dad to baby Zoe, Eugene has utilised our flexible working policy from day one, taking four-weeks paternity leave when she was first born. He currently works from home one day a week, and he will take an extended period of leave in the new year. He says, “My last day will be just before the Christmas break this year and I will take three months off to become Zoe’s primary carer.
“I have the full support of my manager and my team which is an amazing feeling, and one that I’m so appreciative for. By becoming the primary carer, my wife can re-enter the workforce. Giving her the opportunity to chase her career goals is important to me; it also gives Zoe and I time to establish our father-daughter bond which I’m excited for!”
When quizzed about parent-friendly workplaces, Eugene is quick to state that there is more work to be done. “Is there an opportunity for firms like WSP to partner with day cares to further promote their flexible work policies?
“Any little addition we can make will help us promote equality in the workplace. I think we are starting to make great strides in destigmatising our gender roles, but we need to keep the ball rolling. Dads don’t need to be ashamed to take time off to care for their children.”
Outside of work, Eugene is a keen cook who rates his chicken adobo, a traditional Filipino dish, as his finest. After family and cooking, his interests in rock climbing, board games and anything Marvel occupy his spare time.
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