I joined WSP in January 2019. In my role as a Cadet, I am given a huge variety of work. Generally, a work week for me, is getting pieces of work from people around me, which could be composing meeting minutes, drafting on AutoCAD, etc. Some projects I have been working on include watermain renewals and a housing redevelopment.
I’m currently studying toward a diploma in civil engineering from the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology (NZIHT). The courses at NZIHT have been great. We get great insights from people in the industry, and they really do want to help me achieve the diploma.
How has working while studying helped you with your studies?
Working has helped my studies by giving context to what I’m learning. It’s all well and good to learn, but experiencing and using what I have been taught has made the learning process far more streamlined and helps give me context to my studies.
Why did you join the WSP Cadetship Programme?
When I first learned of the Cadetship Programme I was relatively unsure about whether that or going to university would be better for me. As I learnt more about the Cadetship Programme – about the paid study and full-time work – I realised this is an opportunity that I could not pass up.
How has the programme been so far?
The Cadetship Programme has been great. I’m enjoying it far more than what I thought I would. I’ve had numerous opportunities in the industry. WSP is supporting me by paying for my education fees and giving me an opportunity to get valuable work experience at the same time.
How have you found balancing work and study?
Balancing work and study was difficult at first. However, the more time has passed, the easier it has become. I’ve found that doing prep work in and out of the office is important, especially for exams.
What is the culture like at WSP?
Working for WSP has been great. It has allowed me to grow as a person, as it has exposed me to things I did not experience at school. The culture at WSP is great, and the people truly care.
What are your plans for the future?
Inside the next 5 years, the plan is to complete my diploma and therefore my WSP Cadetship. Beyond that the idea of getting further educated is something that I will consider but haven’t committed to just yet. If I do continue my education, I would look to stay with WSP and get a study award. Further from that I would like to continue working at WSP to reward the faith that they have put in me.
Do you have any advice for someone thinking about pursuing a diploma in civil engineering?
If I could offer any advice to someone considering a diploma in civil engineering, I would tell them to go for it. There are many opportunities for people to travel worldwide, learn from others and get a vast amount of experience within the field of civil engineering.