Natasha Mudaliar, Graduate Engineer – Transportation and Design (Kaipūkaha Paetahi – Ikiiki), joined WSP in February 2019 in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.
She said WSP’s culture and people were what attracted her to work for the company. She wanted to work for an organisation in which she would be surrounded by seniors who were willing to teach her and wanted to see her grow in her career.
“Being with WSP, now I can say that WSP really places people first and has created a vibrant, lively work culture. I’ve been through my own fair share of sporting injuries over the last two years, and it’s fair to say that I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support I’ve received from the team. There’s nothing better than being a part of a team that cares and backs you when you need it!”
Natasha said the transition to a consultancy took a bit of time to get used to – especially the ebb and flow of her workload. But within her time, she has enjoyed being surrounded by people with a vast range of experience who are keen to share their knowledge and answer her questions.
“If there is something you want to learn, or do, there are always people close by to help you along the way.”
Beyond her role, Natasha has had the opportunity to get involved in several leadership and volunteering opportunities with WSP. She is a member of the Graduate Committee, Pathways Committee, and Auckland Social Club Committee; a mentor for SPIES (at University of Auckland); and an Engineering NZ STEM Career Ambassador.
“Being a part of these groups has helped me develop my communication and organisational skills, whilst being able to network with colleagues across the country.”
Natasha provides an example of a day at work as a WSP Graduate:
The early bird gets the worm – I like to start my mornings by heading into the gym and then taking my dog, Nico, for a walk. I like to get the blood pumping to be ready for a productive day at work! Keeping fit is important to me – healthy body, healthy mind!
Into the office and straight to work! I begin my day by making a to do list and highlighting the important tasks that I need to carry out first. Top of the list today is to check through my Shared Use Path drawings on the Te Ahu a Turanga Manawatu Tararua Highway Project. It’s awesome to be able to work on such a large-scale project as a Graduate! It’s such a great learning experience!
It’s time for my monthly catch up with my manager to talk about my Thrive goals. At WSP, we encourage self-development and growth. You decide where you want to take your career.
Setting goals in Thrive and discussing them with my manager is a great way to share my career aspirations so that he can help me along the way. My manager and I have a ‘whale’ of a time!
A challenge has surfaced; there is a clash between our shared use path and stormwater design. I open our Navisworks model to see our design in 3D to determine where the clash is and how it can be resolved. Most days there are always challenges that surface. I enjoy working through them to find the optimal solutions.
It’ Table Tennis Time! We have a table tennis table in the Auckland Westhaven office, and it’s a hit (no pun intended)! This is a great way to meet new people in the office, and an excellent break away from the desk to recharge the mind!
We work collaboratively with our clients, and it’s awesome to see how excited they are to see our designs come to fruition. Today I have a meeting with one of our clients to discuss feedback they have provided on my design. I enjoy this process, because it refines our design and helps better the outcome for end users.
I love to share my story with others. After work, I pop into the University of Auckland to speak with engineering students about my experience as a Graduate. It’s awesome to be able to give back and help others on their career journey!