When you are easy to work with and have the right expertise, you have excellent prospects for becoming a sought-after consultant. As an experienced consultant at Sweco, regardless of your field of expertise, you will help shape the cities and communities of the future. You will also have one of the most exciting and challenging jobs a person can have, along with continuous opportunities for development. Sweco is a company for employees who want to perform and create value for their customers. A typical Sweco employee is approachable and committed to his or her customers and has a recognised expertise.
It should be easy doing business with Sweco. At Sweco, everyone is expected to meet customers and make decisions that are right for the business - every day.
Sweco is a company that shapes the leaders of tomorrow. Identifying talented people and giving them the opportunity to succeed has always been a crucial component of Sweco’s corporate culture
Since our work is about meeting the challenges of tomorrow, we need to always be one step ahead. This is why the continuous development of our employees is crucial to both the individual's and Sweco’s continued success.
Which development opportunities are there at Sweco?
The way I see it, the possibilities at Sweco are practically endless. From the day you are hired, your development along the career path of your choice is a major focus area.
Since Sweco is such a large company, you get to work on a very diverse range of assignments. Within the field of structural engineering, for example, you can work with everything from bridges to airports, offshore constructions or residences. If you have a specific area of interest or expertise that you wish to further develop, there is room for that at Sweco. With almost 1400 employees in 26 office locations across the country, you will always find departments specialised in that specific topic that you are interested in.
Tell us about your personal career development.
I started my career at Sweco as a recently graduated civil engineer almost five years ago, and since then I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of diverse and exciting projects. I was given a lot of responsibility in the assignments already at an early stage, which meant leaving the office and going to building sites and customer meetings. This resulted in a steep learning curve, which I really appreciated.
I chose the career path of line management, and in the fall of 2015 I became manager of the structural engineering group in Oslo. The position of group manager has so far been an exciting challenge, which involves responsibility for customers, personnel and budgets.
When did you choose your career path?
Already during my first interview, I made it clear that I wanted to become a manager. My wish was followed up from day one and through yearly development discussions where I set goals for the coming year together with my manager.
Whichever career path you choose, you have a great chance of creating your own dream career at Sweco.
Sweco is an international company. Which opportunities does this create for the employees?
First and foremost, it creates opportunities for cooperation with our colleagues in the other Sweco countries. Personally, I have worked with Swedish colleagues on several assignments abroad. In addition, I know that some of my colleagues have worked a period at one of our international sister companies. Cross border cooperation creates exciting opportunities, and to make the most of it we need to have met our colleagues face to face. An important aspect is simply getting to know one another.
Tell us about your international assignments as a Sweco employee.
During my years at Sweco, I have been given the opportunity to work on a large number of assignments abroad, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The assignments have been very diverse, some short and in early phases, others more comprehensive. Amongst other things, I have worked on plans for flood control in the Philippines, studies on the effects of climate change on hydropower in Tanzania, and environmental impact assessments (EIA) in countries such as Vietnam, Nepal, Chile and the Dominican Republic.
What personal experience have you gained?
Getting the opportunity to work in other countries is rewarding, both professionally and personally. Working with people from other cultures and in other languages is definitely challenging, especially in formal situations such as negotiations. On the other hand, these challenges are what make it so rewarding. If you enjoy travelling, meeting new people and getting to know foreign cultures, international assignments can be an exciting addition to your work life.