Mobility and Career Development at Entuitive: Janine Buzar
We believe in working as One Company, empowering our people to bring their whole selves to work in our offices around the globe. At Entuitive, our team members have the opportunity to relocate within our offices on short- and long-term work assignments, which we call mobility assignments. These assignments are a great way to grow your career, meet new people, and, of course, see new places.
Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Janine Buzar, Junior Designer, to hear her story on her mobility assignment from Calgary to Toronto.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Janine. Can you tell us more about when you first joined Entuitive?
My pleasure, thanks for having me. After graduating in 2020 from the University of Calgary, I applied to Entuitive. When I was browsing through the website, I saw that there was a testing phase for Entuitive U, a new learning platform for students. I completed all the activities that featured real-life project examples and received feedback from Stephen Cohos. I became the first person to “graduate” from Entuitive U, as well as being the first hire!
I officially joined in January of 2021 as a Junior Designer based in the Calgary office. Initially, I was hired to work on building projects, but I quickly joined the transportation team after learning they needed more support on the Yonge North TTC subway extension. I remember being introduced to the project and was overwhelmed and excited at the same time given that the project was about designing heavy civil structures underground which is different from the typical building projects that I was familiar with. Regardless, I was eager to learn and push myself out of my comfort zone.
When I first joined the team, I was a bit nervous about working with team members virtually since most were based in the Toronto office. But quickly, I realized I had nothing to worry about as I felt a lot of support in terms of receiving constant communication and additional help as needed.
It’s nice to hear you always felt included and supported by your team members despite being located across the country. What was it like working in the Calgary office?
I appreciated how welcoming everyone was when I first started. It was easy to make friends despite working on different projects or being a part of different departments. If I ever needed any help or had any quick technical-related questions, I was able to turn to my colleagues around me even though they weren’t a part of my team. It was comforting to be surrounded by people who went out of their way to guide me whenever I needed help.
I was also grateful for how I had a supervisor in Calgary as well aside from Chongsong Yu, who is my main supervisor in Toronto. In Calgary, my supervisor was Ian Washbrook who constantly checked in with me on how my projects in Toronto were going. He provided great mentorship, such as taking the time to share insight from his previous projects, and I was able to ask any questions about the designs itself.
Another great thing was how dogs were allowed in the office! Before joining Entuitive, I was scared of dogs, but I appreciated how every time my colleagues would bring their dogs to the office, they would help me overcome that fear. Now, I enjoy petting dogs without jumping out of my seat.
Lastly, I also looked forward to the social events that we’ve had like the Calgary Stampede and annual Christmas parties where I got to have fun with my colleagues outside of the usual work environment setting
Indeed, it’s important to have a positive and collaborative work environment. Now you’re working full-time in the Toronto office. Can you tell us more about your transition to Toronto?
Of course, it’s been an exciting time. I officially moved to Toronto this past April. During my year-end review with Chongsong, he asked me if I was interested in moving to Toronto. I thought that this would be a good opportunity not only for my career, but also for my personal growth. I was also thrilled that I would finally be able to meet my team members in-person, since we’ve been working closely together for over a year.
I liked how flexible the transition was as well. I can decide how long I want to stay in Toronto, whether it’s short-term or long-term depending on how much I like the city.
Did you find it tough at first moving to a new city?
Honestly, it was a smooth transition since I received a lot of support from my family members and my colleagues as well. My family accompanied me on my move to Toronto, helping me unpack and settle in for the first few days.
Similarly in the office, my colleagues also made sure I felt welcome and supported. When I first started, one of my supervisors, Nick Greven helped me get set up and made sure I was aware of the ins and outs around the office and the city. I never felt alone or scared. It was great to chat with my co-workers in person who I already knew well from our virtual collaboration and to meet the rest of the other teams in the Toronto office who were as welcoming.
That’s great you’ve been enjoying your time. What’s been your favourite part about working in the Toronto office so far?
Aside from being able to easily collaborate with my team members in the office, I’ve been enjoying going to site visits. Back in Calgary, I was only able to see photos of the Eglinton Crosstown project. It’s amazing being able to see in-person what you’ve been working on for months on the computer.
It’s been great being able to interact and learn from Nick and Chongsong in person. They both provide great mentorship and I get to ask them questions more easily without having to set up quick virtual meetings. I have also been getting a lot more exposure and involvement in other cool local and international projects that they are working on.
I’ve also made great friends in the office through the fun social events Entuitive puts together for us. A few weeks ago, many junior team members and I were able to go to a Toronto Blue Jays game together after work. It was my first time watching a baseball game, and I had a nice time bonding and meeting new coworkers.
What are your future plans and goals at Entuitive?
I’m excited to continue working on transportation projects. I’ve been learning a lot, and I’m looking forward to taking on bigger roles and tasks as I grow and develop in this sector. Currently, I’m working more on technical related tasks where I apply fundamental engineering principles to design permanent and temporary structures. In the future, I think I would also want to try project management to gain a deeper understanding of the process and delivery of all phases of a project.
I would also be interested in going beyond transportation and trying out commercial, institutional, or sports and recreation sectors. Another great thing about Entuitive is how it’s relatively easy to move from department to department and gain knowledge from diverse sectors.
In terms of location, I’m not sure when I will go back to Calgary but I’m grateful I have the ability and flexibility to choose when I want to go home. For now, Toronto is my new home!
Thank you so much for chatting with us Janine, and we’re excited to see where your career at Entuitive will take you!
If you would like to reach out to Janine, you can do so here.