Good work life balance is recognised as being an important part of a successful career. Although juggling a career in engineering and a promising future as an athlete in archery is by no means easy, for Jarryd Greitschus this is his reality.
Young engineers career and lifeGreitschus is currently working at Hyder Consulting as a graduate pavement engineer. Having excelled in his university studies to complete a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, he continues to lead in all aspects of his life and is in pursuit of representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Greitschus started recurve archery at the age of 16 where he was spotted by a trainer who saw his potential. Within six months, he had placed fifth in the national championships and went on to win the World Field Archery Championships within the year.
He has continued to prove Archery Championships his talent and has been selected to represent Australia at the World Field in Zagreb, Croatia this year.
As a young graduate engineer, he has been faced with the challenge of pursuing his career goals without sacrificing his personal goals. Competing in recurve archery has become a huge part of his life and as a result of this dedication, Hyder is sponsoring Greitschus in his quest for the Rio Olympics through a financial contribution and flexible working hours. This arrangement allows Greitschus the opportunity to complete a 35-40 hour a week training regime and continue his work in the Brisbane office 25 hours a week.
Hyder Australasia’s managing director, Greg Steele, believes the sponsorship will enable Greitschus to fulfil his potential all round.
‘’Hyder recognises our employees who possess remarkable talents beyond the working environment. Sponsoring Jarryd’s quest to the Rio Olympics will create a positive message to other staff to challenge themselves,” Steele said.
Greitschus believes one of the biggest challenges of competing as an athlete is managing the commitment between work and training to be in peak condition.
‘’Hyder’s sponsorship has enabled me to gear up my training in the pursuit of Rio 2016. I wouldn’t be able to do it without their support’’ he said.
Throughout his time as a graduate engineer with the company, Greitschus has also developed a strong presence in Hyder’s transport team to achieve his professional goals. He was nominated as a Graduate Group Leader in 2013, taking responsibility for guiding his fellow Queensland graduates in the early stages of their career.
The young engineer is passionate about speaking to students who may be considering engineering as a career, including travelling to his former high school where he had the opportunity to discuss his chosen career path with the young students. Steele said supporting Greitschus is one aspect of a wider employee program to encourage Hyder employees to lead a healthier lifestyle both physically and emotionally, and to pursue their own life goals.
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