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Technical skills will be those by which people judge you when reading your CV, but soft skills open new doors and, what is most important, form your reputation. The author narrates an incident from his work experience to explain the importance of communication in technical work. If you love capital projects, and especially the big, complex, and really difficult ones, the petroleum industry is the place to be. Oil and gas development projects provide the young or experienced engineer with all the excitement you could want—challenging projects in challenging places. Woodside Energy’s Ian Milne shares the sense of pride that professionals feel being part of oil and gas megaprojects, explaining how the combination of the available opportunities and a desire to work on technical challenges led him to the industry.
Poets & Quants: Is an eMBA a Better Choice for a 28-Year-Old? Though on the young side for an Executive MBA program, this young professional is seriously considering a part-time experience in an executive program where the average age of a new student is 35. In this Q&A, TWA editors share why they chose the path of MBA and the advantages in obtaining that degree. Poets&Quants, the online publication for graduate business education, released its annual list of the Best & Brightest MBAs for Class of 2018. The Other Side of the Table—Are You an Engineer Who Could Thrive in Management Consulting?
Panelists at the recently held IPTC Conference shared the view that the biggest obstacle for implementation of new wave of technology in the industry could be access to young and skilled workers. In a challenging market condition, an astute observation of the investment flow in the industry can help young professionals land in good jobs.
Eight steps to find a mentor and establish a relationship. This article features some of the SPE mentors who are currently accepting mentees, and they share their reasons for participating in the program. SPE eMentoring program provides young members an opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of experienced professionals from around the world. Young professionals can both get a mentor and serve as a mentor to a student considering an oil and gas career. Swift Energy uses a training-cum-mentorship model to get new engineers up to speed, reduce nonproductive time and increase technical knowledge.
The world of work is changing rapidly. Do these workforce changes truly represent a death knell for oil and gas field careers, or could they be just what we need? Data story consumers are focused on summarized results and highlights instead of details of the analysis. It’s a data scientist’s responsibility to identify the significance of the data and to present it in a simple but scientific manner.
While the façade painted by IIoT and data-driven processes is one of an environment that is heavily guided by computers, it actually calls for an evolved workforce that is able to use the data to enhance design and decision-making skills. The world of work is changing rapidly. Do these workforce changes truly represent a death knell for oil and gas field careers, or could they be just what we need? Competing narratives make it difficult to evaluate the “big crew change.” Has the worst of it already passed, leaving the industry relatively unscathed?
An oil industry veteran and his petroleum engineer daughter discuss how things have changed for women in the industry and what the future holds for the new generation of energy workers. They share what motivated them to start their own company and the inspiration to pursue entrepreneurship. Among the millennial and Gen Z generations who serve as the primary recruiting pool in the coming years, diversity and inclusion is a key requirement when choosing to accept employment offers. Defying all odds a petroleum engineer from Ghana becomes the first female offshore production technician trainee in her country.
Ten women engineers who are successful in their careers share their best advice for women engineers who are just starting. An oil industry veteran and his petroleum engineer daughter discuss how things have changed for women in the industry and what the future holds for the new generation of energy workers. Among the millennial and Gen Z generations who serve as the primary recruiting pool in the coming years, diversity and inclusion is a key requirement when choosing to accept employment offers. The SPE Women in Energy committee works to create opportunities for women to enable them to step into leadership roles and pursue their career goals. When companies try to fix the gender diversity problem, they often center their efforts solely on women.