Schlumberger's North America recruiting team hosted a selection of universities, including Rice University, Texas A&M, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin for a 1-day Engagement Workshop at its Sugar Land Campus facility located in Sugar Land, Texas. The participants took a tour of some of the different facilities housed at the campus, and Leila Otoso, a field engineering recruiter at Schlumberger, led the sessions. Freshmen to junior level students from several engineering backgrounds participated in the workshop and were able to see firsthand Schlumberger's technologies and equipment. The students were also able to engage with experts and discuss potential future career paths with them. "As a recruiter, I have the opportunity to change people's lives. I'm able to informally coach these students and help them understand how they can better develop themselves. Programs like these workshops allow me to get to know these outstanding people and expose them to different experiences all while uncovering their hidden skills. I'm also able to help guide them to their perfect fit when it comes to their career choices," said Otoso.
During the opening dinner of the Scheveningen YEPP workshop on 7 February, The Way Ahead was unveiled by 2005 SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni, SPE Director for the North Sea Region Leo Roodhart, and Editor Thomas Bruni. Pictured here are, from left, Bruni, Paccaloni, and Becci Elson, the magazine's Coordinating Editor. Attendees of the workshop were given preliminary copies of the magazine and, at the end of the presentation, the editorial committee of The Way Ahead presented Paccaloni with a framed photo of the cover of the first isue for his support for the magazine and other young professional activities.
The second SPE International Young Exploration and Production Professionals' Workshop took place in February in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, and was a runaway success, with 62 young professionals attending from 17 different countries. That compared with 47 attendees who attended the last workshop, in Stresa, Italy, in 2003. This was followed by a summary of activities that have taken place since the 2003 workshop in Stresa. Together with Leo Roodhart, Shell, SPE North Sea Regional Director, he officially launched The Way Ahead magazine. Thomas Bruni, Editor of the magazine, thanked Paccaloni for his continuous support for young professionals in SPE.
During 2004–05, Italy's Sponsor Team for Young Petroleum Engineers' Development (STYPED) is actively participating in SPE activities, such as the 2005 Young Exploration and Production Professionals' Workshop, and organizing specific events, including the "Presentation Skills for Future Managers" workshop and Continuing Education Program lectures. The Continuing Education Program aims to fulfill the specific needs of young Italian oil and gas professionals. During Winter 2003–04, STYPED conducted a survey, and the results demonstrated the need for activities connected with daily working environment issues. It fulfilled this need by providing a cycle of lectures related to key areas of the oil and gas business.
In April, the SPE Kuala Lumpur and SPE Java sections held an Asia Pacific Regional Young E&P Professionals (YEPPs) Workshop. The workshop was part of the Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition. Participants included industry executives, young professionals, SPE officers, academics, and students. Speakers included 2005 SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni; Greg A. Lanham, President, Anadarko Indonesia; William Bullock, Vice President, ConocoPhillips Indonesia; and Romi Branajaya, workshop Chairperson. The workshop began with a keynote address from Paccaloni.
On May 31, SPE International, represented by SPE Executive Director Mark Rubin, extended happy birthday wishes to France's SPE section. More than 350 people were invited by Total E&P to Paris-La Defense to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the French section. This was an opportunity to discuss how the oil and gas industry should face the aging of the industry. Guests from Total, Schlumberger, Gaz-de-France, Stolt Offshore, and IFP took part in the discussion about the coming "big crew change," how to handle it, and how to improve knowledge transmission between experienced people and newcomers. The event also featured the announcement of the creation of an SPE young professionals chapter in France.
The activity of young professionals in France has been growing since the group was launched last May. We are focusing on three axes of development, with different people involved in each. First of all, we are trying to be increasingly involved in the main France SPE section, promoting participation of YEPPs at lectures (two lectures took place during the fall: Reserves Evaluation and Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery). Two YEPP members are on the steering committee that is preparing a Biarritz YEPP Applied Technology Workshop in March. Second, our section organizes social events (two YEPP "happy hours" since July).
First discussed at the SPE Young Oil & Gas Professionals Workshop in Stresa, Italy, in 2003, the SPE Young E&P Professionals Coordinating Committee (YEPP CC) held its inaugural meeting at the 2005 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dallas. The YEPP CC will bring together and consolidate the current international programs initiated by SPE young professionals over the last several years. It acts under the umbrella of SPE Board Committee on Membership with Giovanni Paccaloni on the committee as Senior Mentor. With the growth in size and number of YEPP and Emerging Leader Program initiatives across the globe, the committee will try to capture best practices of the existing programs to help new sections. The international coordination will facilitate the initiation and development of new local young professionals programs.
Young industry engineers and professionals from the Asia Pacific region gathered at the Equatorial Hotel in Malacca, Malaysia, in September for a YEPP workshop with the theme "How YEPPs Can Make a Difference in the Industry." A total of 97 attendees from Malaysia, Brunei, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Kuwait attended, representing a diverse set of operating and service companies including Petronas, Shell, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Oil, Woodside, Schlumberger, PetroVietnam, Sinopec, and BJ Services. In addition, 10 students from U. Teknologi Petronas and U. Teknologi Malaysia were sponsored to attend the event. Event Cochairperson Alex Parks of RPS Energy opened the workshop and discussed its objectives. Tuan Haji Akhbar Tajuddin Wahab, Head of Southeast Asia Region for Petronas, was the first keynote speaker and presented a history of his company and its ongoing transformation from a national oil company to a multinational corporation.
The Netherlands YEPP chapter and SPE Netherlands Section brought 2005 to a successful close with the workshop "Mentoring in Practice" cochaired by Marc Amory (SPE Netherlands Section Continuing Education Chairperson) and Loris Tealdi (SPE Netherlands YEPP Program Chairperson). The workshop attempted to put into practice what is seen as a strong need today: mentoring. The workshop was split into two main sections in order to explore the theory of mentoring and then put those theories into practice. Speakers included 2005 SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni of Eni E&P, H. Edmundson of Schlumberger, and L. Desmond of Shell from the experienced professional side and, from the young professional side, Tealdi of Agip KCO. The first three speakers pointed out the value of mentoring from a senior perspective.