Indispensable Values for Industry Sustainability and Personal Growth

Russia only recently has begun developing young professionals (YPs) activities and programs as part of the global SPE educational effort. The Society stresses the need for technical competence through its fundamental mission and vision to disseminate technical information. At the same time, success in the oil and gas industry also requires people to be socially responsible, creative, motivated, enthusiastic, and exhibit a taste for excellence and a talent for innovation.

That is why a YP workshop was held for disseminating four core values—learning, excellence, innovation, and social responsibility—during the second SPE Russian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (ROGCE) in Moscow last October. At the workshop, YPs and former SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni discussed these values, which have proved to complement technical competence in oil and gas industry managers and leaders.

A Student Paper Contest was also held in conjunction with the conference, so the workshop audience included not only Moscow students but representatives from 17 student chapters in the Russian and Caspian region as well. Presentations on each of the above-mentioned values were given by both YPs and students, and discussion focused on how to apply these values in the real world. Many participants emphasized that putting these values into practice would be beneficial not just for their working careers, but for their life as well.

The mission of bridging YPs with industry seniors was well carried out at the Moscow workshop, and the represented student chapters declared their intention to work more closely with YPs on initiatives in the future.