Graduating in a Downturn? Take a Look at These Job Search Lessons
The oil and gas industry is attractive to university graduates because of the opportunities it presents. However, depending on your timing, it can be a challenging job market to enter because of the fluctuation in oil prices.
Psychology Today: Why Your Brain Hates the Job Search
Hate the job search? You’re not alone. Here are some ways to coax your brain into liking the process.
Keeping Up With the Digital Age: What is Data Analytics all about?
This interview explores the opportunities, challenges, and what young professionals need to know to have a rewarding career in drilling data analytics.
Video Story: My 24-Million-Dollar Mistake
The author narrates an incident from his work experience to explain the importance of communication in technical work.
How to Adapt to a Cyclical Industry: SPE President Spady Answers Young Professionals’ Questions
In an interview with TWA editors, 2018 SPE President Darcy Spady shares tips on how to progress in career during periods of technology changes and ways young members can adapt to the cyclical nature of the industry.
Lifehacker: Questions to Ask Yourself at Every Point in Your Career
If you’re ready for a bit of self-reflection, then check out these questions from that can help shape your career plans.
TED: 9 Common-Sense Rules for Getting the Most Out of Meetings
Do you find that the meetings you organize sometimes drifts into a “topic slip” midway? Here are 9 steps to get the most out of your meetings.
Transformational Changes During M&As: An Interview With Uwem Ukpong, Chief Integration Officer, BHGE
The success or failure of a M&A deal hinges on how well the two involved companies can integrate. What are the main drivers for a successful integration?
What Does It Take to Have a Career in Process Safety?
Experience working in operating plants at the start of the career can be important to building a successful career in process safety.
Building Decision Competence: Life is the Sum of All Your Choices
The only way we can impact our lives, our families’ lives, the organizations we work for, our countries, or our world is through our decisions.
Oxy CEO Vicki Hollub on Her Career and Company, and Advice to Young Professionals
In an interview with TWA, Hollub shares her leadership experience and company strategy.
Chevron CEO John Watson: How Learning Shapes Your Career
Chevron CEO John Watson says that to advance in business today, you need to build a strong foundation in the classroom and also embrace the idea of continuous learning.
The Value of Estimating—Advice for New Engineers
Value is not realized by producing precise numerical answers to a problem. Value is added by providing sound opinions and judgments about which action should be taken.
My Experience as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Reservoir Engineering
SPE Distingushed Lecturer Dean Rietz shares his experience delivering his lecture on reservoir engineer at SPE sections around the world.
Energy Education: It Starts With You
There is a lot of misinformation in the public about the oil and gas industry. As professionals of the industry, it is our duty to understand the gaps, educate ourselves, and then help spread accurate information.
Forbes: Six Ways Your University Can Still Help You Get A Job—Whether You Graduated Recently Or Years Ago
This Forbes article shares six ways your university can help your career – whether you graduated one year or one decade ago.
It’s All About Aligning With Your Company’s Needs
Industry veteran Mario Zamora's story is molded by his long career in the drilling segment of the industry. In this article, he shares his advice for those looking for or starting their first oilfield job, working for a few years, or transitioning.
HBR: How to Return Home After an Assignment Abroad
A Harvard Business Review article explores the challenges of settling back into your own culture after returning from an assignment.
Soft is Hard To Get: An MBA’s Musings
Can hard engineering skills alone help one address the career challenges faced?
Laying the New Talent Pipeline for the Changing E&P Industry
As E&P companies develop their talent management strategies and lay out the new talent pipeline, they need to be cognizant of the major changes in the industry landscape.
TWA Crowdsourcing: A YP’s Guide to Surfing the Disruptive Wave
A quick look at the term "Fourth Industrial Revolution" and links to related articles.
Highlighting Soft Skills in the Job Application Process: Can It Be Done?
If you choose to highlight your soft skills in your cover letter, make sure to study your audience well and avoid the buzzwords.
Entrepreneur: Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners
This article from Entrepreneur shares reasons why diversity should matter to event planners.
Sidetrack Is Not Always an Expensive Choice: Job Hunting Strategies for Young Professionals
While sidetracking your career path is not an easy journey, the skills and knowledge gained in petroleum engineering education can be applied in other industries during the downturn.
#OperationLateralMobility—Members-in-Transition Success Stories for Recent Graduates
The SPE Gulf Coast Section Members-in-Transition initiative highlights success stories of recent graduates finding jobs in a low price environment. Members share their experience and advice to fellow young professionals.
Job Search: Takeaways From 2017 OTC Networking Events
Author shares the main takeaways from the 2017 OTC networking events in a Q&A format.
The 80/20 Rule for Job Search
Article discusses ways you can make your job search more effective.
How To Assess and Overcome Pipeline Integrity Challenges
What is pipeline integrity management and what are the crucial components of a well-rounded integrity management system?
Importance of Employee Engagement During the Downturn: A Discussion
How does culture and engagement correlate with business performance? Are companies making these measurements?
From Engineer to Entrepreneur: Some Do’s and Don’ts
The author shares the lessons he learned during his transitioning from being an engineer to becoming an entrepreneur.
The Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference: What I Learned and Why You Should Attend
TWA's Managing Editor Amber Sturrock shares her takeaways from the 2016 Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference and encourages young professionals to attend this year's edition.
Building a Midstream Company: An Interview With Ryan D. Lewellyn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tall Oak Midstream
To discuss the opportunities and challenges in the oil and gas midstream industry, the TWA HR Discussion editors interviewed Ryan Lewellyn about his experiences managing a private-equity-backed company and his outlook on the sector.
How To Survive Downturns: Advice From 30 Years of Firsthand Experience
2018 SPE President Darcy Spady shares his experience and advice for young professionals on how to survive the downturn.
Becoming a Technology Fellow, Starting With the Undergraduate Project
Satya Gupta, a technology fellow at Baker Hughes, shares the milestones of his career in the industry.
Making Megaprojects Successful in the 21st Century
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.
An Object in Motion Stays in Motion
The TWA Editor shares his personal career transitions and encourages others to do likewise. Even in a downturn, it is important to think about the opportunities that can help you move forward -- even if on a slightly different path.
Perspectives on Career Transitions: Life Stories From Six E&P Industry Professionals
Six young professionals share the stories of the career transitions they have faced, the challenges involved, and the soft skills they used to succeed in them.
What Inspires Me in My Career in Oil and Gas
Change is a fixture of our industry, so preparation for it is essential. It is worthwhile developing an expertise or a niche, and to know when to move forward.
City Life to Scenic Life: Dallas, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska
Be it to the Dallas metroplex or the arctic Alaska, moving to a new location can be adventure worth attempting.
Maintain Objectivity To Push Through Transitions
Over my career, I have gained a lot through changes in my role, career path, or location. Changes in setting can often provoke one to become more open, a better listener, and more patient. I have learned the importance of clear communication.
An Energy Career Compass
Going the extra mile and striving to be essential in your job will improve your chances of staying on board through difficult times.
Conquering Change: Lessons From the Past
One of the key aspects to remember is to keep moving forward while not losing sight of what you truly expect yourself to achieve. Seize opportunities, yes, but bear in mind what your motivation is.
Lucky No.7: A Tale of Oil in the Saudi Arabian Desert
Lucky No. 7—A glimpse into the origins of the petroleum era in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco's plans for the future, and what it is like to live and work in the kingdom.
Integrate, Network, and Don’t Underestimate the Power of Communication
Be it the price downturn or the big crew change, communication skills can help young professionals ride the wave of change—and other valuable advice from industry leader Fayaz Jamal of Woodside Energy.
From Petroleum Engineer to CEO The Success Story of an M&A Market Leader
Mark Ellis, CEO of Linn Energy, shares the details of his journey from being a petroleum engineer to becoming a CEO and an M&A market leader.
How Petroleum Industry Young Professionals Can Survive the Oil Price Volatility
Young professionals can use downturns as an opportunity for long-term career growth.
Setting the Foundation With the Bricks From Others: Advice for Recent Grads
The TWA Editor offers advice to recent graduates for finding the best path for them.
The Road to Leadership: Advice From Industry Leaders Janeen Judah and Kendra Lema
Industry leaders Janeen Judah of Chevron and Kendra Lema of ConocoPhillips talk about what makes a person good leadership material and the opportunities available in the industry.
G. Steven Farris
Steven Farris of Apache Corporation shares his industry experience and offers advice to young professionals entering the oil and gas industry.
Navigating Success in the E&P Industry: The “BIG 8” on Your Career Compass
2015 SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen reveals the eight dimensions to focus on in plotting your way to career success.
Bob Dudley, Chief Executive of BP
Bob Dudley, BP's chief executive, talks about his career and what it's like leading one of the industry's most talked-about companies.
The Young Professional’s Guide to The Hague, Netherlands
A center for peace, hope, diplomacy—and oil and gas: The Hague, Netherlands.
Earning Job and Career Security
Excellent pay and benefits are characteristic of the industry, but not always job security. Turning that into career security is up to the individual, building a valuable skill set that will be attractive to a variety of employers.
Future Job Security in the Oil and Gas Industry
Deanna Jones, vice president of human resources and administrative services at Marathon Oil, shares her own career "best practices."
Stephen A. Holditch President, SA Holditch & Associates
Stephen Holditch, now retired as head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M, talks about his multifaceted career.
Advice to a Young Entrepreneur: The Way Ahead Interviews Established Entrepreneurs
Established entrepreneurs Ricardo B. Levy and Howard Rosen of Stanford University share advice on becoming a young entrepreneur.
The Young Professional’s Guide To Rio de Janeiro
A discussion about the oil and gas industry in Brazil, along with what it is like to live and work in RIo de Janeirol.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Jakarta, Indonesia
An overview of the oil and gas industry in Indonesia is provided, along with what it is like to live in and visit Jakarta.
Job Satisfaction in the Oil and Gas World
Results of a survey that examines job satisfaction in the oil and gas industry and whether there is a difference for those who work for independents, majors, and national oil companies.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Stavanger, Norway
A discussion of the North Sea industry and what it is like to live and work in Stavanger, Norway.
Unconventional Job Hiring for Unconventional Resources Development
A discussion with Mike Maneffa and George Alameda from Chevron about unconventional resources and whether it presents an opportunity for young professionals.
The E&P Industrial Evolution—Failing Forward
David Reid of National Oilwell Varco discusses the role of failure and learning from it in learning and career growth.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Houston, Texas, USA
Home to more than 5,000 energy-related companies, Houston, Texas, inevitably becomes a second home to many in the industry. What is it like to live and work there?
Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell
A conversation with Peter Voser, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, about his career and his company.
R.V. Marathe, Executive Director and Head, Institute of Reservoir Studies, ONGC
A conversation with R.V. Marathe, executive director and head of the Institute of Reservoir Studies at ONGC, about his career and advice for young professionals.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Dubai, UAE
What it is like to live and work in Dubai.
CO2 and You
Tackling climate change is the key issue for the oil and gas industry in the years ahead. How will you respond?
Melody Meyer, President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production
A conversation with Melody Meyer, president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production about her career.
Egbert Imomoh, Chairman, Afren Energy Resources
A conversation with Egbert Imomoh, Chairman of Afren Energy Resources, about his career and his company.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Port Harcourt, Nigeria
An overview of the oil industry in Nigeria, along with what it is like to live and work in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Be Proud of Our Industry
2011 SPE President Alain Labastie discusses the importance of our industry and the challenges that lie ahead.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Perth, Australia
This guide is for those planning a relocation, business trip, attendance at an industry event, pleasure travel, or who are just curious about Perth and Western Australia, its history, and its role in today’s oil and gas industry.
Technical Leaders: Jack of All Trades vs. Master of Some: Service vs. E&P Companies
Norm Warpinski, Pinnacle, and Keng Seng Chan, Petronas, discuss the differences between E&P and service companies, along with their personal career experiences.
John Yearwood, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Operating Officer, Smith International
John Yearwood, Smith International, discusses his career turning points, how his company is positioning itself for the recovery and advice for young professionals.
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