HBR: Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?
A HBR article examines the importance of technical expertise in management roles.
The Doctor Will See You Now: A Metaphor for Production Engineers
If you are a production engineer in the oil and gas industry, this playful metaphor will help you explain your job in easy to understand terms to others outside the industry.
From a Production Technology Advisor: Young Professionals Should Keep a Technology Focus in Their Career Goals
In no other time in history has the rate of change in technology in the oil industry been greater than it is today. A production technology advisor, the author recommends young professionals to have technology as a focal point for making career decisions.
Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency: Paris Climate Agreement and Meeting With G7 Energy Ministers
In his video, TWA Editor Carter Clemens talks about the TWA Interview section and introduces the topics covered in Birol's interview.
From Student to Professional: The Benefits of Maintaining SPE Membership After Graduation
The journey toward a successful career starts as we recognize our professional interests and aspirations. Early involvement in professional societies is the first step in the right direction.
Preparing To Become a Manager
Getting promoted to manager represents a tremendous vote of confidence and also raises the stakes for the professional involved. What are some skills you can acquire and knowledge you can gain before the sink-or-swim situation?
Discover a Career: Cleaning Engineering—A Critical Role in Precommissioning
Have you ever wondered about the opportunities that exist in the precommissioning industry? A good amount of ingenuity is required to engineer a precommissioning cleaning solution.
SPE Certification: An Essential Milestone for Petroleum Professionals
SPE Certification provides an endorsement of an engineer’s technical skills and capabilities by a global organization that extends to anywhere you may travel or work—a highly desirable benefit given the global nature of oil and gas operations.
SPE President Encourages More Women To Enter Engineering
Janeen Judah is working to increase the visibility of women across SPE.
The Middlemen: Career Options in the Midstream Sector
There are numerous career paths available within the midstream sector due to the very diverse nature of the systems involved. There are avenues for virtually all engineering disciplines and the opportunity for cross-training and advancement is tremendous.
Drone Piloting and Applying Drone Technology to the Oil Patch
Drones can access remote locations easily and can be used in the upstream and midstream industries for inspections, which can lead to reduced maintenance work.
Getting Out of the Oil and Gas Industry? Think You Are Too Specialized To Diversify? Think Again.
Even if your experience was in a specialized position, there are several transferable skills that oil and gas industry jobs provide.
Out of This World Technology: From Petroleum Engineer to Chief Technology Officer
TWA interviews John Saiz, Principal Industrial Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Former Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Saiz discusses areas where aerospace and oil and gas industries can collaborate, and shares his journey from petroleum engineer to CTO.
Apply Online—Building Your Digital Presence
While there are still some job opportunities advertised in newspapers, most advertised opportunities have moved online. With a little learning, ambition, and time, it is possible to transform yourself into a tech-savvy job seeker.
The Marvels of Engineering: Marshall Brain, Founder of HowStuffWorks.com
Marshall Brain, founder of the website HowStuffWorks.com shares his thoughts on the importance of engineering to the society and discusses historical and modern engineering milestones. He also shares his advice to YPs on getting their entrepreneurial ideas from paper to practice.
Technical and Nontechnical Skills Key to Career in Megaprojects
Yoga Wicaksono from Pertamina, Indonesia’s national oil company, shares his insights and lessons learned on megaprojects. Wicaksono has assisted in the completion of various megaprojects in the Asia-Pacific region from an upstream mergers and acquisitions perspective.
Keeping the Bridges Intact While Blazing Your Trail
Kim McHugh, general manager of drilling and completions for Chevron Services Company, and Jake Howard, operations supervisor for Chevron in the Midland Delaware Basin, answer questions on the types of career transitions in the industry and how to handle them successfully.
Three Strategies To Make Your Next Career Move the Best Ever
Planning and making your next career move a success may be as simple as assessing your personality, journaling about the options, and identifying roles and tasks that have inspired you in the past.
Leadership 360: Going From Employee to Employer
Cheryl Collarini, chairman of Collarini Energy Staffing, on her industry background, experience, and journey to the energy staffing sector.
Planning Your Career Path: Is There a Magic Formula to Career Success in Oil and Gas?
Often, young professionals assume that jumping from company to company is the most rewarding and lucrative path. This is not usually the case. Change may progress you, but too much change can be detrimental.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
SPE President Nathan Meehan provides guidance to young professionals and students on how to handle the downturn.
The Engineering Gold Rush in Investment Banking
Investment banks are increasingly acquiring in-house technical talent. Jeff Brown of the recruitment firm Ludwig, Wessel & Associates gives tips for young professionals contemplating a move from an industry job to the investment banking sector.
Technical Background Valuable in Upstream Finance Jobs
What skills can a professional with a technical background bring to an M&A role? Is there a particular education or career path to take to work in the M&A sector?
Building a Career in Reserves Estimation
Larry Mizzau, principal of reserves and resources governance at Cenovous Energy, explains what a career in reserves estimation entails
Déjà vu for Petroleum Engineers: A Cautionary Tale
Oil price volatility can be scary for those entering college and choosing to major in petroleum engineering. But the industry will need these graduates.
Career Road Map: Insight From Industry Professionals
Experts and industry professionals chart the road map for career growth.
Crafting the Career of Your Dreams
Just entering the oil and gas job market? Heriot-Watt University’s Eric Mackay tells you how to carve out a career and create a niche for yourself.
Recent Graduates in the US, Canada, and the UK
Young professionals guide recent graduates to the career opportunities available in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Next Challenge: Pumping Up the Future
Imran Butt of Baker Hughes talks about why young professionals should be pumped up about a future in the oil and gas industry.
A Decade of Career Choices and Defining Moments
Vivek Sharma, well engineering services manager, Halliburton Consulting Asia Pacific region, gives insight into his career and the industry's future.
Discover a Career in Social Media
What is it like to be an oil and gas social media professional? According to Olivia Harting and Erika Conner, social media leaders at Chevron, it's fast-paced, complex, challenging, global, and requires constant learning.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Regional Job Dynamics in the Energy Industry
The nature of job opportunities vary regionally, with dynamics driven by the need for technology, geopolitics, or market growth.
Preparing Engineers to Be Job Makers, Not Job Takers
Entrepreneurship can open the door to job creation within the industry. Two professors from Rice explain their efforts to train engineers in entrepreneurship as part of their curriculum.
Future Job Security in Oil and Gas: Industry Leaders’ Perspectives
From their perspective as industry leaders, Cindy Reece and David Ching discuss future job security in the oil and gas industry.
Job Satisfaction and Security in the Oil and Gas Industry: Through the Eyes of Professionals
Results of TWA survey on job satisfaction and job security in oil and gas.
Potential Source of Technical and Leadership Skills: Former Members of the US Military
Interview with John Zornick on hiring former members of the US military.
Discover a Career as a Young Entrepreneur in Oilfield Services
CEO Brandon Hayes talks about what he's learned as a young leader helping revitalize Drillchem Drilling Solutions, an oilfield services company.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Continental Savvy: Energy Entrepreneurship Worldwide
This article takes you to three continents -- North America, Asia, and Africa -- each with a story that shows how rooted in geography and how varied energy entrepreneurship can be.
Transitioning from Engineering to Leading
While exceptional in their technical field, many engineers have not developed enough of the key skills required to be a great leader. This article discusses key leadership skills that can help young professionals who desire to move to a management track.
Young Professionals Speak: What It Takes to Succeed as an Entrepreneur
TWA staff provide an overview of how two young professional entrepreneurs became successful.
Living on the Edge: The Cutting Edge
Tim Duggan discusses his serial entrepreneurship and how it brought him to his current venture developing software for oil and gas. He also discusses the success factors for an entrepreneur
Hitting Home Runs
Allison Lami Sawyer discusses how transferring technology from medicine to oil and gas led her to start her own company, and the challenges and rewards along the way.
Entrepreneurship and Oil and Gas
Despite long time horizons and huge capital requirements, there are entrepreneurship opportunities in oil and gas. Even if going it alone isn't for you, you don’t necessarily have to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial and contribute new ideas and directions to your company.
Discover a Career in Geomechanics
Shell's Hamed Soroush talks about geomechanics—the oil and gas industry's missing link.
Martin Craighead, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Baker Hughes
Interview with Martin Craighead, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes.
The Young Professionals Guide to Mexico City
Learn about Mexico's oil and gas industry and its' capital city, Mexico City.
Discover a Career: Petrophysics
Shell Canada’s Andrew Chen and Ronald Pagan discuss what a petrophysicist does and petrophysics as a career in the petroleum industry.
Deepwater Drilling: Driven by Culture?
Deepwater activities involve significant risk. How the risks and challenges are managed may depend on corporate culture. Key aspects of corporate culture are discussed.
Discover a Career in Well Completions Engineering
Apache’s George E. King talks about the importance and complexities of well completions engineering.
Managing Your Career
Chevron’s Susan Howes and Elizabeth Schwarze discuss how to actively manage your career whether you are just out of college or have been around for a decade or more.
Discover a Career in Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
The author discusses reservoir management and simulation and what reservoir engineers contribute.
Independents vs. Majors: Who Provides the Better Career?
Harry Simons of Hess Corporation talks about the differences between working for independent and major oil companies.
Unconventional Resources and Unconventional People
Valerie Jochen, Schlumberger, discusses the benefits of an "unconventional" career path.
An R&D Career in the Energy Industry
A career in R&D is not for everyone. Brant Bennion discusses the opportunities and how he has found an R&D career rewarding.
Choosing Your Side of the Table
Linda Ames reflects on how she has moved between operating and service companies during her career and provides advice on choosing the right path for you.
A Generalist vs. a Specialist
Former SPE President Eve Sprunt discusses her career, generalist vs. specialist career paths, and how to make career path decisions.
Bob Brackett, Director, Corporate Strategy, Hess Corporation
Bob Brackett, Hess, outlines the similarities and differences between working for an international oil company and national oil company.
Carving Your Own Path: The Technical vs. Managerial Career Dilemma
TWA Editor Luis Ayala weighs the pros and cons of technical and managerial career paths.
Rock Science vs Rocket Science: The Importance and Advantages of a Petroleum Engineering Education
Ali Ghalambor, head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, looks at petroleum engineering as a career—one he considers at times to be more sophisticated than rocket science—and offers some insight into the profession.
Technical vs. Managerial Careers: What Experienced Professionals Say
In prior surveys, young professionals expressed a preference for managerial careers. So we surveyed experienced professional to get their feedback on the differences and making the right choice.
At the Crossroads: Technical vs. Managerial Careers and the Common Ground for the Road Ahead
Technical and managerial career paths are not mutually exclusive. For 80 or 90% of technical management roles, there is significant common ground with respect to the journey, accomplishments, recognition, and relative success.
Career Strategy, Or How To Navigate the Seas of Opportunity!
Navigating your career in times of volatile oil prices.
Should a Technical Career Track/Ladder Be a Preferred Option for Young Professionals?
Ganesh Thakur, Chevron Energy Technology, discusses the important role that technical professionals play within our industry and the challenges that lie ahead.
Christophe de Margerie, Chief Executive Officer, Total
A conversation with Total Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie about his career, industry challenges and lessons for young professionals.
Paul Tooms, Global Head of Subsea Discipline, BP
Paul Tooms talks about his career, subsea technology, and how the industry develops its people.
Carl Montgomery, Senior Engineering Fellow, ConocoPhillips
Carl Montgomery discusses his career and the value of pursuing a technical track.
Analyzing Career Alternatives Reduces Decision Risk
Cheryl Collarini and Claude Thorp, both of Collarini Energy Staffing, examine how employees should look at the pros and cons of changing jobs.
Changing Disciplines in E&P: Why You Should Do It
Senior reservoir engineer Luis Carlos Colmenares advocates changing disciplines early in your career.
Changing Career Directions
Young professionals talk about their loyalty to the E&P industry, their motivation, and the importance of cross-disciplinary moves.
A Discussion With Francesco Cuomo, Managerial Planning-Development Dept. Manager, Eni E&P Div.
Francesco Cuomo discusses his development path and the importance of self-determination.
Drill Bit vs. Helicopter
Editor Thomas Bruni reviews this issue’s range of opinions on the value of multiple career disciplines.
Good Living Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Rafi Khouri of Champion Technologies learns from his globe-trotting travels, courtesy of the oil industry.
Jeroen van der Veer, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
Van der Veer shares his experiences and gives advice to young professionals.
Career Management in the Oil and Gas Business
Young professionals comment on their careers in the energy business and perceptions of corporate culture regarding career management.
His Excellency Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman
This interview provides insight into Oman's oil and gas industry and the career of the country's oil and gas minister.
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