Video: A Titan Signs Off
SPE Director of Academia, Ramona Graves, reflects on a 40-year career in petroleum engineering and at Colorado School of Mines.
Breaking Into the E&P Industry as a YP: Advice to New Grads
Graduation marks the end of a period marked by books, projects, exams, and grades and the beginning of a promising and adventurous professional journey. The dream job materializes only for a few, yet many face struggles. During such times, it is important to remember these key points.
ConocoPhillips: From Triple Carbon Copies to Smartphones
Sandy Kusano worked through the cycles of oil prices, seeing it soar from $4.87/barrel in 1978 to $125/barrel in 2008, working at one company, ConocoPhillips.
Interview With Alan Armstrong, President and CEO, Williams
The Way Ahead interview team spoke with Armstrong on a number of topics, including his personal experiences, the history of Williams and the midstream oil and gas industry, as well as his advice to young professionals.
ExxonMobil: Ashlika Persaud—A One-of-a-Kind Find in Guyana
It’s not often a geoscientist like me begins her career with a major discovery. It is even rarer to have that discovery take place in her country’s backyard. But my story is one of a kind.
Braving the Slump: Petroleum Engineering is Not a Dead-End Career
While oil price and public perception may act as near-term threats to the industry, an industry in flux is an opportune time for new entrants to make their mark.
MBA After Engineering: Open Up the World of Opportunities
In this Q&A, TWA editors share why they chose the path of MBA and the advantages in obtaining that degree.
CIO: Top 15 Data Science Professional Development Certificates
You don’t need to enroll in a four-year college to take advantage of the market for data science skills. Certificate programs can help get you up to speed on the latest data science concepts, techniques and tools.
PVT Musings: Why I Started Using Python To Solve Petroleum Engineering Problems
As the oil and gas industry moves more into the machine learning space, Python-conversant petroleum domain specialists will prove to be increasingly valuable to organizations.
Recommendations for a Successful SPE Student Paper Contest Participation
Based on his observations, the author shares his recommendations for students, judges, moderators, and organizers of Student Paper Contests.
PetroTalk Video: The Case for Incorporating Data Science Into Petroleum Engineering Curriculum
Andrei Popa with Chevron talks about the case for incorporating data sciences into petroleum engineering curriculum.
Beyond the Looking Glass: A YP's Guide to the Romanian Petroleum Industry
A brief look at the petroleum industry of Romania and major oil and gas attractions in the country.
Women Offshore Podcast: Hear From a Mom Offshore
In this Women Offshore podcast, offshore professional Amanda Locke shares what it was like for her since her maternity leave ended and she headed back offshore to her job.
Gender Balance in Male-Dominated Professions: Messages From Women in STEM
We hope the collection of these messages will serve to illustrate the state of gender diversity from a cross section of professionals that are exposed to it.
Schlumberger NAL Drilling President Stephanie Cox on OFS Challenges, Workforce Retention, and Digital Change
The Way Ahead team spoke with Cox on a range of topics, from industry issues to and YP-centric advice.
CMS Wire: Why AI Won’t Replace Your Manager
Although the headline that gets the clicks is “AI is taking our jobs,” the current reality is that “Automation is replacing some of our tasks.”
#BalanceForBetter: A Focus on the Intersectionality of Race and Gender
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.
Video: Cairn CEO Sudhir Mathur—Leadership Starts With Self
Others can only create opportunities. But to realize that the opportunity exists, it is important to realize "Do I see it or Not"
HBR: The Authenticity Paradox—Can Authenticity be Adaptive?
This HBR video explains how leaders can develop an “adaptively authentic” style of leadership.
TED Talk: How To Get Back to Work After a Career Break
If you've taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should.
YPO: Say Yes to Saying No!
Saying no has become a business “no-no” but saying no thank you assertively and gracefully shows ourselves and others sincere and appropriate respect.
Toward Data Science: How To Build a Data Science Portfolio
While a résumé matters for getting a data science job, having a portfolio of public evidence of your data science skills can do wonders for your job prospects.
Artificial Intelligence Explained for Non-Computer Scientists
This article gives a succinct overview of artificial intelligence, its emerging opportunities, prospects, and challenges, and concludes with recommendations to accelerate the admission of AI into workflows.
Getting Your Foot in the Door: How Artificial Intelligence Might Stand Between You and Your Next Job
In addition to affecting how young professionals will do their jobs in the future, the arrival of AI can have an effect on how they find jobs in the present. How can YPs prepare for the increasingly automated hiring processes?
Poets&Quants: What An MBA Is Worth: By The Numbers
A recent survey by Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education analyzed the financial rewards of getting an MBA.
Benefitting From Teamwork: Looking at the Positive and Negative Effects of Synergy
Project managers expect that teamwork may provide extra performance gains that exceed the sum of its members’ single contributions. But is it always true?
Transforming Academic Research: Solving Previously Complex Oil and Gas Problems Using Machine Learning
This article highlights interesting applications of machine learning in the oil and gas industry in drilling, formation evaluation, and reservoir engineering. Each project uses a data-driven model to solve a previously complex problem using machine learning to augment an existing solution.
Analytics Moves to Midstream: AI Opportunities Away From the Wellhead
The AI revolution in the market for consumer goods by companies like Amazon and Alibaba led to significant changes in the market dynamics. Similar impacts can be expected in the midstream industry as the AI revolution unfolds there.
“Coding is the English of Tomorrow,” Kayrros President Antoine Rostand’s Advice to YPs
Rostand on the challenges of starting a new company, what role alternative and big data will play in oil and gas, and how young professionals can adapt to the volatile industry.
Leadership Can Happen at All Levels
Leadership can develop in a variety of areas in one’s life: At work as an individual contributor or manager, or at home as a parent, partner, family member, or friend.
What Will Your Job Look Like in the Future? Three Bold Predictions
The TWA HR Discussion team explores three trends that will change the way we will work in the future.
How Do You Approach Someone on LinkedIn or Other Social Media?
Here are some do's and don'ts.
The Milestone Offshore Mexico Discovery: Talos Energy CEO Tim Duncan
TWA interviews Talos’ CEO Tim Duncan on the opportunities and challenges of working in Mexico, and his advice for young professionals looking to be entrepreneurs or work for a private-equity based oil and gas company.
Maximizing Success Through the Big Crew Change
Oil prices seem to be on the rebound, employment statistics look promising, and the petroleum industry is slowly starting to flourish again. However, there has been a fundamental shift in the workforce since the beginning of the most recent downturn.
What Recruiters Look for in Résumés
In our quest to understand what the people responsible for recruiting look for when evaluating the CVs of young professionals, the TWA Soft Skills team conducted a survey among recruiters, human resources advisors, and managers.
My Journey From Being a Mentee to Becoming an SPE Mentor
The SPE eMentoring program can help boost your confidence about your next step in the industry and help achieve your career goals.
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.
Energy4me is a STEM-ulating Classroom Experience
Small plastic cups filled with different colors of sand. A Slinky and a two foam cups. A sponge, a plastic straw and a plastic baggie. These elements may sound like items on a scavenger hunt list, but with Energy4me they can upcycle and help students track down a career in engineering.
Making Gender Diversity a Reality in the Oil and Gas Industry
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.
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.
The Other Side of the Table—Are You an Engineer Who Could Thrive in Management Consulting?
Management consulting may be a rewarding career for you too. A few minutes spent reading this article may serve you well in determining whether this career option deserves your time and energy.
The Danger of the Big Data Fashion—The Price of FOMO Could be Extravagant
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.
The State of Petroleum Engineering Academia in Its Post-Centennial Years
As the petroleum engineering discipline embarks on its second century of existence, what changes will academia make to keep up with the times?
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.
Starrfmonline: Meet Ghana’s First Female Offshore Production Technician Trainee
Defying all odds a petroleum engineer from Ghana becomes the first female offshore production technician trainee in her country.
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.
Applying Oilwell Drilling Knowledge to Borewell Drilling To Alleviate Water Scarcity
For 60% of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, by cultivated land area, an acute challenge is access to water. Irrigation in such areas is limited because of lack of innovation in drilling methods. Here's a case where the knowledge from oil drilling led to improvements in borewell drilling.
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.
The BP Returnship Program and the Mom Project Aim To Bring Employees Back to the Industry
Returning to the workforce after a break for family or personal reasons is often a difficult transition. A new BP and The Mom Project Collaboration aims to make it easier for moms.
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.
Encourage Young Leaders in Oil and Gas: Nominate Them for an SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award
Recognition outside our companies, schools, and institutions matters. Do you have a friend who is worthy of SPE recognition? Nominate them for an SPE award.
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.
An Interview With Entrepreneur Jamie Glas: A Young Petroleum Engineer Who Designs Women's Safetywear
Twenty-something Jaime Glas is not your typical young professional. An accomplished petroleum engineer in her own right, she has boldly ventured into the market of women’s fire-retardant clothing, launching her first line of coveralls earlier this year.
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.
HBR: Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?
A HBR article examines the importance of technical expertise in management roles.
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.
NPR: Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away
As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, the old-fashioned way of taking notes by hand still has advantages.
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.
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.
Gender Diversity: A Test for Leadership
Schulmberger Senior Adviser Pierre Bismuth shares the importance of company leadership's support for successful diversity initiatives in the industry.
Entrepreneur: Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners
This article from Entrepreneur shares reasons why diversity should matter to event planners.
Planning Industry Events: Setting Them Up For Success
While you may have attended one or many industry conferences, symposiums, and workshops, have you ever considered the planning that happens behind the scenes of these events?
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.
Sustaining Technical Excellence: The Importance of Continual Learning for Professionals and Students
For technical innovation and skill progression for individuals and institutions, continual learning and exposure to new ideas is vital.
#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.
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.
Diversity and Inclusion: The Gender Balance in a Performing Organization
The TWA HR Discussion team interviews Theresa Barnett, North America regional manager, Halliburton Consulting, who provides insight into understanding diversity and inclusion, particularly as it pertains to women, and ways organizations can make their workforce truly diverse.
Harvard Business Review: How to Be an Inspiring Leader
Summarizing the results of a leadership survey by Bain and Company, this HBR article describes the traits of an inspiring leader.
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.
Job Search: Takeaways From 2017 OTC Networking Events
Author shares the main takeaways from the 2017 OTC networking events in a Q&A format.
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?
The 80/20 Rule for Job Search
Article discusses ways you can make your job search more effective.
Talent Diversity: Why Nontraditional Degrees Matter in the Oil Industry
Professionals from the oil and gas industry share how their nontraditional degrees are benefiting their career.
Habits That Undermine Women's Own Success: How Many Are You Guilty of?
This article lists six habits that undermine women's success in the workplace.
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.
How to Get People to Take Your Deadlines Seriously (Without Being Rude)
A few strategies that can help to make your coworkers understand the urgency of your deadlines.
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?
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.
Importance of Employee Engagement During the Downturn: A Discussion
How does culture and engagement correlate with business performance? Are companies making these measurements?
SPE President Encourages More Women To Enter Engineering
Janeen Judah is working to increase the visibility of women across SPE.
Marie Tharp: How the Pioneer Oceanographer Proved Plate Tectonics With Her Ocean Floor Maps
With her pioneering work in ocean floor cartography, Marie Tharp helped prove the plate tectonics theory in earth sciences.
Pervasive Thinking: Overcoming Omnipresent Larger-Than-Life Thinking So You Can Thrive
Pervasive thinking blocks all of your triumphs and narrows your vision, so that all you can see is a core trigger. How do you turn the thought from becoming an unsolvable problem and approach it as a problem-solution statement?
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.
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.
How Clouds Form Over the Oceans: A Story About Multidisciplinary Collaboration
SPE HSSE-SR Technical Director Trey Shaffer shares an interesting story on how collaboration led to an amazing science discovery.
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.
Energy4me: Marketing Oil and Gas Education to Future Generations
The oil and gas industry has a remarkable story to tell. SPE’s energy education public outreach program Enery4me highlights how energy works in our everyday lives to school students and teachers and promotes the career opportunities in the upstream petroleum sector.
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.
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.
Pay-It-Forward Networking: A Networking Program To Assist Members in Job Transition
For those who are in a job transition, networking enhances job search leads because it involves meeting new people and becoming reacquainted with industry colleagues. The Pay-It-Forward Networking Program offers industry tours, training, and panels to enable networking.
Complex vs. Complicated: High-Performance Teams Lead in the Complex Information Age
In the current complex information age, while organizational ranks and tiers will still be required, a rigid hierarchy and absolute centralized decision making slows down execution and stifles adaptation in teams.
Former SPE President Eve Sprunt Publishes Book on Dual-Career Couples
Former SPE President Eve Sprunt talks about her recent book on dual-career couples and shares her advice to millennials on achieving a good work/life balance.
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.
How Molecules Became Machines: 2016 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winners
Winners of this year's Chemistry Nobel Prize are announced. The groundbreaking steps taken by these scientists in developing molecular machinery have resulted in a toolbox of chemical structures to build increasingly advanced creations.
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.
Walking To Run in Megaproject Execution
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.
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.
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.
Which Soft Skills Can Help Young Professionals Succeed in Megaprojects?
The chance to work in an industry megaproject is a rare opportunity. These projects are exciting, fast-paced, and dynamic. Besides solid technical skills, which other skills will young professionals need to be successful in these projects?
3 Ways to Use MOOCs to Advance Your Career
Most people who sign up for a MOOC – a massive open online course – never finish it, often completing less than half of the work. But does that mean they didn't get value from it?
To Seem Confident, Women Have to be Seen as Warm
New research provides insight into why women may hold fewer leadership positions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Training Plays an Essential Role in Delivering Practical Knowledge
Technical knowledge is improved through sharing, training, experience, or identifying a better way to accomplish a goal.
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.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
SPE President Nathan Meehan provides guidance to young professionals and students on how to handle the downturn.
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.
Diversity and Inclusion: A Young Professional’s Tools for Success
If you aspire to a leadership position, go beyond being capable of working in a diverse team and leverage it to drive innovation.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Getting an Advanced Degree the Key to a Financially Rewarding Career?
Start a career or study further? Matt Balhoff of the University of Texas at Austin and Larry Fiddler of Halliburton Consulting debate the pros and cons.
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.
Getting to the Next Promotion
How to prepare yourself for your next promotion by how you act, dress, behave, and interact with others.
G. Steven Farris
Steven Farris of Apache Corporation shares his industry experience and offers advice to young professionals entering the oil and gas industry.
Engage in Networking and Realize Your Dream Job
Effective networking can be helpful in career advancement. This article provides some tips on how to network effectively and why it is important.
Navigating the Oil and Gas Industry: Soft Skills Needed Along the Way
Technical skills aren't sufficient for success. Professionals also need to acquire the soft skills that will facilitate their growth within the 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.
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.
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.
Excelling in Your First 10 Years: Ten Life Lessons
Ten life lessons to help you excel—now and for the rest of your career.
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.
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.
Learning: The Ultimate Transferable Skill
Continual learning in the areas of tasks, relationships, and self provide skills that are transferable and useful across many situations.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethics and Integrity Matter in the Workplace, Part II
Ken Arnold points out how easily we can all behave unethically from time to time and describes a number of ethical dilemmas.
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 in Geomechanics
Shell's Hamed Soroush talks about geomechanics—the oil and gas industry's missing link.
Ethics and Integrity Matter in the Workplace, Part I
The first of a two-part discussion of how ethics and integrity matter in the workplace.
The Power of Small When the Small Is Really Big
Breaking a big goal into smaller tasks can be a powerful way of accomplishing big things without being overwhelmed.
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.
How to Advance One’s Career, Manage One’s Team, and Become a More Successful Leader: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Young professionals can use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to improve their leadership and communication skills.
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.
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.
A New Approach to Skills Training
Thoughts on skills and training from 2013 SPE President, Egbert Imomoh
Discover a Career in Well Completions Engineering
Apache’s George E. King talks about the importance and complexities of well completions engineering.
Work/Life Balance in the 21st Century
What is work-life balance, why is it important, how things get out of balance, and how to come back to an equilibrium state.
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.
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.
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.
Discover a Career in Petroleum Reservoir Simulation
The author discusses reservoir management and simulation and what reservoir engineers contribute.
Factors Impacting Dual-Career Couples Results of the December 2011 Talent Council Survey
Chevron's Eve Sprunt and Susan Howes discuss results of an SPE survey on dual-career couples.
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.
Unconventional Resources and Unconventional People
Valerie Jochen, Schlumberger, discusses the benefits of an "unconventional" career path.
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 Structured Classroom Approach
Interview with Jorrit van der Togt, vice president of learning and organization effectiveness at Shell, about training, mentoring, and leadership.
Northern Lights of the Arctic: Diversity Exchanges
Amir Soltani, Statoil, discusses the diverse workforce represented in the Arctic and what it is like to live and work there.
Mentoring Through Technology: Industry Leaders Video Library
Videos featuring industry leaders across all SPE disciplines are being collected. They will capture career advice for young professionals.
On-the-Job Learning at Swift Energy: A Case Study
Swift Energy uses a training-cum-mentorship model to get new engineers up to speed, reduce nonproductive time and increase technical knowledge.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Dubai, UAE
What it is like to live and work in Dubai.
Women in Climate Change
Interviews with three women who are working to develop solutions to climate change.
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 Petrobras Petroleum Engineering Educational System
Otto Alcantara Santos, Petrobras, discussed the extensive training program for development of the company's engineers and the positive results it has produced.
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.
Women With Advanced Degrees Build New Pathways for Emerging Countries
Three women in advanced graduate studies talk about their work and how to attract more young women into science.
There Is Life After College: Learning Must Go On
Turgay Ertekin talks about learning after college and opportunities in graduate study.
Continuing Education: Adding Value for Industry Professionals
An Interview With Joseph A. Ajienka, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Continuing Education: Making the Most of All the Opportunities
Stuart Burley, head of Geoscience at Cairn Energy India, on taking advantage of continuing education opportunities and why learning should be an integral part of everyone’s career.
Continuing Education: Which Programs Work, Which Don’t, and What Does the Industry Find Valuable and Useful?
Exploring the value and impact of a graduate degree and how to find the right program for your career objectives.
Should I Consider Graduate School?
Graduate school can have a big impact on your career, but it isn't for everyone. Be clear about your expectations and what you hope to accomplish when pursuing an advanced degree.
Continuing Education: The Options Ahead -- Young professionals must manage their own education
Continuing education is not just attending a program at a university or taking a training course. There are many other ways young professionals can prepare themselves for the future.
Women in R&D
Three women working in R&D offer perspectives on their work, why they joined that branch of the industry, what projects they work on, and what keeps them challenged.
Persuasive Technical Presentations
The authors provide practical suggestions for improving your presentations to management so that your research contributions are more likely to be supported.
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.
Keeping the Work/Life Balance
An examination of work/life balance issues by women in the 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.
The Importance of Hard Work
Cajetan Onu, senior reservoir geologist, Total E&P UK, talks about the importance of hard work.
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.
Ana Zambelli, General Manager, Brazil, Schlumberger
An interview with Ana Zambelli covering her career path, mentoring, career advice and work/life balance.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Calgary
A look at Calgary, Canada's energy capital.
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.
Jack of All Trades vs. Master of Some: Service Companies vs. E&P Companies
What are the differences between working for an oil and gas company and a service company? This issue was written to help you answer that question. TWA Editor Luis Ayala gives you a preview.
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.
J.C. Cunha, Well Operations Manager, Petrobras America
A converstion with J.C. Cunha about his career and how he became a technical expert.
Gabrielle Guerre, Reservoir Engineer, Ryder Scott
An interview with Gabrielle Guerre, an emerging technical leader who shares her fresh insights on what it takes to thrive in the technical side of the oil and gas industry.
Energy and Oil—A Personal Journey
Nansen G. Saleri reflects on his career in the oil and gas industry.
International Career Opportunities Don’t Let Them Pass You By
Jeff Ewing, Saudi Arabian Chevron, talks about the importance and reward associated with the varied international assignments in his career.
John MacArthur, Operations General Manager of Badr El-Din Petroleum
John MacArthur talks about his career choices and the future energy landscape.
The Young Professional's Guide to Sakhalin
The history of Sakhalin Island, Russia and what it's like to live and work there.
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.
Conquering the Field
Another new series debuting this issue looks at young women in the oil industry—where are they working, what are they doing, what are their challenges? In this first article, we explore the experiences of women working in the field.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Aberdeen, Scotland
Aberdeen's role in the North Sea industry and what it is like to live and work there.
Career Profile: Simon Ayat, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Schlumberger
I have benefited from all kinds of opportunities that have exposed me to a variety of challenges and, increasingly, I have had the chance to draw on experiences from many different environments.
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.
Helge Lund, Chief Executive Officer, StatoilHydro
Helge Lund, Chief Executive Officer of StatoilHydro, talks about his career path, leadership skills, and the current state of the oil market.
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.
Confessions of a Distance-Learning Student
Pursuing a graduate degree at night can be very beneficial. But it requires trade-offs and dedication and should not be entered into without considering both what you'll have to give up (while in school) and what you'll gain.
Cycling Through a Career
Larry W. Lake discusses oil industry price cycles and how to exercise responsibility for your own career.
David J. O’Reilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron
Davd O'Reilly discusses his career, the challenges that lie ahead for the industry, and advice for today's young professionals.
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10 July 2019
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