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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Excelling in Your First 10 Years: Ten Life Lessons
Ten life lessons to help you excel—now and for the rest of your career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
A New Approach to Skills Training
Thoughts on skills and training from 2013 SPE President, Egbert Imomoh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Structured Classroom Approach
Interview with Jorrit van der Togt, vice president of learning and organization effectiveness at Shell, about training, mentoring, and leadership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Be Proud of Our Industry
2011 SPE President Alain Labastie discusses the importance of our industry and the challenges that lie ahead.
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.
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: Adding Value for Industry Professionals
An Interview With Joseph A. Ajienka, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
There Is Life After College: Learning Must Go On
Turgay Ertekin talks about learning after college and opportunities in graduate study.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Calgary
A look at Calgary, Canada's energy capital.
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.
John MacArthur, Operations General Manager of Badr El-Din Petroleum
John MacArthur talks about his career choices and the future energy landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neal Gillenwater, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Weatherford International
Neal Gillenwater, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Weatherford International, discusses the impact of oil-price volatility, the economic downturn, and motivation of employees in an uncertain business climate.
Cycling Through a Career
Larry W. Lake discusses oil industry price cycles and how to exercise responsibility for your own career.
Career Strategy, Or How To Navigate the Seas of Opportunity!
Navigating your career in times of volatile oil prices.
David White, President, Schlumberger Water & Carbon Services
David White discusses his career path, his views on industry challenges, and advice for young professionals.
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.
Iman Hill, Senior VP, Santos Basin, BG Group
Iman Hill discusses her career path, advice for young professionals, and her thoughts on women in the industry.
Ceri Powell, VP, Strategy, Royal Dutch Shell Group
Ceri Powell explains how she got into the industry, her advice for young professionals, and how she views the role of women in our industry.
Gender Diversity and Innovation
Comments from TWA Editor Tony Thomas on a recent study looking at the impact of gender diversity on innovation in companies.
Women in the Industry
Two young professional women discuss their roles and responsibilities in the energy industry.
Jerri Babin, Director, Rig Solutions Sales Support, National Oilwell Varco
Jerri Babin of National Oilwell Varco shares her perspective on how the industry has evolved and the future prospects for women.
Obstacles on the Road to Success
Sara Akbar shares her experiences and wisdom she has gained while pursing her life's work in the oil and gas industry.
The Route I Followed
Karen Schou Pedersen shares her experiences and wisdom she has gained whle pursuing her life's work in the oil and gas industry.
Managing Gender Diversity: Five Secrets for a Manager’s Toolkit
Kurt Weiss walks readers through several recent studies about the importance of gender diversity within the industry.
Dealing With Difficult People: You Can React or Respond
We all have choices about how to handle difficult people at work. Sometimes our old patterns of behavior in dealing with hard-to-manage people may limit our thinking and thus, our effectiveness. It is essential to revisit our choices before we are in a crisis or a time-bounded reactive situation.
Great Opportunities for Young Talent
Human resources professionals in the petroleum industry discuss what sustainable human resources means practically in today's flush oil and gas market.
Emmanuel O. Egbogah, Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Petroleum Matters
Emmanuel O. Egbogah discusses his career, advice for young professionals, and how the industry can impact West Africa.
Ayman Asfari, Group Chief Executive, Petrofac Services Limited
Ayman Asfari talks about his career, his company, future technology, and sustainability.
YP PerSPEctive on Competency Management
Two young professionals of different nationality and primary work location, Miriam Andres and Dmitry Chernyshov, answer the same questions posed in the Forum survey.
Superior Leadership With Advanced Innovation
Adel Anwar, management consultant, focuses on effective thinking and superior leadership.
Costs and Benefits of Graduate Education
Khalid Aziz, Stanford University, examines the costs and benefits of graduate education by sharing his experience and the lessons he learned along the way.
Energy Professionals—Competencies for the Future
Find out what TWA readers said in a survey on the competencies that energy professionals will need for the future.
Addressing the Needs of Dual-Career Couples
Presenting results of a 2007 SPE survey on dual-career couples in the oil and gas industry.
Lynda Armstrong, Vice President, EPT Solutions, Shell
Lynda Armstrong talks about her career, mentoring, competency development and advice for young professionals.
A Message From 2008 SPE President Bill Cobb
Bill Cobb discusses the lifelong job of developing your technical skills, and several key means for doing so.
Stuart Ferguson, CTO, Weatherford International
Stuart Ferguson talks about his career, competency development, future technology challenges and competitiveness.
What Does It Take To Be Successful in The Future?
TWA Editor Tony Thomas discusses future competency needs -- technical, social, and professional.
Forum: Old School vs. New School: Back to Basics!
Young professionals offer views on their preparation and orientation compared to more experienced workers.
Young Professionals PerSPEctives
Two young professionals talk about their career experiences in response to questions asked in this issue's Forum.
Phil Williams, Executive Director, RPS Group
Phil Williams shares his vision of how professional and industry development are responding to new pressures and changing to reflect new values.
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.
Systems Thinking in Learning Organizations
Systems thinking, sometimes called the "fifth discipline", is a way for teams and individuals to look for changes that will provide long-term improvements.
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.
The International Language of Teamwork
Catherine Hick, Managing Director of TMS Development International, promotes a common framework for teamwork across geographic and cultural boundaries.
Alan Preston, Vice President, Human Resources, Chevron
Alan Preston shares his insight on how Chevron is facing today’s industry challenges and discuss the HR policies the company has established to meet these challenges.
Syed Ali, Chevron Fellow, Chevron Energy Technology Company
Syed Ali shares his career experience and discusses the value of taking a technical path.
Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company International
Matt Simmons talks about his career, peak oil, and advice for young professionals.
Competing in the Global Market: The Influence of Culture
The pace of globalization, despite its critics around the world, continues unabated. This reality raises increasingly pressing management issues for multinationals engaged in today’s complex and rapidly changing environment.
The Attributes of Successful Professionals
Insight from Jasper Ring, Subsurface Manager for Chevron's Blind Faith Project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Elements of Creativity
Creativity is not a single or simple process. It includes several key elements that, when combined, result in a new and innovative product or process.
Young Professionals PerSPEctives
Two young professionals share their thoughts/experiences related to this issue's Forum questions.
Saudi Aramco Faces Staffing Challenges
Khaled Al-Buraik, Chief Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Engineering and Development, E&P, at Saudi Aramco offers insight about the company, its recruitment and career development mechanisms, and its development and promotion programs.
Carl Montgomery, Senior Engineering Fellow, ConocoPhillips
Carl Montgomery discusses his career and the value of pursuing a technical track.
Bill Gammell, Chief Executive Officer, Cairn Energy plc
Bill Gammell discusses his career, his company, remaining competitive and his advice for young professionals.
A Letter from 2007 SPE President Abdul-Jaleel Al-Khalifa
Abdul-Jaleel Al-Khalifa offers a recipe for success that includes an inspiring vision, internal and external balance, polishing technical and interpersonal skills, and choosing the right ship.
Mentoring Today for Tomorrow
Mentoring represents the most powerful means to address the pending "crew change" and facilitate the transfer of knowledge from seasoned seniors to the young. Young professionals speak out on the subject.
Industry Offers Excellent Job Opportunities
The E&P industry offers young professionals something that no other industry can: an international venue that combines business and technology in a challenging way.
Mentoring—Outstanding Benefits for All, for Little Effort
Tips on how to mentor well and how to gain the most from your mentor.
Tony Hayward, Chief Executive, Exploration and Production, BP
In this TWA interview, Hayward shows how important it is to learn to think with your heart as well as your head. He also demonstrates that you can be passionate about your work while enjoying life outside your career.
“Oil” Jack—If GE Oil Existed
Editor Thomas Bruni discusses mentoring's place in the big picture.
Aramco Engineer Balances Work, Family
A Saudi Aramco engineer discusses being one of a few women, and how she balances work and family while sacrificing neither.
Mentoring Takes Many Beneficial Forms
Tjerk Joustra, Shell, reflects on his mentoring experiences and how they have helped him along his career path.
Knowledge Management Enhances Technical Training Program
As the industry faces the challenge of getting new workers up to speed faster, knowledge management programs hold the promise of helping to transfer knowledge from experienced workers to those who need to learn it.
Mentoring in Azerbaijan
How a program of lectures, structured mentoring, and symposiums has helped develop young professionals in Azerbaijan.
Mentoring in Shell
Royal Dutch Shell plc has had formal mentoring systems in place for many years. Mentoring is available to staff throughout the company; however, the focus is on new joiners to Shell and in particular new graduate professionals.
Moving Factors for Young Careers
Mentoring is without doubt one of the keys to success. As a young woman in a male-dominated environment, I believe that it is still the human factor that makes the difference.
Hard Work, Professionalism Pay Dividends
David Tournadre, Vice President of Personnel at Schlumberger, discusses how there is no recipe for success—it is very much driven by hard work, the results you produce, and your own individual motivation.
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.
Life Is a Risky Business—How To Reduce the Downside
Bill Robb, Managing Director of Profit Improvers Ltd., offers six steps for assessing business, career, and relationship risks.
Paolo Scaroni, CEO, Eni
This interview by Thomas Bruni captures Scaroni’s charm, integrity, and personal leadership lessons from his experiences leading successful organizations.
Making Choices When Opportunities Arise
Eni engineer Andrea Rimoldi ponders whether a transfer to Angola is worth it. Tricia Stephens encourages risk taking and thinking outside the box.
Be a Risk Taker
A conversation with Tricia Stephens, who recommends getting out of your comfort zone.
Radical Steps To Control Your Time, Life, and Success
Bill Robb of Profit Improvers takes a contrary position on the importance of meetings and other facets of daily work life.
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.
Can We Reach Agreement? Managing Conflicts, Their Causes, and Consequences
Why conflicts often occur on the job, and how to overcome them.
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.
Women’s Role in the Oil and Gas Industry
Schlumberger field engineer Celeste A. Pastorini notes the challenges facing women in the oil and gas industry.
Hints and Tips on Presenting Technical Papers
Andrew Lambert offers hints and tips on presenting technical papers.
A Discussion With Weldon Mire, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Halliburton Co.
Weldon Mire shares his view of the industry and what companies such as Halliburton are doing to maintain healthy and competent workforces around the world. He also gives his recipe for success and sheds light on the many dimensions the industry has to offer young professionals.
Jeroen van der Veer, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
Van der Veer shares his experiences and gives advice to young professionals.
The Future of Ethics
Editor Thomas Bruni ponders how corporations and their workers handle ethical issues.
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.
Adding Value With a New Mentality
Editor Thomas Bruni discusses how young professionals can increase their value to their companies more quickly.
Mentoring Is a Two-Way Street
John Donachie comments on the important aspects of mentoring.
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.
Dare To Decide: The Trials and Tribulations of Decision Making
Understanding the rationale behind the decision-making process can help you identify the importance of the issue, issues behind the “real” issue, and what really needs to happen to get things done.
A Career Exploring the Frontiers of Drilling and Well Technology
Bob Worrall of Shell E&P looks back on a career spanning nearly 4 decades.
A Discussion With Hugh Mitchell, HR Director of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group
Success requires not only technical professionalism but also project management, commercial, and relationship management skills. The future requires a more rounded E&P professional but one who still stands on a solid platform of deep professional technical skill.
The Job Market in the Oil and Gas Business
Young professionals discuss how they feel about their current jobs and their prospects for career advancement.
Andrew Gould, Chairman and CEO of Schlumberger Ltd.
Andrew Gould discusses his career, future challenges facing the industry, and advice for young professionals.
More Than A Regular Job
Michael A. Minyard comments on his career experiences.
How To Write Technical Papers and Journal Articles
Ron Dusterhoft, Halliburton, and Jim Giddens, Valley Forge Technical Information Services, offer a primer on writing solid technical papers.
A Changing Role for the Petrophysicist?
Heriot- Watt U. professor Patrick Corbett assesses the evolving role of the petrophysicist and imagines what the future will hold.
You Cannot Avoid Communicating
The rudiments of speaking and listening in personal and group settings.