Learning / Mentoring
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A New Approach to Skills Training
Thoughts on skills and training from 2013 SPE President, Egbert Imomoh
The Structured Classroom Approach
Interview with Jorrit van der Togt, vice president of learning and organization effectiveness at Shell, about training, mentoring, and leadership.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mentoring in Azerbaijan
How a program of lectures, structured mentoring, and symposiums has helped develop young professionals in Azerbaijan.
Mentoring Takes Many Beneficial Forms
Tjerk Joustra, Shell, reflects on his mentoring experiences and how they have helped him along his career path.
Mentoring—Outstanding Benefits for All, for Little Effort
Tips on how to mentor well and how to gain the most from your mentor.
“Oil” Jack—If GE Oil Existed
Editor Thomas Bruni discusses mentoring's place in the big picture.
Mentoring Is a Two-Way Street
John Donachie comments on the important aspects of mentoring.
Adding Value With a New Mentality
Editor Thomas Bruni discusses how young professionals can increase their value to their companies more quickly.
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