LinkedIn—Your Toolkit for Success
LinkedIn is not just for job hunting. If the person is using this platform in a right way, he/she can benefit from the many advantages listed in the article.
Video Lectures: A Review of MATLAB and MATLAB Programming
A review of MATLAB and MATLAB programming by UT Austin Professor Matthew Balhoff.
WFH During Corona: What Works and What Doesn’t When WFH While Also Caring for Little Kids
Tips for young parents on how to make WFH work with young kids at home.
WFH During Corona: Six Quick Tips for Running a Great Virtual Meeting
Here are some tips for conducting a great virtual meeting.
Mindfulness—A Helpful Tool for an Introvert
Mindfulness is a tool that helps you realize that you have always held choices of your life quietly and it is just a matter to exercise those choices in alignment with your life goals to get going.
Losing the Job: An Inflection Point in My Work/Life Balance
The author delves into how he was fired from a job that he had let consume him—and how that blessing in disguise helped him realize that we aren’t defined by our careers, but instead, that they are simply part of who we are.
How My Journey to Becoming SPE Technical Director Started With SPE Connect
SPE Connect discussions are a lot of fun, well worth the time one invests, and who knows where it may lead you.
Why Procrastination Is About Managing Emotions, Not Time
Procrastination used to be thought of as a time management problem. Increasingly, psychologists are now looking at it as an emotion regulation issue.
How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor
Eight steps to find a mentor and establish a relationship.
HBR: What It Takes to Give a Great Presentation
These tips are for business professionals who are already comfortable with giving presentations—and may even be admired for their skills—but who, nonetheless, want to excel.
Reverse Mentoring: A Powerful Tool for Engagement and Empowerment in the Workplace
Workplaces are changing to embrace greater collaboration and interaction. The article speaks to the importance of mentoring and its new and improved version—reciprocal or reverse mentoring.
How To Prepare for 5 Important Career Moments, According to Experts at Kellogg School of Management
No one wants to be left struggling for an answer in front of a client or a boss, or stuck stammering in a job interview or networking event. Here's useful advice on how to be prepared for several common career situations
Critical Skills for a Successful Career (Part II)
This article is based on a panel session during the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in which industry leaders provided their insights on what skills make a difference in one’s career.
Soft Skill Development as an Independent Contractor
Technical skills will be those by which people judge you when reading your CV, but soft skills open new doors and, what is most important, form your reputation.
SPE Launches Podcast With George King's Talk on Casing Failures
SPE launched a podcast series where industry leaders and subject matter experts will talk on technical topics and career-development themes.
Building a Dynamic Career: An Interview With Clay Neff, President of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production
The Way Ahead spoke with Clay Neff on a number of topics, including his personal experiences, the E&P business environment, as well as his advice to young professionals.
The Future of Oil and Gas Needs New Perspectives on Technology
Former BP CEO John Browne's new book creates links between the engineering principles that brought society where it is today with the principles needed to solve society’s most pressing problems—from climate change to privacy and data security.
HBR: Finding Balance as a Dual-Career Couple
Dual-career couples face a unique set of challenges and trade-offs. When both you and your partner have busy, demanding careers, how can you reap the benefits of being a dual-career couple and show up as your best self, at work and at home?
Calculating Frictional Pressure Loss in a Pipeline
A step-by-step procedure to calculate frictional pressure losses in a pipeline for single-phase incompressible flow using a hand calculation, and coding it in Excel VBA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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?
“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.
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.
Video Story: My 24-Million-Dollar Mistake
The author narrates an incident from his work experience to explain the importance of communication in technical work.
How to Adapt to a Cyclical Industry: SPE President Spady Answers Young Professionals’ Questions
In an interview with TWA editors, 2018 SPE President Darcy Spady shares tips on how to progress in career during periods of technology changes and ways young members can adapt to the cyclical nature of the industry.
Lifehacker: Questions to Ask Yourself at Every Point in Your Career
If you’re ready for a bit of self-reflection, then check out these questions from that can help shape your career plans.
TED: 9 Common-Sense Rules for Getting the Most Out of Meetings
Do you find that the meetings you organize sometimes drifts into a “topic slip” midway? Here are 9 steps to get the most out of your meetings.
Transformational Changes During M&As: An Interview With Uwem Ukpong, Chief Integration Officer, BHGE
The success or failure of a M&A deal hinges on how well the two involved companies can integrate. What are the main drivers for a successful integration?
What Does It Take to Have a Career in Process Safety?
Experience working in operating plants at the start of the career can be important to building a successful career in process safety.
Building Decision Competence: Life is the Sum of All Your Choices
The only way we can impact our lives, our families’ lives, the organizations we work for, our countries, or our world is through our decisions.
Oxy CEO Vicki Hollub on Her Career and Company, and Advice to Young Professionals
In an interview with TWA, Hollub shares her leadership experience and company strategy.
Chevron CEO John Watson: How Learning Shapes Your Career
Chevron CEO John Watson says that to advance in business today, you need to build a strong foundation in the classroom and also embrace the idea of continuous learning.
The Value of Estimating—Advice for New Engineers
Value is not realized by producing precise numerical answers to a problem. Value is added by providing sound opinions and judgments about which action should be taken.
My Experience as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Reservoir Engineering
SPE Distingushed Lecturer Dean Rietz shares his experience delivering his lecture on reservoir engineer at SPE sections around the world.
Energy Education: It Starts With You
There is a lot of misinformation in the public about the oil and gas industry. As professionals of the industry, it is our duty to understand the gaps, educate ourselves, and then help spread accurate information.
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.
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.
HBR: How to Return Home After an Assignment Abroad
A Harvard Business Review article explores the challenges of settling back into your own culture after returning from an assignment.
Soft is Hard To Get: An MBA’s Musings
Can hard engineering skills alone help one address the career challenges faced?
Laying the New Talent Pipeline for the Changing E&P Industry
As E&P companies develop their talent management strategies and lay out the new talent pipeline, they need to be cognizant of the major changes in the industry landscape.
TWA Crowdsourcing: A YP’s Guide to Surfing the Disruptive Wave
A quick look at the term "Fourth Industrial Revolution" and links to related articles.
Highlighting Soft Skills in the Job Application Process: Can It Be Done?
If you choose to highlight your soft skills in your cover letter, make sure to study your audience well and avoid the buzzwords.
Entrepreneur: Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners
This article from Entrepreneur shares reasons why diversity should matter to event planners.
Sidetrack Is Not Always an Expensive Choice: Job Hunting Strategies for Young Professionals
While sidetracking your career path is not an easy journey, the skills and knowledge gained in petroleum engineering education can be applied in other industries during the downturn.
#OperationLateralMobility—Members-in-Transition Success Stories for Recent Graduates
The SPE Gulf Coast Section Members-in-Transition initiative highlights success stories of recent graduates finding jobs in a low price environment. Members share their experience and advice to fellow young professionals.
Job Search: Takeaways From 2017 OTC Networking Events
Author shares the main takeaways from the 2017 OTC networking events in a Q&A format.
The 80/20 Rule for Job Search
Article discusses ways you can make your job search more effective.
How To Assess and Overcome Pipeline Integrity Challenges
What is pipeline integrity management and what are the crucial components of a well-rounded integrity management system?
Importance of Employee Engagement During the Downturn: A Discussion
How does culture and engagement correlate with business performance? Are companies making these measurements?
From Engineer to Entrepreneur: Some Do’s and Don’ts
The author shares the lessons he learned during his transitioning from being an engineer to becoming an entrepreneur.
The Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference: What I Learned and Why You Should Attend
TWA's Managing Editor Amber Sturrock shares her takeaways from the 2016 Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference and encourages young professionals to attend this year's edition.
Building a Midstream Company: An Interview With Ryan D. Lewellyn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tall Oak Midstream
To discuss the opportunities and challenges in the oil and gas midstream industry, the TWA HR Discussion editors interviewed Ryan Lewellyn about his experiences managing a private-equity-backed company and his outlook on the sector.
How To Survive Downturns: Advice From 30 Years of Firsthand Experience
2018 SPE President Darcy Spady shares his experience and advice for young professionals on how to survive the downturn.
Becoming a Technology Fellow, Starting With the Undergraduate Project
Satya Gupta, a technology fellow at Baker Hughes, shares the milestones of his career in the industry.
Making Megaprojects Successful in the 21st Century
Woodside Energy’s Ian Milne shares the sense of pride that professionals feel being part of oil and gas megaprojects, explaining how the combination of the available opportunities and a desire to work on technical challenges led him to the industry.
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26 May 2020