Working Remotely Takes Many Forms
Many of us are working remotely now, which generally means we are in our homes in makeshift cubicles or an office setup. Among the faces supporting the industry are another group of remote workers: the offshore and onshore personnel working in remote locations around the world.
The True Market Value of a Good Petroleum Engineer
When it comes to exploration and production, well-rounded petroleum engineers are the best candidates for finding out why something is happening, how it is happening, and what you can do to better your wells.
Shell Reskills Workers in Artificial Intelligence as Part of Energy Transition
Shell has partnered with Udacity to provide its staff training in artificial intelligence.
Data Skills Gap is Costing Organizations Billions in Lost Productivity, Report Finds
Firms globally are still struggling to build teams that can capitalize on the true value of data.
The New No-Collar Workforce: Way of Working Evolves With Technology in the Oil Patch
The world of work is changing rapidly. Do these workforce changes truly represent a death knell for oil and gas field careers, or could they be just what we need?
New Technology Will Drive Upstream Forward, But Not Without Young Talent
Panelists at the recently held IPTC Conference shared the view that the biggest obstacle for implementation of new wave of technology in the industry could be access to young and skilled workers.
Poets &Quants: Is an eMBA a Better Choice for a 28-Year-Old?
Though on the young side for an Executive MBA program, this young professional is seriously considering a part-time experience in an executive program where the average age of a new student is 35.
The Big Crew Change—Bang or Whimper?
Competing narratives make it difficult to evaluate the “big crew change.” Has the worst of it already passed, leaving the industry relatively unscathed?
Halliburton Presents Major Software Grant to King Abdulaziz University
Halliburton Landmark recently presented a software grant to King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, which provides students and faculty access to Landmark’s DecisionSpace enterprise software platform.
TWA Launches “TWA Energy Influencers 2020,” Nominations Accepted
To turn the spotlight on YPs' contributions to the industry, the TWA Editorial Committee is launching a new initiative: "TWA Energy Influencers 2020: Young Professionals Who ENERGIZE Our Industry.”
Women Offshore: Rosie the Driller
An assistant driller, Rosie has a wide range of responsibilities, from supervising the daily drilling activities, operating rig floor equipment, and performing downhole or well control calculations, to organizing the people and equipment needed for upcoming operations.
McKinsey: How Women Can Fill the Oil and Gas Industry’s Talent Gap
The article identifies three inflection points where female participation falls off in oil and gas companies.
From the Battlefield to the Oil Field: A Career Path for Military Veterans
Military veterans possess a number of valuable, transferrable skills that are needed in the energy sector, but the transition from the military to oil and gas is not always easy. We talked to a 20-year Air Force veteran about what he learned moving into a career as a reservoir engineer advisor.
What is Hydrocarbon Accounting?
When oil and gas streams leave the production platform, they include production from different wells. Hydrocarbon accounting establishes how much of those came from each well.
Discover a Career: Life as an Energy Trader
An energy trader and operator analyzes a lot of moving pieces. Engineers who understand the chemistry of each molecule, interaction between components, refinery systems and flows, and economics have an advantage. This knowledge allows them to take good calculated risk.
EBN: Why Halliburton Broadened Paid Family Leave
Halliburton’s broadened paid family leave program offers eight weeks of bonding leave, which can be taken within 12 months from the date of childbirth or finalized adoption.
SPE Hackathon: Students, YPs Devise Digital Solutions for Abandoned Field
Groups of students and young professionals generated digital solutions for an abandoned field in Norway using publicly available field data during a SPE hackathon event held in Bangalore, India.
A Guide to Visiting South Korea, and the Country’s Impact on the Offshore Oil Industry
With the busy and intense streets of Seoul and the calm and refreshing nature of its mountainous range, South Korea makes a unique destination that everyone should experience at least once.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HBR: Can You Be a Great Leader Without Technical Expertise?
A HBR article examines the importance of technical expertise in management roles.
The Doctor Will See You Now: A Metaphor for Production Engineers
If you are a production engineer in the oil and gas industry, this playful metaphor will help you explain your job in easy to understand terms to others outside the industry.
From a Production Technology Advisor: Young Professionals Should Keep a Technology Focus in Their Career Goals
In no other time in history has the rate of change in technology in the oil industry been greater than it is today. A production technology advisor, the author recommends young professionals to have technology as a focal point for making career decisions.
Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency: Paris Climate Agreement and Meeting With G7 Energy Ministers
In his video, TWA Editor Carter Clemens talks about the TWA Interview section and introduces the topics covered in Birol's interview.
From Student to Professional: The Benefits of Maintaining SPE Membership After Graduation
The journey toward a successful career starts as we recognize our professional interests and aspirations. Early involvement in professional societies is the first step in the right direction.
Preparing To Become a Manager
Getting promoted to manager represents a tremendous vote of confidence and also raises the stakes for the professional involved. What are some skills you can acquire and knowledge you can gain before the sink-or-swim situation?
Discover a Career: Cleaning Engineering—A Critical Role in Precommissioning
Have you ever wondered about the opportunities that exist in the precommissioning industry? A good amount of ingenuity is required to engineer a precommissioning cleaning solution.
SPE Certification: An Essential Milestone for Petroleum Professionals
SPE Certification provides an endorsement of an engineer’s technical skills and capabilities by a global organization that extends to anywhere you may travel or work—a highly desirable benefit given the global nature of oil and gas operations.
SPE President Encourages More Women To Enter Engineering
Janeen Judah is working to increase the visibility of women across SPE.
The Middlemen: Career Options in the Midstream Sector
There are numerous career paths available within the midstream sector due to the very diverse nature of the systems involved. There are avenues for virtually all engineering disciplines and the opportunity for cross-training and advancement is tremendous.
Drone Piloting and Applying Drone Technology to the Oil Patch
Drones can access remote locations easily and can be used in the upstream and midstream industries for inspections, which can lead to reduced maintenance work.
Getting Out of the Oil and Gas Industry? Think You Are Too Specialized To Diversify? Think Again.
Even if your experience was in a specialized position, there are several transferable skills that oil and gas industry jobs provide.
Out of This World Technology: From Petroleum Engineer to Chief Technology Officer
TWA interviews John Saiz, Principal Industrial Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Former Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Saiz discusses areas where aerospace and oil and gas industries can collaborate, and shares his journey from petroleum engineer to CTO.
Apply Online—Building Your Digital Presence
While there are still some job opportunities advertised in newspapers, most advertised opportunities have moved online. With a little learning, ambition, and time, it is possible to transform yourself into a tech-savvy job seeker.
The Marvels of Engineering: Marshall Brain, Founder of HowStuffWorks.com
Marshall Brain, founder of the website HowStuffWorks.com shares his thoughts on the importance of engineering to the society and discusses historical and modern engineering milestones. He also shares his advice to YPs on getting their entrepreneurial ideas from paper to practice.
Technical and Nontechnical Skills Key to Career in Megaprojects
Yoga Wicaksono from Pertamina, Indonesia’s national oil company, shares his insights and lessons learned on megaprojects. Wicaksono has assisted in the completion of various megaprojects in the Asia-Pacific region from an upstream mergers and acquisitions perspective.
Keeping the Bridges Intact While Blazing Your Trail
Kim McHugh, general manager of drilling and completions for Chevron Services Company, and Jake Howard, operations supervisor for Chevron in the Midland Delaware Basin, answer questions on the types of career transitions in the industry and how to handle them successfully.
Three Strategies To Make Your Next Career Move the Best Ever
Planning and making your next career move a success may be as simple as assessing your personality, journaling about the options, and identifying roles and tasks that have inspired you in the past.
Leadership 360: Going From Employee to Employer
Cheryl Collarini, chairman of Collarini Energy Staffing, on her industry background, experience, and journey to the energy staffing sector.
Planning Your Career Path: Is There a Magic Formula to Career Success in Oil and Gas?
Often, young professionals assume that jumping from company to company is the most rewarding and lucrative path. This is not usually the case. Change may progress you, but too much change can be detrimental.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
SPE President Nathan Meehan provides guidance to young professionals and students on how to handle the downturn.
The Engineering Gold Rush in Investment Banking
Investment banks are increasingly acquiring in-house technical talent. Jeff Brown of the recruitment firm Ludwig, Wessel & Associates gives tips for young professionals contemplating a move from an industry job to the investment banking sector.
Technical Background Valuable in Upstream Finance Jobs
What skills can a professional with a technical background bring to an M&A role? Is there a particular education or career path to take to work in the M&A sector?
Building a Career in Reserves Estimation
Larry Mizzau, principal of reserves and resources governance at Cenovous Energy, explains what a career in reserves estimation entails
Déjà vu for Petroleum Engineers: A Cautionary Tale
Oil price volatility can be scary for those entering college and choosing to major in petroleum engineering. But the industry will need these graduates.
Career Road Map: Insight From Industry Professionals
Experts and industry professionals chart the road map for career growth.
Crafting the Career of Your Dreams
Just entering the oil and gas job market? Heriot-Watt University’s Eric Mackay tells you how to carve out a career and create a niche for yourself.
Recent Graduates in the US, Canada, and the UK
Young professionals guide recent graduates to the career opportunities available in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Next Challenge: Pumping Up the Future
Imran Butt of Baker Hughes talks about why young professionals should be pumped up about a future in the oil and gas industry.
A Decade of Career Choices and Defining Moments
Vivek Sharma, well engineering services manager, Halliburton Consulting Asia Pacific region, gives insight into his career and the industry's future.
Discover a Career in Social Media
What is it like to be an oil and gas social media professional? According to Olivia Harting and Erika Conner, social media leaders at Chevron, it's fast-paced, complex, challenging, global, and requires constant learning.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Regional Job Dynamics in the Energy Industry
The nature of job opportunities vary regionally, with dynamics driven by the need for technology, geopolitics, or market growth.
Preparing Engineers to Be Job Makers, Not Job Takers
Entrepreneurship can open the door to job creation within the industry. Two professors from Rice explain their efforts to train engineers in entrepreneurship as part of their curriculum.
Future Job Security in Oil and Gas: Industry Leaders’ Perspectives
From their perspective as industry leaders, Cindy Reece and David Ching discuss future job security in the oil and gas industry.
Job Satisfaction and Security in the Oil and Gas Industry: Through the Eyes of Professionals
Results of TWA survey on job satisfaction and job security in oil and gas.
Potential Source of Technical and Leadership Skills: Former Members of the US Military
Interview with John Zornick on hiring former members of the US military.
Discover a Career as a Young Entrepreneur in Oilfield Services
CEO Brandon Hayes talks about what he's learned as a young leader helping revitalize Drillchem Drilling Solutions, an oilfield services company.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Continental Savvy: Energy Entrepreneurship Worldwide
This article takes you to three continents -- North America, Asia, and Africa -- each with a story that shows how rooted in geography and how varied energy entrepreneurship can be.
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26 May 2020