Oil and gas poll set to give the next generation a voice

Published:  20 August, 2015

During Offshore Europe, a panel of leading international industry experts will discuss the preconceived perceptions that students and graduates have of a career in oil and gas, and how they differ from the experiences of those operating in the sector.

Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section’s Young Professional Committee, the panel will take place during the final day of Offshore Europe, Friday 11 September, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and aims to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in the oil and gas sector, whilst also motivating young professionals to consider new opportunities within the industry.

SPE president and director general of Statoil Mexico, Helge Hove Haldorsen, will lead the panel discussion. Joining him will be David White, president of water and carbon services at Schlumberger, Rod Christie, CEO of subsea systems and drilling at GE Oil & Gas, Shona Cormack, vice-principal and pro-vice chancellor of Robert Gordon University, and Bob Greenwood, partner and head of oil and gas practice at Odgers Berndtson.

Shankar Bhukya, SPE Aberdeen Chairman, said: “The ever-changing nature of the oil and gas industry has been particularly palpable of late and it is important, more now than ever, that leading professionals come together to share with today’s students and graduates their experiences of the industry and the vast opportunities available.

“With continuous technological advancement and fields including enhanced oil recovery and decommissioning growing in importance each day, particularly in the UKCS, talented individuals are in high demand and there are still excellent career prospects out there for them. At SPE Aberdeen, we continue to look at new ways to engage and enthuse the next generation and this event represents a fantastic platform upon which to demonstrate the potential a career in oil and gas can offer.

“The pre-event online poll, as well as the question and answer section of the panel discussion offers delegates the chance to voice their opinions and have their concerns addressed by leading professionals who have already made their mark on the industry. Together, we can convey the message that the oil and gas industry is still thriving and should not be disregarded by the new generation. ”

SPE Aberdeen has developed an online poll to gather the opinions of students, graduates and young professionals. The results will be presented during the seminar and will form part of the discussion. If you would like to complete the poll please visit - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W99XVSB

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