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Build your Skills & Expertise!  
During much of my career at BP I was involved with the career progression of individual geoscientists and engineers, even commercial folk, from graduate entry to management.

One thing I truly believe is that strong career growth, access to development opportunities and training are intimately linked; access to mentors in the early years and coaches at key points is also key. Even though all parties see there are now no “Jobs for Life”, the same principles apply, I believe.

Thus in considering the training ‘building blocks’ for a successful career in E&P, I began by setting them in the Context of the career development of Exploration Managers, Reservoir Managers and Petroleum Engineering Managers, as shown here:

Developing Skills
Level* Role
C Exploration or Reservoir or Petroleum Engineering Manager
D Project or Team Leader
E Individual Contributor

*Levels A and B are available for Executive and Senior Management
This Context then provides the framework for Skills Development by Training:

Level Exploration Reservoir Petroleum Engineering
C Negotiating
Decision Making(1)
Regional Politics & Security
Petroleum Economics
Decision Making(2)
Production Economics
Surface & Well Operations
Decision Making(2)
Production Economics
Surface & Well Operations
D Integrated Petroleum Geoscience
Regional or thematic knowledge (Deep Water; Africa; SE Asia; Unconventionals; Arctic etc)
Analytics & Machine Learning
Integrated Reservoir Geoscience
Integrated Reservoir Dynamics
Field-type knowledge (Deep Water Clastics; Carbonates; Fractured Reservoirs etc)
Analytics & Machine Learning
Integrated Petroleum Engineering
Integrated Reservoir Dynamics
Field-type knowledge (Deep Water Clastics; Carbonates, Fractured Reservoirs etc)  Digital Oil Field
E Petroleum Systems
Seismic Interpretation
 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Non-seismic geophysics
Reserves & Risk Estimation
Field Courses (Deep Water reservoirs; Structural Geology)
Data Management
Reservoir Modelling
Reservoir Surveillance
Resources & Reserves Estimation
3D & 4D Seismic
Reservoir Dynamics
Log Interpretation
Reservoir Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Data Management
Reservoir Modelling
Resources & Reserves Estimation
Reservoir Dynamics
Cased Hole & Production Log Interpretation
Drilling & Completions (including Pore/Fracture Pressures; Pressure Testing; Well-bore Stability; Optimisation using Analytics & Machine Learning))
Data Management
(1)    Opportunity and Prospect Ranking
(2)    Ranking In-field Opportunities

A couple of additional thoughts:

Mentors – folk who can help when a particular sort of problem is being tackled for the first time – are critical to the development of Skills & Expertise.

In parallel, of course, Expertise develops as different Jobs are undertaken and so moving at the right time to a new basin, play, discovery, development project, reservoir or field is a critical part of career development.

David Bamford

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