Larisa satisfies her adventurous spirit by facing challenges and finding her strengths, in the air and in the field.
If you’d told Larisa five years ago that she’d be working as a Field Engineer Trainee, she says she would have laughed. However, when you consider that she’s a Romanian skydiving enthusiast with a degree in Aerospace Engineering who joined the company as a Finance accountant—it seems less preposterous.
Obviously, Larisa has an adventurous spirit, and when Schlumberger called her to a Career Assessment Day during her first year, she was ready for anything.
When she looks back, Larisa says, “I hadn’t really lived before I started working for the largest energy service company in the world. If you want to see what adventure means, work in the field. Believe me, I am a skydiver, but it’s in the field that I’ve gotten to know my limits, not in the clouds.”
Challenges appear at every turn, says Larisa. “For every job I prepare, there are at least 10 different challenges, from communication barriers to understanding what’s going on downhole, to adapting to sleeping conditions on the platform. But I'm one of the hardest-working women I know, and this will always help me, I’m sure of it.”
Women in many industries can be disregarded, even in 2020, says Larisa. “But in Schlumberger, I feel appreciated. I work mostly with men and I have made a lot of friends. You get to fly around the world; you learn a lot every day, and you discover how strong you are. Always, tomorrow you will be stronger than today.”
Larisa says if she could go back to that Career Assessment Day, she wouldn’t change a thing. To prospective new employees, she says: “Always do what your heart tells you. The energy industry can be challenging, but it’s an industry where you learn nonstop. In 10 years, we will look back and say that we have succeeded because of Schlumberger, and Schlumberger has grown because of us!”