Field Engineer

Location: UK
Degree: Petroleum Engineering
Start Date: 2016
"Be yourself but be flexible enough to adapt, explore and learn new things"

What do you do?
I am a Field Engineer. I mainly work with smart tools used in directional drilling. I work with a team, both on land and offshore, to prepare the tools before the drilling process and service them after. I also monitor and analyse and process data acquired from these tools. It is quite Interesting, physically and mentally demanding, requiring some level of commitment and drive, and an open mind for learning! It’s a job that takes you out of your comfort zone.

Why did you decide to join us?
A friend of mine was recruited to intern with Schlumberger in Ghana. After his experience, Schlumberger was all he talked about—their culture, the possibilities and opportunities for professional development, the travelling, and the diversity in the company. I just had to find out for myself what made it different.

What types of challenges do you face in your job?
Flexibility and adaptability are requirements for this job—qualities I thought I had mastered until I joined Schlumberger. There are some unpredictable situations, some impromptu traveling, long stays in unusual and unfamiliar locations, and uncertain working and weather conditions.

Think back to when you first started...what will you never forget?
The dedication of my manager to our growth and progression in the company. The job was important, but the people on the job were his priority. When we shine, he shines.

How do you manage your work life balance?
When I am on a job, I stay focused, and when I get time off, I make plans. I intentionally make friends with people outside the company, so my life and conversations don’t just revolve around one thing.

What advice would you give to a young woman considering a field role today?
Yes, there are challenges in the industry, and even more for woman, but don’t let that ever hold you back. Don’t worry much about proving yourself; just let your hard work do the talking. Be yourself but be flexible enough to adapt, explore and learn new things. Above all, try to enjoy the ride.

Describe the best view you have had from your office window.
Seeing the sun rise with all its shades of orange and yellow, just as I was finishing my shift.