Career Profile: Paulina
Can you briefly describe your career to date?
“I joined Schlumberger in January 2007 as a trainee field engineer in Reynosa, a city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico. I stayed there for 4 months as an assistant wellsite supervisor. As part of my training development program (TDP) I went to Maturin, Venezuela, to learn all about the rig and how it works. It was very hands-on training—I was part of the rig crew and had to learn what each role involved.
After that, I spent time in Villahermosa working on the Mesozoic and Alliance projects as an assistant wellsite supervisor, and later on, as a well engineer. Following my Grade II Control training I spent 2 years as part of the MCA Recruiting team. From 2012 to 2014, I was the integrated service project manager of a geothermal project. Then in 2015, I became shadow project manager for the Alliance project, and, in September, I had the opportunity to become project manager of the Panuco project, which is where I am now.”
What attracted you to Schlumberger, and why did you decide to join us?
“I was attracted to Schlumberger partly because I wasn’t required to have any previous experience and I would receive all the technical training I needed to do my job. But more than that, Schlumberger offered me the opportunity to develop my career within one company. I also knew that I wanted a job that was hands-on and outdoors. At Schlumberger, I have made all of this a reality.”
What do you enjoy most about working for Schlumberger?
“I enjoy the diversity and the meritocracy—every day I am working with different people from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds. And it’s my performance that counts. Knowing that it’s up to me to prove myself is especially motivating.”
What is the training like at Schlumberger?
“Training is very hands on—there’s nothing quite like it. There is a lot to learn and you have to work hard. It’s tough, it’s full on and exhausting. But every day you are learning something new and becoming a more useful member of the team.”
What opportunities are there for you to progress in your career?
“There are unlimited opportunities and you will get all the support and mentoring you need to develop, but ultimately it depends on you and your performance—how much you want it and how hard you’re prepared to work.”
What types of challenges do you face in your job?
“One of my major challenges was working with a client that was unsure about working with women. However, after a fairly short time, they could see that I was just as capable and worked just as hard—if not harder—than anyone else on the project and they changed their mind. It felt such an achievement to be accepted.”
Think back to when you first started…what will you never forget?
“My first training course was in Rio de Janeiro. I had never been there before and I had the most amazing time meeting new people from around the world. It was a great experience for me. I hope to travel more in the future.”