Testing Services Instructor, ELC

Location: France
Degree: Civil Engineering
Institute: University Technology of Petronas (UTP)
Start Date: 2008
"My favourite thing about the company is their policy of promotion from within which means we have a world of opportunities open to us, with no boundaries as to where we can progress."

Career Profile: Anniza

From the Beginning

“While I was at University in Malaysia, I helped organise lots of careers fairs, many of which were sponsored by Schlumberger. Schlumberger always had the biggest and most impressive booth at the fairs, bringing with them new technology and people who had graduated from our university and then gone on to have fascinating and inspiring careers in the company. As part of my five-year degree I had to do an 8 month internship in industry, so as a result of all my work at careers fairs I chose an internship at Schlumberger. This led to a permanent job in the company at the end of my degree, and I ended up doing my Fixed Step training up to General Field Engineer level in Qatar. As part of this, I spent some time training at ELC, which is where I now work as a trainer!”

Challenges in the Field

“Working in Qatar was very exciting as it was an opportunity to live and work in a new country immediately after graduating. The work was very challenging, and proved a very steep learning curve for me, as we would have up to fourteen different jobs running at the same time, and could work up to sixty days offshore at a time! This was of course balanced by long breaks at the end of each assignment, where I could go travelling, or return home to see my family.”

“After three years, I was offered a role as an acting Engineer in Charge, where I assisted my manager in the office and replaced him while he was on vacation. However, considering that I had completed only three years in the field at this time, I didn’t feel that I’d yet had enough field exposure, so I soon accepted a transfer to Brazil. Working in Brazil was completely different to Qatar. I had been used to working mostly with gas wells, but now I was working in the deepwater environment, with heavy oil, using different tools and techniques, along with the additional challenge that I couldn’t speak any Portuguese! However, there is a very supportive environment in the field, and a constant need to work together as a team, so everybody helps each other out. By the end of my time there I had progressed a long way, and managed to write a whole report in Portuguese (proof-read by colleagues of course)!”

Training the Trainees

“In 2013, I had spent five years in the field, so I decided to move into a different function. I took on my current role as an instructor at the European Learning Center, our dedicated training facility. I have always loved working with people, so I knew this role would suit me. I’m quite young for a trainer, and this means the trainees can relate well to me. I want to be a role model to show how they could progress in the future. It’s a very rewarding job, as you get to meet so many different characters and see the trainees progress and become much more confident in their work. I especially like working with new hires, as they have a lot of energy, and it is great to see them grow from students into young professionals. We are trying to encourage them to proactively build upon their own knowledge, challenge themselves (and challenge us!) rather than us spoonfeeding them knowledge. We aren’t trained teachers but act more like facilitators, helping to prepare trainees to succeed in the field.”

Thinking Big

“The main piece of advice I would give to students considering a career in the company, or to new hires, is to always think about the bigger picture of your career. I have always had a 3, 5 and 10 year plan of where I would like to be in the future. Sometimes field life can be tough, but every day paves the path to doing bigger things in the future, whether you choose to stay in the field or to go into management or other office-based roles. You should always have a vision and a clear goal.”

“Personally, I would like to progress back into operations, and then perhaps later move into HR. I’d like to work in Africa, and also perhaps return to Latin America, and then in the long term return to Malaysia to be closer to my family.”

Borderless Careers

“My favourite thing about the company is their policy of promotion from within. Nearly all the managers that I worked for have been where I have been, have done the same jobs I have done. This means we have a world of opportunities open to us, with no boundaries as to where we can progress.”