Young Professionals: Avoiding Complacency, Burnout, Isolation

Published
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The first few years after college can be a big shock. While it is exciting to work with a team, and the pace of drilling and new projects can be exhiliarating, after a year or so, you may start to feel that you’re starting to become a bit isolated. It’s not that you’re physically isolated — it’s more an issue of breadth of vision and knowledge, and the constant challenge to keep up to date with the “big picture.”

Another challenge is that fact that you may not have time to develop the skill level you need or knowledge of the formations / reservoirs, etc.

There are many ways to overcome the sense of isolation, and to remedy the knowledge and skills gap. Here are a few: e-symposia, short courses, online resources, shared knowledge networks / repositories (such as Search & Discovery), certificate programs, informal presentations, and applied science workshops (such as the AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshops).

The key to gaining a deep understanding is to combine application and relationships. Find people with whom you can discuss the topics, and, if possible, develop a mentor relationship. These can be informal as well as formal.

In the meantime, sign up for all kinds of courses and workshops — and continue to develop your networks / lifelines.

What Can I Do?

Add Item

Enter Notes:
 
* You must be logged in to name and customize your collection.
Recommend Recommend
Printable Version Printable Version Email to a friend Email to a friend

See Also: ACE Program Paper

ACE Program Paper Four Seasons Ballroom 4 A New Rock-Eval Methodology for Tight Oils A New Rock-Eval Methodology for Tight Oils Desktop /Portals/0/images/ace/2015/luncheon heros/ace2015-tp1-unconventional.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 14955

See Also: Workshop Program Paper

Workshop Program Paper Improving Water Saturation Estimates in Organic-Rich Shale Reservoirs Improving Water Saturation Estimates in Organic-Rich Shale Reservoirs Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/GTW-Success-with-Difficult-Unconventionals-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 55008

See Also: Explorer Article

Explorer Article Spurred by economic growth and geological similarities to recent discoveries in Africa, the Latin American country has become a sustainability leader and attracted the interest of many O&G leaders for its offshore project potential. Uruguay's Growth and Potential Uruguay's Growth and Potential Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/a-model-for-energy-transition-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 66714
Explorer Article The Emerging ‘Barnett Bonanza’ The Emerging ‘Barnett Bonanza’ Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/the-emergin-barnett-bonanza-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 66718
Explorer Article Artemis Missions Delayed by One Year Artemis Missions Delayed by One Year Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/artemis-missions-delayed-by-one-year-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 66765