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PESGB Young Professionals 2019 Review | Mentoring | University of Derby

Mon 09 March 2020

Category: Community



Our longstanding and successful mentoring scheme continued through 2019. This year there were some changes to our mentoring scheme where we match experienced industry professionals to those with less than ten years’ experience. We are still implementing great care when matching individuals to ensure that the mentor/mentee pairs are a good fit for each other using their discipline, career aspirations/achievements and location. However, this year we have set up a new way of registering interest with a new online form making it easier for YPs and experienced professionals to show their interest in being a part of the network.

This year we have also strongly encouraged both potential mentors and mentees to meet each other at evening lectures as we are aware that this can be daunting for new people coming into the industry. Through these and a few other tweaks to the language in our advertising we have continued to match people through the year. We have also had previous mentees offering themselves to be mentors to early career professionals indicating how successful and rewarding the scheme is! The PESGB YPs are looking forward to continuing to grow the mentoring scheme in the coming years.

University of Derby


The PESGB YPs annual visit to the University of Derby occurred for the 8th year in February organized by course director Dorothy Satterfield. Due to the number of students this year, Martin Whiteley also helped to conduct mock interviews with the students while members of the university staff, Dorothy and Ian, acted as HR representation. It was a rewarding experience giving the students on the MSc in Applied Petroleum Geosciences Program an opportunity to practice their interview skills as well as receive feedback on their cover letters and CVs. There was also an opportunity for feedback on the interviews as well as a Q&A session for the student to ask our YP rep Carla Riccio or Martin questions about working in the oil industry and how it is changing. We hope this relationship between the University of Derby and the PESGB YP continues, as it is an extremely worthwhile and useful experience to both the PESGB YP professionals and the students.

Carla Riccio (YP Committee Member for London) conducting mock interviews with a seismic line


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