University Of Derby – Mock Interview Visit
PESGB YP Committee members Catherine Caulfield (Hannon Westwood) and Shereen Nairne (ENGIE) made the annual trip to the University of Derby on the 28th of January to carry out Mock Interviews with the MSc Applied Petroleum Geoscience students. This marks the 5th year that the YPs have participated in the event organized by Dorothy Satterfield – course director; to equip soon to be graduates with the skills necessary to be successful in an interview. The YPs were able to draw on their knowledge of having recently interviewed for similar roles as well as their experience of working in the industry. The interview panel consisted of a member of the Derby Career Guidance Team, a YP volunteer and a fellow student. YPs got the opportunity to ask the tricky questions from their own interviews in addition to pre-prepared CV based questions and technical questions on a seismic section from the Danish North Sea. The MSc students valued the exercise and put much effort into their Cover Letters and CVs, tailoring them for mock roles as – Graduate Geophysicist at ENGIE and Technical Analyst at Hannon Westwood. The students were motivated by the mock interview feedback, which was evident in an end of day open discussion. For the YPs the programme has value; allowing outreach to extend beyond London and Aberdeen to support students where critical industry interaction may not be as prominent.
PESGB YP Quiz Review
February 18th saw the Aberdeen YPs host their third Quiz Night in as many years, with 45 or so attendees filling The Albyn’s basement bar in the West End of Aberdeen. The evening began with each of the attendees on their feet for an ice breaker True or False round. After just three questions, they were whittled down to six, with the final question leaving just one lucky winner standing!
Highlights of the night included the prolonged silence as 45 brains tried to figure out which London Underground station does not contain any letters of the word “mackerel” (it’s St. John’s Wood by the way); the barman upstaging everybody else with his knowledge of atmospheric circulation; and teams working together as they attempted to count how many Sainsbury’s could be found in Aberdeen.
This year’s winners were “Scraping the Barrel” by a very convincing margin of nine points (incidentally the same team won last year under a different name). The remaining teams finished very close, with just ten points between the joint second teams, “Di
stinctly Average” and “Kool Blueberriez”, and last place, The Cunning Team, who despite their lacking geological knowledge, did provide a very detailed drawing of one of the 30 groynes found along Aberdeen beach.
We had a great night hosting the event, and would like to thank everybody who came along and contributed to the night. We’re looking forward to next year’s quiz already!