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YP Focus - Aberdeen

Another Smoking Success! SPE YP Aberdeen BBQ - 26 September 2013

Great enthusiasm and a sold-out event marked the launch of the 2013-14 session for SPE YPs in Aberdeen.

Around 60 young professionals from Aberdeen and Dundee joined senior Section members for a highly-successful social evening and lots of great food, at Revolution Bar, Belmont Street.

The event was led by Ross Taylor, of SPE YP Aberdeen. Ritika Pawar, YP BBQ hostess, says: “Thanks to our Sponsor, Vallourec, for the wonderful event. It was a delightful opportunity to spend time with new and familiar faces and to meet all the vivacious SPE members.”

YP Committee Chair Nikhil Shindgikar explains: “We have planned a very busy schedule of events for this year and, judging by the enthusiasm demonstrated at the BBQ, I am positive we will be successful in executing these events and adding value to our YP community.”

Charlie Aitken

Sold-out soft skills event ‘demystifies’ petroleum engineering

SPE YP Aberdeen’s ‘Simplified Series’ ‘Stand Up, Speak Up! Advance Your Career, Enhance Your Industry!’ was the engaging subject of SPE YP Aberdeen’s first soft skills event, on 2 October.

More than 100 YPs gathered at a special session, at the University of Aberdeen, to be inspired by speakers from Thor Holt Ltd - a global business presentation consultancy to the oil and gas industry.

Thor Holt

Consultant Charlie Aitken presented a new perspective with the idea that working in the industry is a noble profession: just as those in the medical profession save lives, those in the oil and gas industry ensure the survival of humankind.

Thor Holt, a sought-after business presentation coach and Entrepreneur in Residence at prestigious technical university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), shared valuable advice on career progression, revealing strategies for how to stand out among your peers and seek out the wisdom of senior leaders, as well as introducing the key concept of “asking the energetic entrepreneur’s question” in every career or business situation.

The event, which included a small workshop, was organised by George Grangeon, YP Aberdeen’s ‘Simplified Series’ leader, and Nazli Lochrie and Nikhil Shindgikar, SPE Aberdeen YP Co-chairs.

If you would like to volunteer/get involved in forthcoming SPE Aberdeen YP events, please contact Nikhil at:

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‘Team Salford’ experiences Offshore Europe 2013

In September, a group from the University of Salford SPE Student Chapter visited Offshore Europe 2013, in Aberdeen, having successfully won, along with the University of Coventry, the SPE London ‘Chapter Ticket’ to participate in the inaugural SPE YP Europe Petro League competition.

During the exciting event, which saw them competing against their peers from several other universities, ‘Team Salford’ successfully passed through all the competition rounds to reach the final, where they conceded to a team from the University of Aberdeen and took second place.

Following the competition, the group of 10 Salford students attended various technical sessions at the conference, and also visited a number of industry stands, where they had the opportunity to network with other SPE members and discuss their career progression with HR representatives from a variety of oil and gas companies.

L-r: Salford Student Chapter members Muhammed Salihu (President), Bruce Ofori, Chinedu Ukaeru (Secretary), Joshua Ayinbora (VP), with SPE YP Europe Petro League organisers Nikhil Shindgikar (YP Aberdeen Co-chair) and Wonuola Scott (YP Aberdeen team member)



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