How to Retrain into Digital Oil, Gas Professions



How to Retrain into Digital Oil, Gas Professions
Industry experts offer tips for workers looking to retrain into digital oil, gas professions.

Be open to change. That’s one of the tips Amy Chronis, managing partner at Deloitte Houston, has put forward for any experienced oil and gas workers out there looking to retrain into digital oil and gas professions.

“As the sector shifts toward Industry 4.0, it’s important that industry veterans are nimble and open to learning new ways of working,” Chronis told Rigzone.

“AI [artificial intelligence] and robotics will become even more prevalent, so experienced workers would benefit from being open minded about redesigned organizational structures, roles and tasks,” Chronis added.

Other tips the Deloitte representative provided were to “prioritize training” and “capitalize on reverse mentorships.”

“As the oil and gas industry increasingly uses newer technologies like AI and automation, it’s crucial that oil and gas professionals take advantage of training opportunities, which may come from inside or outside their employer,” Chronis said.

“They should identify the skills they believe will be required to succeed in a highly automated workplace and adopt a ‘lifelong learner’ approach to develop and refine these skills over time,” Chronis added.

Reverse mentorships (i.e., when younger workers mentor more experienced employees) are good opportunities for veteran workers to learn from digital natives. Reverse mentorships can create a stronger bond in working environments and provide new ways to learn and think about emerging technologies,” the Deloitte representative continued.

Chronis said that if an employer did not have an existing reverse mentorship program, “veteran employees can seek out informal mentorship opportunities with younger colleagues.”

One of the tips Odd Arne Sjåtil, partner and managing director at the Boston, Massachusetts, headquartered Boston Consulting Group (BCG), gave for experienced oil and gas professionals looking to retrain into digital oil and gas jobs was to “embrace a new way of working.”

“Seek opportunities to work in integrated, agile teams and get used to a different way of working with shorter sprints and fail fast mentality,” Sjåtil told Rigzone.

Investing in understanding new technologies was another tip put forward by the BCG representative.

“Educate yourself on the data and IT architectures … Become a premise provider for IT,” Sjåtil said.

“Familiarize with the new tools and applications available and learn about the data science models and what they can be used for,” he added.

Stephanie Rogers, managing director of talent and organization for Accenture’s oil and gas practice, advised experienced oil and gas professionals looking to retrain into digital oil and gas professions to “embrace continuous learning.”


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