Describe life on the programme?
It certainly didn't disappoint! Within a month of starting the job I was assigned to a drill crew in Spain, where I stayed for another year and a half working my way up through the positions. This was quickly followed by assignments in Russia, Germany, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Myanmar and Angola. I definitely got the travel in that I wanted! Once I had completed the more technical aspects of the training, the roles I was put into ranged from Risk Focal Point (Germany), Rig Site Supervisor (Iraq) and Project Lead (Angola). During this time I was given every opportunity to explore as much of the company as I could, working across different business units but knowing that I was always working towards being an Assistant Rig Manager, which was my goal for the end of the programme.
What was the highlight of the programme?
I completed the programme in July 2014 and I would have to say the highlight was working in Myanmar. At the time there were no western companies established there, so it was very much still a developing country. Our office was on Lake Inya in the capital city Yangon and across the lake we could see Aung San Suu Khi's house. We were a small team made up of expats and Myanmarese and there was a lot of work to do as it was a difficult start-up, but we ended up establishing a good relationship with the client and got the platform drilling. I made friends in the team during my time out there who I am still in contact with now. It was a great experience and the fact that we were also able to explore the country on weekends which was a bonus too.