Yes we can!

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When I’m biking to and from work I get some free time for reflection… the other day my thoughts centered around what it is that makes me enjoy going to work everyday.

The straightforward answer is the activities and the people I work with, but more specifically I wondered, what is it about the activities and the people that I enjoy?

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Aberdream

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After my previous blog entry in March, I’m back onshore and crossed the (little) pond to start my second MITAS rotation at Maersk Oil in Aberdeen.

Now that I have settled down over here, it is clear to me that people are extremely friendly and helpful.

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The first field trip

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Maersk Oil sponsors a new generation of potential geoscientists

In late 2013 Maersk Oil initiated a three year sponsorship with the State Museum of Natural History with the aim of stimulating a larger interest in geoscience among high school students in Denmark.

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MITAS unmasked

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As one of the 130 or so Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling employees currently undertaking the MITAS (Maersk International Technology and Science for anyone who has ever wondered) programme I am often asked questions such as ”What do you actually do when you go on your ‘MITAS holidays’?” or more frustratingly “The ‘S’ stands for student, right?” So, I thought I would use my first blog post to demystify the MITAS programme.

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'Making plans for Nigel'

Growing up in a small town in northern England, the most exotic experience to be found was eating a bag of chips with sweet and sour sauce from the local Chinese take-away.

Most of my schoolmates got jobs in local firms, or joined the Thatcher-era unemployment queue.

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Graduate Job Application Tips

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Competition is intense for graduate positions in any company. Often there are hundreds, if not thousands of applications for each position. You need to stand out from the crowd!

This is no different at Maersk Oil. The next round of positions for MITAS - Maersk Oil’s two year international graduate entry programme

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Healthy Tension

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I normally never go to airport bookshops, however, on my way back from a fine in-house geomodelling workshop in the Spring of 2013 I found myself drifting into the Aberdeen airport version of something someone – on a good day - may call a bookshop. Here I found a peculiar little book on cognitive biases entitled something as catchy as “The art of thinking clearly”.

With my brain filled with good discussions around uncertainty quantification, anchoring too early, fit-for-purpose modeling and so forth, this was what I needed – bring it on!

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Ten months in Aktau, Kazakhstan

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After the last article “An Englishman in Aktau”, telling the story of myself and my family’s arrival in Aktau, Kazakhstan, the communications group asked for a no holds barred follow up so here it is.

It’s been 10 months after the move to Aktau, Kazakhstan, and a colleague asked if “the honeymoon period is over?” The answer I gave was that we’ve moved into the “acclimatisation” phase.

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Quest for Oil game set to spark students interest in science

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Following on from the success of the ‘Quest for Oil’ game last year, Maersk is excited to be releasing teaching material on oil exploration and oil production. These materials are for Danish secondary schools, technical colleges and higher preparatory examination courses. The materials are available free of charge.

More than 340,000 players have already tried the oil exploration game via www.QuestforOil.com. The game provides an insight into the global oil industry and the various elements of oil exploration, drilling and production through the oil fields in the North Sea and Qatar.

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