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Upstream of Upstream: Preparing Professionals for the Petroleum Industry
In order to meet the challenge of sustainable supply of well-trained professionals now and in the future, it is imperative for all stake holders (academia, industry and government) to realize that an educational/professional continuum exists: the upstream part of E&P is the University. There are not enough students in the "pipeline" to meet, what many companies are realising, are the opportunities being provided by rapidly developing technologies in the fields of Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering. There is also a "productivity gap" of somewhere between 8 to 10 years, from the time a student takes up studies to the time he or she accumulates enough knowledge and experience to be a productive petroleum geoscientist or engineer. It is crucial that Universities provide well-trained and highly motivated Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. graduates to enter the oil industry. What's more, these students must not only just join the work force, but must be able to "hit the ground running", thus shortening the aforementioned gap.
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