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Case Study: Ailsa Messer

Personal details
Degree:Geoscience BSc Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Geosciences
Year of Graduation:Jun-2006
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: BG Group
Job title: Lead Geologist - Global New Ventures
Occupational Sector: Geology
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I decided not to go to a Petroleum Geoscience Masters which is the usual route into the oil and gas industry, instead I joined a Sequence Stratigraphy and Petroleum Geology Consultancy called Neftex and worked my way up over 7 years from a Geoscience Technical Assistant to a specialist (Technical Lead - Unconventionals) and managerial role (Team Lead - Americas; a team of 8 people). My specialism into unconventionals allowed me to pursue a non-traditional route into an Operator (BG Group) through their Global Unconventional New Ventures Team.
What does your job involve ?
Looking for new or under-developed areas where there may be a material opportunity for BG Group to explore, appraise and develop oil and gas reserves by synthesising public domain data, proprietary data and the experience of others in my company.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Coming up with an interpretation of data that you are happy with (with support from the rest of your team) and presenting it to management.
Why were you successful?
I took every opportunity to present the work I was doing enthusiastically to as many people as possible in different formats - client meetings, international conferences, workshops and forums.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
The structural geology and geodynamics/Gaia concepts and the Petroleum Geology module.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Enjoy learning and don't feel like there is only one route into the oil and gas industry.