The Great Crew Change is an often-discussed topic within the oil and gas industry. Underlying the overall topic is a theme of the industry’s long-term viability and potential loss of institutional wisdom. Misinformation and misunderstanding of our industry make employee recruitment, retention, and development even more challenging. Within this context, finding new ways to encourage and cultivate meaningful connections with individuals who express interest in and passion for the industry becomes paramount for everyone involved.
IADC’s Student Chapter program was started in 2017 when the need for a formal vehicle for engaging with the next generation of young professionals was identified. At that time, students were also expressing a desire for opportunities to engage with the drilling industry while still in university or vocational school. These opportunities provide a small view into the real-world application of their academic studies.
IADC has no doubt that these students are gaining a first-class pure academic education, but we also wanted to give them access to practical experience and exposure to our industry. We felt it was critically important to give them the opportunity to interact with IADC’s members to gain some insight. The students are yearning to better understand the inner workings of the industry and to begin to build their professional network. Philip Emden, President of IADC LSU Student Chapter, explains,