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International Women’s Day – Eseosa Michelle Eguagie

Every year on the 8th of March, people all over the world celebrate the progress and achievements made by women. This year, Precise Consultants interviewed 7 women from the Oil and Energy industry who are all at different points in their careers. Although it is commonly perceived as male dominated industry, many women have accomplished rewarding careers in Oil and Energy.

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Meet Eseosa Michelle Eguagie, a self-motivated woman with a special interest in the optimization of engineering processes and application of chemical engineering principles to industrial production.

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The story of a rising star. 

The Energy industry is a great industry to start a career. When I was an undergraduate, I never envisaged being a part of this industry. Before my summer internship in an energy firm, I was more interested in the applications of Chemical Engineering to help solve problems in any kind of process or system and not particularly in the energy industry. During this internship, the fundamentals of the energy industry was introduced to me and this gave me an initial perspective of what I would deal with if I decided to focus my career on this path. I decided to follow this path, not just because the energy industry is one of the fastest growing in the world, but also because, it is fast paced and challenging. This period offered an opportunity to imbibe skills for exponential career growth as I was exposed to real life projects and worked with talented engineering professionals.

 

Over the years, I have come to understand that “Engineering” itself is a diverse field. Studying Engineering has exposed me to six major skills: modeling, problem solving, conceptualization, creative thinking, analytical thinking, and design, which can be used in every field and I have applied at every point in my career. My first major project was both interesting and exciting. It was a multi million dollar project and I was amongst a team of design engineers tasked with designing a pipeline from one offshore platform to another. During the project, I showcased these aforementioned skills and realized how important they were. The project was both challenging and demanding, but I constantly had to study to be able to put in my best at every point. One thing I learnt during the project was to enjoy every challenge and use it as part of a learning curve to make better my person and improve my career.

 

When I ask myself what my career aspirations are, so many things come to mind such as yearning to excel, to be successful and to be the best in my chosen field. However, I have learnt that true success does not just come from amassing wealth or being the best at what I do but, rather, it comes from pressing forward, achieving goals and being able to give back to the society in every way. This could be achieved by helping others achieve their goals through mentorship and supporting the society with the imbibed skills.

 

I recently received a book from my mentor called Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Reading this book, I have learnt two main success principles: the Matthew effect and the 10,000-hour rule. The Matthew effect was derived from Matthew 25:29, which states that “For everyone who has will be given more, and will have an abundance and to those that do not, even what they have would be taken away”. This pushes me towards using every opportunity that I am given to be skillful and exceptional. The 10,000-hour rule signifies the extra amount of hours I need to put into developing myself to being the best at what I do, the passion, hard work and resilience required to attain great heights. The biographies of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Bill Joy and the members of popularly known band called The Beatles show that these individuals all put in extra hours to gain mastery in their fields which promoted their road to success. They neither forgot the people nor the opportunities in their lives that contributed to their success.

 

In conclusion, my road to success is still ongoing. I am happy at what I have become, my achievements, the challenges I have faced, and with the people around me that have been an encouragement at every point in my career. Nonetheless, I am still pressing on and working hard towards achieving my true success.