Petroleum Club’s Young Professionals blow out their first candle
Members working the room at PCWA YP’s Career Hack Sundowner
In just 12 short months the Petroleum Club’s Young Professionals group, created as a platform for young professionals to build their network and promote diversity and inclusion across the oil and gas industry, has grown to 74 members with 35% female representation.
“From a holistic perspective, the Young Professionals now account for 18% of the entire PCWA membership base. This is a great number, and the committee is looking forward to growing our membership base and reaching more young professionals within the industry,” said Chair of PCWA’s Young Professionals and graduate engineer at APA, Tayah Gallacher.
The YP committee was formed by seven young professionals who were focused on offering opportunities for leadership, professional development and innovation within the oil and gas industry.
Graduate engineer and chief drafter and document control at Oleology, Saasha Callaghan said she had been part of various networking groups but had experienced the most traction in business relationship opportunities with the Young Professionals group.
“In my opinion, anyone who is in the O&G industry as a supplier or operator should make this a priority engagement every month. It is much more than networking.It’s about career development, building professional relationships that could last a lifetime, sharing common experiences and drawing support from the wider Petroleum Club and its members,” Saasha said.
Over its first year, the group held three Career Hack Sundowners which provided a chance for its members to develop their skills by creating professional development presentations.
The group also launched the Young Professionals Excellence Award to recognise the work of its members, with Beau Mavric of TechnipFMC the recipient of the 2018 award.
Tayah said although the industry was evolving, it still had a way to go in nurturing its new talent.
“Most organisations understand and value the importance of engaging young talent pipelines into their organisations. However, diversity and inclusion are more than hitting a number or KPIs. New generations entering the workforce bring with them a new skillset- and a new way of thinking,” Tayah said.
“PCYP is helping by bringing together ambitious future leaders of our industry and providing them with a network, support and career guidance. We do this through various platforms engineered to support young professionals grow, develop and learn. All of this is helping to create the next generation of leaders for our industry.”
The group continues to work in parallel with the PCWA board to support both groups’ various events.
PCYP has an annual membership fee of $90. Included in the membership is exclusive YP ticket prices to PCWA events and entry to PCYP’s networking and professional development events. The group is open to anyone under the age of 35 with less than 10 years of industry experience.
The groups next Career Hack Sundowner is this Wednesday 27 March, from 5pm – 8pm at INPEX, Level 22, St Georges Terrace.