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PETEX: Explore Your Career Area


EXPLORE YOUR CAREER is an event aimed at anyone from graduates to experienced E&P professionals, the employed and the currently unemployed, those wishing to set up a business and those running a business. It is intended to be a feedstock of ideas and resources for individuals and companies to make the most of the current economic conditions.

The EXPLORE YOUR CAREER zone will address:

  • The job market status, challenges and opportunities
  • The retention of talent
  • Imbalances in diversity in the talent pipeline exacerbated during a downturn
  • The practicalities of securing a job
  • Starting your own business
  • Continuous training and internships
  • The practicalities of personal branding (including the opportunity to have a professional “profile” picture taken)

The EXPLORE YOUR CAREER zone will be hosted by Working Smart (with MD Deirdre O’Donnell) and Zinc Consultants (with MD Chris Flavell). Appointments will be available for one-to-one consultation with expertise on establishing a business or crafting a CV.

In addition, there will be KEYNOTE TALKS, including:

  • Maria Irvin (VP HR Talent & Development, Shell): Gender Balance at Shell – Myths, Dilemmas and Opportunities
  • Henry Edmundson (R9 Energy Consultants, ex-Schlumberger Petrotechnical Director)

… and others to be announced


Please register for the main conference event, if you are not one of the hundred who have already registered. Head over to our website and secure your place at PETEX 2016! Concession rates for unemployed people are available at a very convenient £40 for Members and £60 for Non-Members. To book a concession ticket, please email directly.

Within this Career Zone, Zinc and Working Smart will be hosting Career Clinics over the 3 days  and appointments will be available for:

  • CV and Cover Letters Consultation
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Overview of the Current Market
  • Social media advice
  • Becoming a Consultant
  • Setting up in Business
  • Continuous Training
  • Transferable Skills

To book a “PETEX 2016 Career Clinic” appointment click here (you will first need to be registered to attend PETEX).

In addition, we will be showcasing free or discounted training and events, and also promoting internships. If interested, please contact Deirdre O’Donnell at to discuss further.


The EXPLORE YOUR CAREER event is being sponsored and supported by: Bell Geospace, Impact Oil & Gas, Tullow, Seismic Image Processing, AustinBridgeporth, DrillingInfo, Geologix, Katalyst Data Management and Rockhopper.

The show could not take place without their generous support and we highly appreciate their effort, especially in the current climate.

We still have sponsorship opportunities available, so if you would like to give us a hand and associate your name with the largest subsurface E&P exhibition and conferences in the UK, get in touch and we will be very happy to discuss your options.

For more information about registration, exhibiting, sponsorship, the technical programme or anything else, visit our website,, email us at, or call us on 020 7408 2000.

We hope to see you at PETEX!