Article published courtesy of karrierevejviser.dk
This portrait was originally published in the career guide karrierevejviser.dk, an annual publication that is being distributed to graduate students in universities in Denmark and southern Sweden. The portrait is republished on maersk.com courtesy of karrierevejviser.dk.
The author of the portrait, Daniel Bird, is employed by Move on Communications.
Earning the stripes
Camilla Westergaard wants to be a Captain like her father. She is one of more than three-thousand cadets learning the theory and practical skills for work on Maersk vessels.
When Julie applied to Maersk MITAS graduate program, she was looking for a career that would test her comfort zone.
“I wondered whether I was ready for the challenge at Maersk but this is one of the reasons I wanted the job. The times I’ve done something that felt scary were the times when I have evolved the most.”
With a great interest in geophysics and sedimentology, Julie knew that Maersk was the obvious fit for her. She had not anticipated spending the majority of her time working in petrophysics.
“There is a shortage of petrophysicists because there isn’t an education or even courses available for it in Denmark. In comparison to what I am used to there is a lot of physics involved but my background in geology really helps a lot.”
Julie explains that she is very happy to have moved into this area. The work is more detailed than geophysics and on a much smaller scale but that suits the way Julie likes to work.
“I’ve become more and more interested in petrophysics and I’ve decided to do all my rotations in that area. That is one of the really great things about the Maersk International Technology and Science program: that you can take it in different directions.”
The MITAS graduate program lasts two years and is made up of three rotations, one of which is completed abroad in either the UK, USA, Norway, Doha, Brazil or Kazakhstan.
The responsibilities of a Petrophysicist
Currently based in Scotland, Julie works in an exploration department planning new wells.
“A typical day is pretty hard to describe because my work is so varied. I have periods of time where I do fairly academic work, doing petrophysical evaluations of older wells. There are a lot of safety assessments that need to be done when planning a well and when we start drilling there are a lot of tests that need to be run.”
Julie is very happy she chose Maersk.
“I can’t imagine getting a position anywhere else that I would prefer. Maersk is a really nice place to work. I’m learning a lot and I have a lot of responsibility but with a safety net and support from my managers.”