Navigating the Rapidly Evolving Workscape: Perspectives from An Early Career Geoscientist
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Jason Jweda, M.S. ’07, ’04
Navigating the Rapidly Evolving Workscape: Perspectives from An
Early Career Geoscientist
There is no doubt that the events of the last few years have
been challenging for employees across the full demographic spectrum.
Covid-19, the emergence of remote work, and accompanying dramatic
macro-economic changes along with a renewed focus on DEI (diversity,
equity, and inclusion) and workplace culture have led to profound
shifts in how work is conducted. While progressive change is expected,
the rate at which these changes have occurred has been unprecedented.
Geoscience, especially within the energy industry, is one function
that has been undergoing significant changes since even before the
pandemic. To stay relevant and continue to add business value,
geoscientists have had to level up their game by quickly adopting
digital transformation, embracing a continuous learning mentality,
upskilling in multi-disciplinary areas, understanding a wide variety
of engineering concepts, developing strong soft skills in effective
communication, integration, and project management. Navigating these
uncharted waters has been both exciting and challenging. This talk
will attempt to provide a succinct set of experiences that illustrate
one possible charted course through the rapidly evolving work landscape.
About Jason Jweda, M.S. ’07, ’04
Jason is a staff geochemist working in an upstream energy company
in Houston, TX. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in
Geology at Wayne State University, focusing on applications of
short-lived radionuclide geochemistry. He earned his doctorate degree
from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Columbia
University in New York studying solid earth geochemistry in the Andean
subduction zone. As a petroleum geoscientist, Jason has worked on a
variety of projects across North America using time-lapse
geochemistry, oil fingerprinting and correlation, production
allocation, produced water geochemistry, hydrocarbon gas and isotopic
characterization, fluid property prediction, source rock analysis
(type, quality, maturity), chemo-stratigraphy, and basin modeling to
increase recoverable resources and lower cost of supply.