The story of how one land-based employee benefited from a challenging offshore learning experience.
Moving abroad to a different culture is typically a big change. Moving from Qatar to an oil rig in the North Sea is perhaps doubly so. Just ask Mohammed Sufyan, a Well Intervention Supervisor, who has been working in the Dan, Gorm, Dan Bravo, Tyra, and Halfdan fields.
“The opportunity to move to another country and culture where I did not know anyone or the language was truly exciting to me,” Mohammed says. “I was a little nervous when I first arrived. I quickly learned that nearly everyone I met in Esbjerg was very friendly and curious about me and where I had come from.”
“I’ll continue doing my best before I get off and bring back what I’ve learnt to benefit my own country.”
GOING FURTHER THAN I THOUGHT POSSIBLE
Working on an offshore oil rig is a tough job, but Mohammed finds it exciting and enjoyable – despite the fact that he works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 28 days at a time. “After a few weeks at sea, I learn that I can push myself further than I ever thought possible.”
Mohammed says the demands of the different engineering experts on board helped him mentally prepare for the complex workload. He finds that his work is teaching him how to break down and critically analyse problems quickly.
GROWING PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY
The support of his colleagues has made a real difference to his experiences.
“That’s something I really value and appreciate about the culture in Maersk Oil,” says Mohammed. “The skills and experiences I have gained with Maersk Oil at the Danish installations won’t only aid in my transition into a new position at the National Oil Company, but also help me grow both professionally and personally.’’
Mohammed notes that the culture and values Maersk Oil instils help to create a positive working environment, where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. He will continue what he calls his “unique and unforgettable” offshore assignment into 2017.
“I’ll continue doing my best before I get off and bring back what I’ve learnt to benefit my own country,” he concludes.