We sat down with Amanda Jones a geologist to talk about her career.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I have always been most interested in science. There were times throughout my educational journey that I was more drawn to a particular field of science. My focus went from biology and medicine initially and then to the geosciences.
How did you get into the energy industry?
By getting hired upon graduating with a M.S. degree.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve been fortunate to have received a lot of good advice from many. I would have to say the one piece of advice that applies to many situations in life is, “It’s a marathon, not a race. Stay the course.”
What’s been your favorite memory working in energy?
Field trips that involve studying the formations that are drilled in the subsurface, in outcrop.
In one word, describe the energy industry.
What’s your favorite thing about the industry?
The overall nature. It’s fast-paced, offers professional growth and is never boring!
What’s your least favorite thing about the industry?
The pervasive male-dominated culture. While much progress has been made by increasing the number of women in energy there is still a good-old-boy culture that is difficult to penetrate.
Where do you see the industry in 10 years?
I think we will see GDP growth and improved energy efficiency technologies which could result in flattened demand. There will be a continued effort to rely less on fossil fuels but at the end of the day fossil fuels will prevail.
Why did you join Pink Petro?
Women in energy are outnumbered 4 to 1 by men. It is difficult to make and maintain connections with other women in energy and PP is a diverse community of like-minded scientific and energy professional women who face the same challenges that I do and are also striving to attract, retain and empower women in energy.
How do you see Pink Petro impacting the industry?
I see PP having a positive effect by helping to bring more attention to women in energy. Historically, women are less likely to bring attention to themselves and that can often mean that their accomplishments and hard work are overlooked.
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