Adeshina Badejo graduated with 4.58 CGPA from the Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, University of Lagos. He shares his success story with TUNDE AJAJA
What have you been doing since you graduated?
Since I graduated in November 2019, I have made attempts to secure graduate internship in the oil and gas industry but it hasn’t worked out as planned, so I decided to prioritise personal development so as to be ready when the opportunities come. I started my journey in the world of Data Science by taking online courses and attending training. I also enrolled in soft skills training, while volunteering in the Annual Mathematics Conference and Exhibition. I’m currently a 2020 Batch ‘A’ stream 1 corps member.
What are the companies you have in mind?
I would like to work in a forward-looking company with a great work culture, where I would be constantly focusing on challenging energy issues and innovations, and utilising my full potential as a reservoir engineer. There are quite a number of companies I believe would give me this opportunity, including Schlumberger and Total. However, this is not an exhaustive list. I’m willing to work in other international oil companies/indigenous companies that would provide the opportunity for me to grow and be a world-class engineer. I love engineering being a profession that encourages innovation and is not boring.
What were the things that attracted you to engineering in the early days?
My love for further mathematics and desire to solve problems were some of the things that attracted me to engineering. Initially, all I knew was I wanted engineering but I didn’t know what aspect to go for. So, in my secondary school, I was given an assignment to write an essay on the topic: ‘Nigeria: The Giant of Africa.’ It was then I read about Nigeria having enough gas reserves to power the entire African continent and solve the epileptic power supply which characterised my childhood. So, I became interested in that aspect of our national life.
Beyond the general knowledge of petroleum and gas engineering, could you tell us what the course entails for the benefit of students who want to consider it?
Petroleum and gas engineering deals with the exploration, production and transportation of hydrocarbons – crude oil and natural gas – as well as the analysis, modelling and forecasting of future production performance of fields. It involves the use of knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics and geology to solve energy-related problems. Petroleum engineering is subdivided into three broad specialisations: reservoir, drilling and production engineering. It’s an interesting field.