High school students map their careers at Encana

High school students Jessica (left) and Sarah (right) spent 75 hours at Encana over the summer learning about career paths in the oil and gas industry.

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Some kids go to camp for the summer. But for two Calgary high school students, summer was an opportunity to experience potential oil and gas careers at Encana.

In the summer of 2014, Encana hosted two high school students as part of the Calgary Catholic School District’s Career Discovery program. The program is designed to help students become aware of opportunities after high school by providing industry placements over eight full days of work during July and August.

Encana hosted two students, Sarah and Jessica, at THE BOW in Calgary. Sarah, who is entering Grade 11 and Jessica who is entering Grade 12 .

Encana’s Community Involvement team and New Grad Society welcomed the students, pairing them with New Grads from Encana to expand their knowledge of careers in the oil and gas industry. Sarah and Jessica spent their days working with different engineering teams, attended a number of Lunch & Learns on topics including sustainability, water use and distracted driving and met with representatives of the Encana Women’s Network

“The day we spent with Geology and Land was one of my favorites,” said Jessica. “Geologists taught us about maps, rocks and how to determine their thickness and porosity”.

“It was definitely a fun day,” added Sarah. “They showed us lands Encana has access to throughout Alberta, and the guidelines for picking the land they drill on.”

Sarah applied to be placed in the oil and gas industry on the suggestion that she would learn about many potential career paths.

“I realized the many different opportunities in the oil and gas industry and the wide range of things that can be done with an engineering degree,” said Sarah. “I learned that someone’s career can be just as much of a learning process as university.”

“I was expecting to just meet a lot of engineers but I was able to meet people who work in Human Resources, Communications, Engineering, Law and Geology,” said Jessica.

Encana supports education and the development of a sustainable energy industry workforce through investments in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational programs, trades training and careers in the oil and natural gas industry.

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