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Beyond The Rig – Youth GovTT Podcast Series

Action Change In Energy

Guest Blogger – Shane Wilson – Youth GovTT – Energy Arm

With the end of season 1 of the ‘Beyond the Rig’ podcast, it seems fitting to reflect on the past 13 episodes and share some of the key thoughts and principles from our featured energy industry thought leaders.

If you are new to the show, the podcast was created to allow youths/young professionals the opportunity to gain insights from the movers and shakers from within the local energy sector. These Conversations provided insight into how ‘leaders became leaders,’ while serving as informal mentoring dialogue.

While the discussions were held with leaders within the energy industry, their viewpoints transcend any one sector and find relevance within any personal and professional realm.

At first thought, one may have expected that having conversations with thirteen different individuals there may have been many contrasting thoughts/principles. However, this was further from reality. While examining their evolution process from young professional to industry leader many common threads weaved throughout season 1. I am happy to share some of these interconnected thoughts:



1) Growth starts when you leave your comfort zone.

Each guest emphasized this as an important characteristic for diversifying your experience and expanding your way of thinking to avoid pigeon-holding yourself.

“Just because you are an engineer, doesn’t mean you must only do and understand engineering aspects of the business alone” (Shaun Rampersad). Exposing yourself outside your core technical area helps to widen your understanding of the ‘Big Picture’.

Insight: It’s important to build other academic or professional scopes outside your main profession, it can be related to finance, business strategies, etc. Understanding different disciplines, even just a basic understanding, will allow you to become an all-rounded professional.

2) You may be living on an island but don’t act like one!

Continuous learning is necessary for growth. Whether it’s asking a question, building relationships, or asking for constructive feedback, all will play a constructive role in building your career. Learning with others provides an outlet to develop genuine care for people.

Insight: Opportunities for harnessing this skill could mean seeking to be involved in diverse project teams within your organization, working/volunteering on committees outside your organization, or taking a job where you can deliver 50% with another 50% remaining for growth.

3) Influencing change takes time.

“We tend to overestimate the amount of change to occur in a year and underestimate that will occur in the next 10 years,” Bill Gates. Challenging the status quo takes time especially when you need to influence people.

Insight: Persistence, self-belief in your cause, not taking things personally, building influence, and being data-driven are critical for convincing skeptics. Tips for building influence included writing articles, research papers, working with others, and using social media platforms such as LinkedIn to connect with people.

4) No one is self-made. Mentorship and having a support system are essential for career development.

Having a mentor is great for bouncing ideas off, keeping tabs on your progress, and getting guidance in all aspects of your life. Having loved ones to support you through life’s ups and downs are also essential for enjoying the whole journey.

Insight: You can have more than one mentor and they don’t have to be a CEO or a high- level executive. One approach for selecting a mentor is to align yourself with someone with similar values/goals, or even someone who accurately depicts your future self. Seek someone who will challenge you, is well networked, and has been challenged. A simple call or message asking to have a chat is a good starting point and it doesn’t always have to occur in an office. If your mentor takes afternoon walks you could ask to meet them there.

5) Self-Reflection is necessary for growth.

“We don’t just learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.” Richard Carlson described it as the most underused yet powerful tool for success. This exercise allows you to reflect on lessons learned and mistakes made, which can only help affect growth.

Insight: Understanding the destination of your journey is a must. Asking yourself if you are progressing is a must. Set goals, targets, and monitor progress over time. Time block a specific day of the week for reflection, this will help you see how to improve for the next cycle.


The five points outlined above are just five gems from the many amazing ideals expressed throughout the podcast that resonated strongly with me and that would do the same for you.

If you have not tuned in to season 1 of Beyond the Rig, I encourage you to tune in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, or via the link provided:

Until season 2 stay safe and let’s stay connected!
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*All opinions expressed are solely my current opinions and do not reflect the opinions of the Youth Government of Trinidad and Tobago or the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.

Guest Blogger – Shane Wilson – Youth GovTT – Energy Arm

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