Meet Kamia Espirito Santo Craveiro from Luanda, Angola. Kamia has a Master’s Degree in Geological and Mining Engineering and currently works in the offshore Angolan oilfields.
As an Assistant Drilling and Completion Supervisor, Kamia assists the Drilling and Completion Supervisor with drilling operations by monitoring drilling parameters and the hole cleaning, while tracking performance key indicators (PKIs). Her other tasks include overseeing drilling equipment coming to and from the rig.
We were fortunate to connect with Kamia through one of our guest bloggers, Craig Gary, who worked with Kamia in Angola. Kamia has worked offshore for nearly two years and we wanted to learn more about her career. Below she answers our questions:
Kamia, what inspired you to work on the water?
“I was inspired to work offshore due to an internship I had completed, while I was still at the university. I was amazed with the work environment and I found it very dynamic and with plenty of technology involved. I prefer to work in an informal and practical job setting, which is why I think I gravitated towards it so quickly.”
What motivates you to continue working on the water if it’s a long-term career for you?
“Now my targets are to improve my knowledge on the drilling techniques (not only offshore) and grow in my career so I can have a wider view of the industry; eventually reaching a senior position.”
What challenges have you faced in your career?
“The main challenge I still face today is keeping up with rhythm of the activities and the work demands. For a woman, it can have its ups and downs as we can still face many preconceived ideas. From a woman’s behavior, knowledge and outdated socioeconomic notions of limits that we must overcome.”
What do you think can be done in your industry to encourage more women to pursue similar careers?
“There are many measures that could be put in place to change the idea that this industry is exclusive to men. Namely, the companies working in the industry need to improve conditions so that a woman can face equal opportunities that allow her to be part of/start a family, without jeopardizing the career growth. The companies could reinforce educational campaigns that speak openly about female emancipation. Thereby progressing a culture with a sense of normalcy in seeing women holding positions historically held by men. Moreover, it is important to have means to speak out and show future generations that it is possible for a woman to be successful in this industry. A great example is this website!”
Thank you, Kamia, for sharing a bit of your world with us! It was a pleasure to connect with you and we look forward to hearing more about your career in energy!