Antony is an oil and gas graduate of GSM London who received a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Oil and Gas Management a year ago. He has used his degree to secure a job in the energy sector and now works alongside the Chief Operating Officer at Global Data. Today he tells us how his course, and lecturers, at GSM London have helped him achieve his goals.
“Studying with GSM London changed the direction of my life. I was a semi-professional footballer with not much to look forward to, and would probably have returned home to Zimbabwe or South Africa. Instead, having successfully received my 1st class BSc (Hons) in Oil and Gas Management, I am pursuing a career in the energy sector and have clear goals for my future.
“Taking my degree helped me to mature both professionally and on a personal level. On a professional level, I explored and discovered my key strengths and capabilities. I’m currently working within the upstream sector, thanks to the inspiring influence of lecturer Dr. Martinez-King, and all my course tutors were vital to my growth. Coming from both industry and academic backgrounds, they shared their experiences with students, providing robust, expert points of view.
“On a more personal level, until I came to study in London I had always lived in a small town, close to my family and familiar faces, and concentrating only on my footballing ambition. Suddenly, I had to learn to support myself and balance my time between college and work; and I had the opportunity to study with a wide array of people – students from many countries, and of all different ages – which taught me a lot. Again, my course leaders were very supportive and I could talk to them at any time if I had problems, even outside of my academic study.
“I’m thrilled to now be in a very competitive industry, working for Global Data, a rapidly expanding, international energy research and consultancy company. My course experiences have given me the skills to support the Chief Operating Officer of my organisation after only a year of working. My main goals are to gain solid experience working for an oil and gas operator and then later transition to the government sector. I hope to nurture my commercial and strategic acumen over a long period of time, in order to assist African states to realise economic growth ambitions through their natural resources.”