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    Petroleum geoscience is is undergoing major changes.  The energy transition has resulted in many petroleum exploration and production companies refocusing on renewable energy and services companies diversifying into geothermal energy, mineral exploration, carbon capture and storage and environmental geosciences.  As a consequence, many petroleum geoscientists are either losing their jobs, or having to reskill to survive.

    The purpose of this course is to look at how petroleum geoscientists can realign their skills, as quickly and as efficiently as possible, which will benefit both the employers and the employees.

    The good news is that petroleum geoscientists already have skills in critical thinking, researching, learning, systems thinking, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, geological analysis, project planning and management, data management and analysis, technical report writing and presentation, to name but a few.  However, these skills are often not recognised for what they are, taken for granted and not promoted to prospective managers and employers.

    The main thing that is missing from the petroleum geoscientists portfolio moving into a new domain is domain-specific knowledge.  Learning therefore becomes the critical skill that we must hone and employ.  However, although geoscientists have demonstrated they can learn, they don't always recognise that as a skill that can be improved with practice.

    In this course we will start by taking stock of all the critical thinking skills that we already have, and look at ways in which they can be improved and promoted.  Then we will focus on strategies for developing and demonstrating domain-specific knowledge in new subjects in the most effective way.