Aishwarya Kishore, India
What brought you to Scotland?
My fiancé was working in Scotland’s oil and gas industry, in Aberdeen. He’s been based there since 2007.
I arrived here in April 2009 after graduating from a MSc. in Materials Science from Stockholm University. It was my first job in the oil and gas industry.
Tell us about your role at the Wood Group?
My official job title is Materials Engineer and I work as part of the materials and buildings group.
I’ve worked on projects for clients like BP, Talisman and with Chevron on the Alba refinery and on various installation projects.
I’m involved with the design aspect of a project, from the concept stage, where we analysis and rate materials, up until the product development stage.
How did you find out about the job at the Wood Group?
My husband, advised me on the best places to look and the companies to contact. He had previously worked for MCS, which is owned by the Wood Group, and that’s how I heard about them.
There are so many oil and gas employers in Aberdeen – large and small. Everyone knows about the BPs and the Chevron’s and the big, multi-nationals based here but there are also lots of smaller companies, doing great things that many people haven’t heard of where the jobs are exciting and the companies are expanding.
In other industries, the recession caused job losses but Scotland’s oil and gas sector wasn’t like that.
Did you do any work experience while you were studying?
Yes, while I was studying for my Bachelors I completed a six month placement at a Petro Chemical works – Kathari Petrochemicals during my bachelor in India and Fruanhofer IBMT, Germany, while doing my Masters in Sweden.
What do you like most about Aberdeen?
In Aberdeen you can be out of the city in ten minutes. I often visit friends in London - you need three trains to get anywhere there; there are too many people, on the metro you get bashed about. It’s not like that here.
There is no doubt that Aberdeen is a great place to be if you are an oil and gas engineer.
The people are very friendly and I’ve made lots of friends here. I play touch rugby for the Guerrillas Touch Rugby club of Aberdeen and I’ve been training with them since 2009.
People like to go out and enjoy themselves here. Even if it’s cold and raining outside, there are so many things to do other than work.