Bella Andersone from Banff Academy, Aberdeenshire, has completed a 4 week paid internship at Petrofac, working as part of the communications team. Whilst there, she sat down fellow interns Simona and Andrea from St Machar Academy to find out what they have been up to and what skills they have learned along the way.

‘Simona Siugzdinyte and Andrea Acorda are two of four school pupils currently working at Petrofac’s Bridge View office in Aberdeen as part of the Career Ready Programme; an initiative that prepares secondary pupils for the workplace by providing them with a paid, four-week work placement. 

The two St Machar Academy pupils made the decision to apply for the programme as they both wanted to gain office experience before leaving school. They are now working alongside our Logistics and HR Shared Services teams to gain insight into why effective people management is so important within the oil and gas industry.

Since starting at Petrofac, my IT skills have improved drastically as I have been taught how to use different software. I’ve also learnt a lot about the Logistics team’s role within the business.


Andrea and Simona are grateful for the Career Ready programme, which has enabled them to develop valuable skills during their time at Petrofac. Both are now considering a career in the oil and gas industry, as the experience has provided them with a better understanding of the variety of career opportunities available within the sector.

As part of the HR Shared Services team, I now recognise the amount of effort that goes into communicating with clients and colleagues both verbally and by email.


When asked what advice they’d give to fellow pupils interested in joining the industry, Andrea said:

“Try to get as much experience as you can by signing up to programmes like Career Ready, then make the most of your time during your work experience.  Not only does it give insight into working in an industry, but it also tests what you as an individual are capable of.”

Simona added: “Go in with a positive mindset, enjoy yourself and try to get the most out of the experience.”​