All About Total Education in Mexico
Mexico is the world’s ninth-largest oil producing country, and Total Mexico’s Elf brand has been marketed here since 1982.
Guadalajara is where the majority of Total Mexico’s 6,000 staff members work at two blending plants with an output capacity of 30,000 metric tons. Renewable energy is an important part of our business here, and one of our major solar panel manufacturing plants is located in Mexicali, in the northern part of the country.
One way that Total engages with the next generation of energy talent in Mexico is via the ‘Escuela Total.’ This training program is designed by Total Mexico for selected recent graduates from our partner universities. Students learn about our business objectives and internal culture, through a mix of training materials, e-learning and small classes run by the different areas of the company. Diana Carmona Torres was selected for the program and explains more about her experience.
“I have a bachelor´s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which is where I heard about the Escuela Total initiative. During the 3 months of training I developed my commercial skills through different work experiences within the supply chain. Most importantly, we really got to understand what it’s like to work at one of the most important energy companies in the world.
At the beginning I thought that Total was only a petroleum company, but I was wrong, Total is more than that. Nowadays, the Group is investing in new renewable energies such as solar power.”
What’s her advice for anyone considering the same program? “You only have one chance to demonstrate who you are. You have to do your best, work hard and never say ‘I can’t’ because you are so close to being part of a great energy company. Total really takes you by the hand and gives you tools to help grow yourself.”
Since graduating from the program, Diana was hired by Total and now provides technical support in the lubricants department, and has plans to build her career within the company.