Say hi to Johana! She’s a geologist in the New Ventures and Exploration team for Total E&P Nederland (TEPNL).


“I studied geology at The National University of Colombia in Bogota, and I obtained a Masters in Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In my current role as a geologist, I conduct regional geological studies in order to propose new acreages in the offshore Netherlands, where Total could start new exploration activities. Once we obtain a license to explore, we then assess in more detail which might be the best prospects for drilling.


Before I started this position, I worked as a reservoir geologist, also at TEPNL, where I created geological models of different producing fields, and calculated the Gas Initially in Place (GIIP). Then, together with the reservoir engineers, we proposed new wells that could maintain or increase the production in a field.


I need to talk to a lot of people in order to gather and synthesize technical and practical information in a very short time, so it’s important to have good communication skills and sharing the team spirit is important too.  My favorite part of the job is the technical discussions with colleagues because then I realize that there might be other possibilities I haven’t even thought about. It makes me more open to others’ opinions.


As a geologist in Total, I have followed the ‘Passport’ program, which comprises a lot of training courses. Most of the courses are given in the head office in Paris or the research center in Pau, but also there is more practical training that includes fieldtrips in the Pyrenees, Alps etc. Also, within Total, it’s normal to move every three to four years within the Group affiliates. I started in TEPNL two years ago, so in the future I will be moving to another affiliate.  I’m really excited about all the international opportunities and multicultural environment within Total.  In fact, this was one of the main reasons why I chose to work here!


I am a person who is motivated by travelling, meeting people from different cultures and learning more about geology. Total is a major international company with subsidiaries in many different places and really offers a wide range of professional opportunities. The variety of technical challenges, especially in geosciences, as well as the variety of its people makes Total a company you will never be bored working for!


My tip for young professionals is the following: do your best and dare to communicate your ideas, never assume they will not add value. You will be surprised!  I would even say I am quite lucky to get paid for what I enjoy most: being a geologist and travelling!”