Adnan Khan, managing director at the Carnrite Group, is today's featured Forty Under 40 honoree.
From an early age, Khan knew he wasn't wired for an 8-to-5 job sitting in a cubicle. Inspired by his father's work designing and building construction projects in the U.A.E., he decided to choose a career where he'd be able to be in the field changing lives.
"I wanted the excitement of operations and to be part of an industry that had such a meaningful impact on human progress and societal well-being—and thus I started my career as a drilling field engineer with Schlumberger [Ltd.] in Canada coming out of university in 2006," Khan said.
"My earliest oil and gas exposure was a summer internship with Schlumberger in Abu Dhabi in the maintenance department," he continued. "Watching the field engineers getting ready to go offshore was quite inspiring at the time."
As oil and gas can be an ever-changing and sometimes turbulent industry, Khan's best advice to those seeking an energy career is to accept and adapt to change.
"Additionally, ‘smooth seas don’t make good sailors,’" he continued. "Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo and force yourself to be uncomfortable—that’s the catalyst for all growth."
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