Being told that working in oil was just for boys, only made a young Nayrim Buchan more determined: “I’m a farmer’s daughter from Venezuela – a rural place where girls don’t go in for higher education. But I was slightly different: always looking at the moon and the stars and asking ‘How do we get there?’.
Her ambitions led to her gaining a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering before she was 19.
Then came the challenge she took in her stride: “Towards the end of my master's I was sitting in a session about the oil industry, and I asked how I could get a career in oil. The man replied: ‘The boys, can come and apply’. So I applied too. I did all my tests and interviews, and I won an internship and then full-time employment.
After five years in a full time job, Nayrim returned to academia to complete a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering and, although she could have done a PhD, she surprised those around her by deciding to do an MBA instead.