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Kimberley DuPuy

Kim Dupuy

BSc Chemistry,
Geology (1st class hons)

Exploration Geologist - New Projects
Total, Paris

After graduating I joined Woodside on their Graduate Program. For four years I rotated through various groups within the company to gain a better understanding of the different facets of petroleum geology.

Realising that the most direct path to an international career was to work for a major oil company, I moved to Total, who were just opening up in Perth. For two and a half years I was involved in all of Total's operated and non-operated exploration activities before being expatriated to Paris. I will remain here for three or four years before having the opportunity to live and work in other countries.

I study frontier and under-explored basins for new exploration opportunities in Central Asia. As the only geologist in a small team of three, the exposure to different geological settings and responsibility within the company are fantastic. One of the main advantages of working for a major oil company is their investment in training.

Skills I acquired at UWA and which I find invaluable in my job are the ability to critically analyse and synthesize various sources of information, and the ability to prioritise workloads.

What advice would you give someone who is considering taking up a degree in Science at UWA?

If you are uncertain of the career path you wish to follow, take a variety of units in first year to discover what you have a flair for.