Looking for the right mentor? Here are some tips……

It is just becoming a norm in recent times to say I have a mentor but not really getting in depth to look for the suitable one for you. Afterwards, people tend to lack that connection with their mentor.

You can also take the time to click on the link below to listen to the short video.

Here are a few words highlighted in capital letters and summarized description for one to bear in mind when searching for the right mentor. These words are key characteristics one should see in a mentor to enable that valuable part towards one’s business goals or career or whatever the reason that mentor was chosen for.

ACTIVE – One who participates in events, forums, sessions, trainings, and/or writes in your area of expertise. The individual needs to have that update on recent information.

RESPONSIVE – One who can reply your emails/messages in an efficient manner; help with majority or your inquiries; readily available often times to speak with you; reaching out to you to ask after your general well-being.

FEEDBACK – One who can provide constructive feedback to give you options on what is available to you; guidance on changes that you might require on your career path.

ASSESSMENT – One that can review your performance and skills to advice objectively what you lack and areas of improvement.

MOTIVATION – One who you can look up to in different aspects like being organized, articulate, hardworking, etc.


© Ngowari Diminas





Chronicles of Reservoir Modeling Workshop in Poland By Stephanie Nwoko, Reservoir Geologist/Modeling, GeoModeller, Petrel Expert

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Last month, I traveled to Poland to give a 3D reservoir modeling workshop, a hands-on-practical using Petrel software at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. For those not aware, I gave a similar workshop in March, 2017 at the University of New Orleans and University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

As always, I am ever so delighted to volunteer and mentor students and young professionals. I was especially impressed at the variety of students who registered for the workshop, hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. There were 19 students from 4 different universities: 2 PhD students from Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Science Warsaw; 4 MSc students from AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow; 1 MSc student from University of Warsaw and 12 students, including 3 BSc, 4 MSc, 5 PhD students from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.


The feedback from the students was amazing, they were very happy to see a visiting geoscientist from the industry and also from a different geographical region willing to share their knowledge. Most of the students have not been exposed to 3D reservoir modeling and a couple of the PhD students are building reservoir models for their PhD research programme, so this workshop came in handy.

A couple of excerpt from their feedback:

Thank you so much for this great workshop! I was impressed by the professionalism of your workshop and how you planned and conducted it!

–      Dr Wojciech Stawikowski (Assistant Professor Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)

Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the workshop. It was a unique and interesting experience for me. If you need anything from us or Poland, write to me and I will always be happy to help. I hope one day we will meet again.

–      Ph.D. Monika Szokaluk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)


I would like to encourage experienced professionals to visit universities and share their experience and knowledge with these students as they are hungry to hear from professionals in the industry. It puts into perspective what can be expected working in the oil and gas industry. It could also help change their minds regarding what type of industry to practice as a geoscientist, as currently, I see a reduction in petroleum geoscience courses and students in universities visited. We need to play our part to help retain and increase the geoscientist students.


Once again, I would like to thank AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and Schlumberger for making this a possibility. Finally, a special thanks to Dr Wojciech Stawikowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan for being a fantastic host!


Stephanie published this article as well on her LinkedIn page.

CAFEW group is proud of women like Stephanie who spend time making an impact in the industry.




Self-Motivation is Powerful

Are you looking at your goals every day and ask yourself why have I not achieved these?
Are you dreaming big every day and ask yourself will my dreams ever come true?
Are you working hard every day and ask yourself will my hard work ever pay off?
Are you helping others every day and ask yourself why people don’t appreciate you?
Are you saving for something you desire and ask yourself why that saving is still not enough?
Are you applying for jobs every day and ask yourself why you have not secured one yet?
Are you trying to start a business and ask yourself why you face so many obstacles to get it established?
There are so many scenarios that I can think to list out.
You need to have the spirit of self-motivation dwell inside of you.
Self-motivation is powerful and can suppress any adverse circumstance.
Ensure this grows every day because no one is responsible for helping you achieve your goals, dream big, work hard, help others, saving for something you desire, apply for jobs, start a business and others not disclosed here.
You should endeavor to continue taking your essential logical steps. You have to find ways to motivate yourself, be strong even when you face challenges, pray always and you will get your heart desire.




© Ngowari Diminas

***just my thoughts*** Motivational Social-Professional quotes by Ngowari Diminas

“Do not live in the self-entitlement island but rather invest consistent hard work on your desired career. It is not too late to get up, leave the past behind and keep it moving towards that sustainable career.”
“Nurture your mindset beautifully because the state of your mindset will either hinder or progress you.”
“The ability to notice the simple things people around you do is priceless. We should endeavor to celebrate them in any way we can. It is great to celebrate successful people, but it is greatest to celebrate the everyday person working behind the scenes to ensure others are successful.”
“Take some of your time to find a unique way to motivate someone struggling to move past their current situation. Help them break that barrier that seems too big but in actuality is little. Please remember it is not always with words but actions to follow through. Your positive dedication matters.”
“The little positive things we do are our greatest path to prosperity.”
“Let us make it an essential part of our jobs to motivate fellow female Engineers, upcoming student Engineers and younger ones still trying to make a decision on what career to choose. Giving one another the realistic understanding of the challenges and experience that lies ahead is important because it makes any career journey easy.”
“Be proud of your work, brave, confident and never underestimate the strength of your technical and management skills”.
“Genuine love & passion for your career gives you strength to overcome any challenge you face.”
“Professional Excellence requires a combination of knowledge, focus, commitment, hard work, plan, vision, soft skills, networking and real-time exploration of new ideas.”
“Openness and willingness to learn creates new ideas and opportunities”
“Quality & Integrity on any job will produce Safety, Security, Stability & Sustainability.”
“Being honest to differentiate clearly what task/job one is capable of doing to peers, colleagues and bosses at work plays a big role in one’s career growth. It creates room for an open mind to learn and increase skills.”

–  “Multitasking is a skill associated with experience in line with prioritizing. One just needs narrow down on the important tasks and ensure your pace is yours not bothering about pleasing anyone or setting unrealistic timelines. It is best not to achieve things under other people’s pressure that way you value your path to that achievement and easily self-document lessons learned while following tasks through to the end. I understand some tasks are on a long or short term, but we still need to find ways to carry out some in parallel without having an adverse impact on the other. Wisdom is required nowadays to identify and concentrate on our set priorities.”

***just my thoughts***

CAFEW Inspiration: As you go about daily….

As you go about daily…..

– Speak positively to your self.
– Keep your dreams alive.
– Put in an outstanding energy into working towards achieving your goals.
– Listen when others talk or advice or provide information.
– Filter what applies to your path to success.
– Focus on steps realistically.
– Avoid telling lies to your self because it leads to self-destruction.
– Read and research your development needs.
– Network with others for easy access to information readily available.
– Pray, Pray, Pray for God to keep giving you the divine wisdom you need.



© Ngowari Diminas

If you can’t …., don’t …..

If you can’t build, don’t destroy!
If you can’t motivate, don’t discourage!
If you can’t help, don’t worsen!
If you can’t achieve, don’t criticize!
If you can’t visualize, don’t ridicule!
If you can’t diversify, don’t disorganize!
If you can’t solve, don’t confuse!
If you can’t volunteer, don’t be selfish!
If you can’t learn, don’t lament!
If you can’t research, don’t falsify!
If you can’t communicate, don’t mislead!
If you can’t listen, don’t make noise!
If you can’t stay focused, don’t distract!

Most importantly don’t obstruct others from building, motivating, helping, achieving, visualizing, diversifying, solving, volunteering, learning, researching, communicating, listening and staying focused.

***just my thoughts***
© Ngowari Diminas


CAFEW Inspiration: Interview with Adeola D. Olubamiji, Ph.D.



How did your journey to study Engineering begin? What inspired you initially?

After obtaining a B.Sc. in Physics / Electronics, I discussed about Medical Physics and its potentials with one of my physicist friends. I further researched about Medical Physics on my own later and found out that it was one of the branches of Biomedical Engineering. As a result, I applied to Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland for a MSc. in Biomedical Engineering.

What does your family feel about your profession? 

I think they are happy for me.

Are you a member of the CAFEW facebook group? If so, for how long and active are you in the group?

I was added to CAFEW facebook group a few weeks ago. Regarding being active, I will say that I am in-between, as I do not know the yardstick used to measure how active people are in the group.

How has CAFEW contributed positively to your social and professional life? Please advice on areas of improvement. 

Networking is key and we all sure need one another. Therefore, the initiative is an excellent one. I like the conference postings and the inspiring stories regularly posted. I think we can do more than just been in the group. Since games are often posted, I will suggest a game centered around introducing ourselves: professions, locations, suggestions, and interests.

What were your challenges in securing a job? What tips do you have to encourage others in job search?

Challenges: I was tagged “over-qualified” for industry jobs because I have a Ph.D. In addition, lack of Canadian Experience and obtaining 2 of my 3 degrees from elsewhere were often pointed out as setbacks. Excuses such as recession hitting hard and academia being the only career path for Ph.D. holders were echoed loud.

Tips to weather the storm

–       Alongside the general job search, ensure to search for hidden or unadvertised jobs

–       Utilize employment agencies to boost your chance of securing that good job.

–       Do not hesitate to start small, as the 6 figures jobs might not be the first one you will secure.

–       Get your professional certification journey started, as its in fact an icing on the cake.

–       Attend those minority conferences to expand your network and secure a job with the top players (Fortune 500). PS: Society of Women Engineers will be hosting their annual conference in Austin Texas sometimes in October.

–       Lastly, apply! apply!! apply!!!

How best would you suggest young female engineers navigate their careers?

Never succumb to self-pity nor second-guess your competence. You must do your job as a human and strive to be the best at all times. The only time you are allowed to assume the female role is when you need a reminder of who you are as the ambassador and representative of all of us.

How did you deal with the technical knowledge disparity that happens amongst females in engineering roles?

There are two sides to every coin: I have seen females excel brilliantly and I have also seen females loose. I chose to be blind to the side of technical knowledge disparity and it doesn’t exist in my world.

What currently motivates you in your recent job?

Being the only black engineer and the only female engineer in my division at work is my biggest motivation.

What does work life balance mean to you?

I do my best to set goals and set my priorities.

What are your expectations on the evolution of Engineering in the near future?

Digitization of manufacturing (industry 4.0) is causing disruption in the manufacturing industry. Although additive manufacturing / 3D-printing has continued to revolutionize metal and polymeric manufacturing, I am looking forward to the realization of 4D printing with smart materials and all the innovation that will accompany it.

What do you wish you could have done better? What advice would you give your younger self and why?

Dear younger-self, trust your struggle, keep calm and enjoy the journey.

Provide a personal quote to motivate others.

Quote: Go Hard or Go home.



CAFEW is happy to celebrate, encourage, and motivate Female Engineers and other Females who enable success in Engineering.

“Talent is unique to each person so it is highly necessary to nurture it. Dream big, work hard consistently, develop skills continuously, volunteer, read & research always to increase your knowledge bank and most of all pray always.” – Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW founder