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Mature Preneurs Talk with Diana Todd-Banks

Nov 22, 2018

As a female wellsite geologist working within the male-dominated offshore oil and gas, coal seam gas and minerals industries, life is always interesting. But Amanda Barlow does much more than that. Starting out as a recreational marathon runner she now has run 47 marathons in 16 different countries and is a member of The Seven Continents Marathon Club. In the Jungle Marathon, in Brazil she wrote about that experience “Call of the Jungle – How a Camping-Hating City-Slicker Mum Survived an Ultra Endurance race through the Amazon Jungle.” She’s tackled extreme events in exciting parts of the world, like the Great Wall of China, the Inca Trail and Antarctica. 

“An Inconvenient Life: My Unconventional Career as a Wellsite Geologist” is Amanda’s second book which documents her career as a Geologist and how she ended up working as a wellsite geologist on offshore oil and gas rigs. "Offshore Oil and Gas PEOPLE" Amanda's third book, is an overview of what it’s like to work on an offshore oilrig, and the role everyone plays. This handy guide serves as a pre-deployment induction manual for all new starters in the industry so they know what to expect when they get to a rig for the first time or for people wanting to get into the industry. It’s also an informative guide for family and friends of offshore workers.

What are Amanda’s thoughts and advice for others? Writing a book will help you become a perceived authority in your field, but it’s not a wealth creator and you can’t go into a project hoping to achieve that, but to achieve a lot as Amanda has done requires discipline, fitness and staying focused. Do that in any endeavour then you can do it!