With the right amount of determination and curiosity, Terry Freckelton believes it is more than possible to progress in the career that you love.
Currently the Vice President of Development for Shell Australia and New Zealand, Terry’s passion for the oil and gas industry was sparked through his interest in geology as a young child: “I always had a fancy for geology – collecting rocks and minerals and then putting them into my little rucksack.”
Like most young adults, Terry found it difficult after high school to find his feet and choose a career. “I took two years off after high school,” he recalls, “I guess you’d call it a walkabout.”
However, once he rediscovered his enthusiasm for the oil and gas industry, he has never been happier: “I had an epiphany. I could continue on this unknown path or I could go and do something I want to do. That’s when I realized my deep interests in geology and mining, so I went to university and did it!”
After completing a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering, and nine years as a young Reservoir Engineer, Terry’s colourful career in the oil and gas industry began.