A Day in the Life with…Malini Nanavaty

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Name: Malini Nanavaty

Role: Technical Training Manager – FPS, OFE, Baker Hughes

Duration in current role: 6 months

Current work location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

How would you describe your job to a 10-year-old?

As a Technical Training Manager, I get to meet and work with lots of different people. My job Is to make sure they have the right tools and understanding to do their job properly. I do this by ensuring that they get the right training and support. I help people in developing themselves in their career and support the business to work towards new Ideas (innovation).

What part of your job do you find most interesting?

As mentioned, I meet lots of people In this job and the most interesting and satisfying part of my job Is helping them to get where they want to be In their career and by doing so I help my company to get ready for future. In this role, I get regular opportunities to work with various personality and cultures, which Is amazing!

What part of your job do you least enjoy?

So far, I haven’t come across anything that I don’t enjoy in my current job.

What inspired you to choose your career?

A mentor.

I moved into my current position only 6 month ago and before that I was working as Product Development Manager. I took the decision to move from Engineering into Learning & Development after talking to my current manager, Loretta Bersani, OFE Global Training and Development Director. She provided me Information about the job, what’s involved, and after the discussion I thought this Is It! I love working with people, helping them to be future ready and this job gives me the many opportunities to do that every day.

What or who has had the greatest influence on your career progression?

There are lots of people who have Influenced me at different times of my life.

One statement from by dad has always stayed with me, “There is nobody out there who you should be afraid of, It Is you (inside) and your thoughts which you should be afraid of as fear comes from within.”  This has always resonated with me throughout my life and it’s helped me in taking risky decision’s in my career and made me work hard to make It a success.

Name one practical thing we could do in the O&G industry to shift the dial on equality.

Provide onsite childcare facility where possible, to encourage more women to work. As a mother of two kids, I know how hard it is to be have a work-life balance and having this type of facility would make parent’s life easier and the company would have greater motivation.

What is the last song you listened to? (be honest)

Namo namo – Kedarnath (Bollywood song)

If there was a parallel universe with another version of ourselves, what job would you do there?

I want to be an Inventor and would Invent a time machine.

If you could solve one problem, what would it be and how would you solve it?

Lack of efficient energy globally. I’m lucky to be working for a company which is working toward this, Baker Hughes is working towards energy transformation and Is leading the way.

Tell us something about yourself that may surprise everyone?

Currently, I am learning Indian classical dance i.e. Bharatanatyam and I have done some shows as Bollywood dancer.

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