Get up at 5 AM, spend an hour in traffic, work until 5 PM, spend another hour in traffic, take the kids here and there, cook, clean, then repeat. So many people find themselves in a consistent routine day in and day out, wondering where the time goes. Still there are those who seem able to push themselves, to get a leg up in the energy industry. Taylor Hines, Division Order Manager for QEP Resources’ Southern Region, has managed to find time in her busy schedule to enroll in the University of Tulsa’s Master of Energy Business.
Ms. Hines is married and a mother to three children. She has been working towards obtaining her Master of Energy Business and clearly is no stranger to determination and motivation. “The MEB program has a strong interdisciplinary curriculum that reflects the most recent industry recommendations about professional competencies for the future,” says Program Director, Dr. Tim Coburn. “The MEB is designed for working professionals and is delivered completely online. The goal of the program is to rapidly advance the students’ career trajectory within the energy industry, and to position individuals with backgrounds in engineering, geosciences, law and business disciplines for managerial and leadership oriented jobs.”
Ms. Hines had her first child while pursuing her bachelors in accounting business and mathematics and her third child during second bachelors in professional land and resource management. After uprooting her family for an internship position in Denver, Colorado as a land manager, Ms. Hines quickly moved into a supervisor position after only one year. Soon thereafter, she was promoted to manager after another year of experience.
While taking the MEB has been a huge undertaking for Ms. Hines, she admits that while pursuing the MEB “I have never let myself use my children or anything else as an excuse preventing me from accomplishing my goals.” Throughout the recent energy industry’s volatility, Ms. Hines has maintained 70 hour work-weeks, and still finds time to complete her course work. Yet she maintains that joining the MEB program has been one of her best decisions. “Ultimately it has allowed me to be the inspiration to my children that is so important for them,” she says. “I really want to show them that through determination, hard work and support from loved ones, many things are possible.”
Dr. Coburn likes to point out how the program’s online delivery method enables students like Ms. Hines to better position themselves in their industry by completing the program. “Many times I have inquiries about the program from very capable individuals but fall through when they think they can’t handle the course load,” says Dr. Coburn “But we live in a internet driven society, and online delivery of graduate level course work enables many students to accomplish their educational goals where otherwise wouldn’t have been possible pre-internet.”
For Ms. Hines, graduation is not too far away. “When I graduate from the MEB program, I am most looking forward having my kids see me at graduation showing them what accomplishment looks like, rather than remembering all of the times mommy had to stay up to do schoolwork,” says Ms. Hines. “After that I will look forward to taking my new skill set into the workforce and make more of a difference.”