Dominic Agyapong, Senior Reservoir Engineer at Tullow Ghana Ltd. is a man whose rise to the top has been informed by his ardent belief in taking his destiny into his own hands. At 39, Dominic is at the peak of his game, working with some of the smartest minds in the oil business, to ensure that the Jubilee Oil Fields continue to pump oil day and night. His story could simply serve as a handbook for those who dream to succeed and a manual to those who seek inspiration in life.However, for a man whose typical working day starts at 6:30 a.m, living up to his standard would be a herculean task for those who dare to learn from his success story.
Dominic grew up, not with a silver spoon in his mouth, but with a resolve to succeed through hardwork. And thus, armed with this desire, Dominic, from his school days in Pope John’s Secondary School and St.Augustine’s College where he had his Secondary and Sixth-Form education respectively, planned his life meticulously, knowing very well that the only short -cut to the top was through hardwork, good planning and perseverance.
Though Dominic concedes that luck, to some extent, played a part in his meteoritic rise, he insists that “right attitude and hardwork” are the main ingredients in every man’s success. “You would have to take your destiny into your own hands”, he says, implying that even with a good background and environment, if one is not ready and determined to work hard, success would elude him/her.
What is a Senior Reservoir Engineer’s work?
“A Senior Reservoir Engineer’s work involves the day-to-day management of the oil field”, Dominic reveals. Thus for this oil engineer whose judgment could break or make a giant oil company, his unalloyed interest in Chemistry as an academic discipline is not enough to inform the major decisions he has to take. This has spurred him on to expand his purview in other academic disciplines.
His philosophy in life
Born in Accra, this well-travelled engineer who speaks fluent Portuguese and French among other languages believes the only way to always stay ahead in the game is “to be proactive”. Little surprise that he gets to the office as early as 6:30 am to prepare for the day, brainstorming on issues and pre-empting the possible issues that might be raised by his superiors in the course of the day.
Family, Future and Advice to the Youth
That clichéd expression that “behind every successful man is a woman” seems to be at play in Dominic’s life, as he gleefully responds to a question about his family, “yeah, I’m married with three lovely kids”. Though one would have expected a man with this specialized level of expertise to be angling to be in the employ of the government, Dominic believes in working for himself and thus looks up to a time when he would have contributed his quota to Tullow and then move on to work for himself.