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Science Graduates

Jason Stowell, CSP

What I do now:
I am the Safety Security Health and Environmental Manager for large scale international energy projects for ExxonMobil. I am currently based in the US, but I travel to Russia and South Korea regularly.

My work/job consists of:
Developing and implementing plans to eliminate personnel injury and environmental impacts associated with constructing or operating energy projects.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I started out using my biology background by performing health monitoring for workers in industrial environments. The field is called industrial hygiene. From there I broadened my experience with roles in safety and emergency response by working at multiple facilities.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I grew up in Shreveport and chose LSUS based on economics and location.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS gave me a great educational foundation. I worked with people who have advanced degrees from very prestigious universities and I have always felt prepared and equipped for success.

Advice to college-bound students:
Make and maintain contacts; this can help you throughout your career.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Try to get some industrial safety experience as soon as possible. Even if it is not your ideal role, the experience will let you build your career faster than anything else.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Consider degrees that give you plenty of options. The job you are doing 10 years from now may not exist yet.

My toughest professional challenge:
I have worked in 9 different countries on a limited basis and lived abroad as well. It can be a challenge to match you professional style to the norms of different countries.

My toughest personal challenge:
I have moved several times for work with my family. Preparing them for new cities and even a new country can be difficult, but definitely worth it.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
I am currently a board Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

I've learned this from life:
Travel as much as you can, as soon as you can. There are amazing things to see around the world that are better than the pictures.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would run a vinyl record shop.