Category: Jobs & Career Advice

Community colleges leading the charge to educate the next generation of oilfield workers

This past week I had the privilege of speaking at the Spring Summit for an organization called UPSTART 360, which aims to bring together HR professionals in the oil & gas industry to tackle some of the toughest staffing problems companies face today. I spoke at one session, giving some outlooks for hiring trends in the field of petroleum engineering, but the session that really made an impact on me was one I chaired that same day, on partnerships between the educational system and industry to train the next generation of oilfield workers.  More »

Chevron CEO urges more diversity in energy employment

Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson said the energy industry needs to do more to increase the diversity of its workforce and urged improved efforts to promote science and math education among minority students.  More »

Four attributes young professionals should develop to become leaders in the oil & gas industry

Becoming a recognized thought leader in the oil & gas industry is a long-term goal of mine, and I think that if the industry is to earn more goodwill from the general public, it will require the work of honest, dedicated leaders, so the topic of leadership is important to me personally.  More »

3 month update for my “One Year Challenge”

It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearly 25% done with 2014; pretty soon they’ll have the Christmas decorations out…kidding (but probably not…)! As they say, time flies when you’re busy or having fun, and I’ve been both:  very involved at work, and having fun pursuing my “One Year Challenge”. For those of you who […]  More »

MBA or MS: which one will help a reader pursue their dream of working in upstream oil & gas in the US?

This column is not the place to make a statement about the general immigration debate that is going on now, but I will say that while some may view the oil & gas industry as a negative contributor to society, I would argue that it actually does play a very positive role in bringing extremely skilled, highly motivated people into the US, who in turn give back a lot to their local communities (for instance higher than average levels of spending which supports local businesses, and volunteerism sponsored by their employers).  More »

Coursework is the fastest way to transition into the oil & gas industry

There is no “magic bullet”: finding a new job is hard enough, and it becomes even tougher if that desired new job is in an industry you’re unfamiliar with, let alone a highly technical and complex one such as oil & gas.  More »

Where should a Young Professional in oil & gas apply to business school?

Today, I help a reader who has decided to make the leap to business school, but is apprehensive about where to apply.  More »

Among “pharmacists”, engineers and ex-gangmembers, the oilfield is a great equalizer

In hindsight, some of the best parts about working in the field were the stories I accumulated. In my mind, one of the funniest stories actually happened on my very last job (well, so far in my career anyways) on a rig.  More »

First video of Google Glass application for oil & gas

In my post last week, I promised that I would shortly show my first attempt at demonstrating just how useful Google Glass can be when it is used in the oilfield.  Well, it’s been many hours of research and debugging, but the first demonstration is ready! In this YouTube video, I show you how Google […]  More »

Can a “Wall-Streeter” trade their suit and tie for a pair of coveralls?

I’ve always felt that the expression “career path” is a misnomer: it implies that your way forward is clear from the get-go, and all you have to do is cross certain milestones before eventually making it to the top. Of course, that’s not reality. Many people try out different things before settling on one track or area of specialization, and I can’t think of one fellow professional that will say their career has progressed without a single setback. In this column, I offer some advice to a professional looking to do a career “reset” from a position in finance; I hope that this column is helpful even if you’re planning a reset from any other industry!  More »

Being strategic in attending industry events to build your network in oil & gas

Of course, in networking having a strategy is mandatory, and career fairs and industry events should factor into that strategy. Which one of these particular events you attend also requires considerable thought: you only have so much time and money after all!  More »

Energy is the Key to Solving Income Inequality

When exploring solutions to income inequality policy makers pay close attention to the costs. The cost of healthcare. The cost of food. The cost of child care. The cost of housing. What about the cost of energy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the average U.S. family spent over $4,600 or about […]  More »
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