Category: Workforce

For engineering students, first impressions count

As more than 100 companies — mostly in the energy sector — descended on the University of Houston Hilton for fall recruitment Thursday, Vita Como, senior director of the school’s engineering career center, has an important message: engineers are in demand, but first impressions count.  More »

N. Dakota needs $800 million for housing, schools in wake of oil boom, state GOP says

North Dakota Republicans have put forward a plan to spend millions on rising problems in the wake of the oil boom in the state and the population increase that has resulted.  More »

Want to improve your business acumen? Take some tips from Gordon Ramsay

Believe it or not, you can learn a lot from reality television.  More »

Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to nearly 2,700 workers

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees after federal regulators found violations of federal labor law.  More »

Job negotiations: If you feel you’re getting a raw deal, you probably are

One of the best parts about writing this column has been hearing from readers around the world, and this week I’ll share one such exchange to illustrate how a “good” negotiation should go.  More »

More Texans working for oil and gas companies

The 302,700 workers estimated to work for services and exploration and production companies marked the first time employment in the industry has exceeded 300,000 since his Texas Petro Index began tracking the numbers in 1995, said its developer, economist Karr Ingham.  More »

The oil & gas industry, enabler of new experiences and new friendships

Today I want to write about a fun experience I had, further proof that the oil & gas industry is a great enterprise through which people can come together, while learning and trying new things.  More »

How is your “professional hygiene” routine?

Just as you wouldn’t go to bed without brushing your teeth (right?…) here are a few good habits you should work into your regular routine, daily, then weekly, monthly and yearly.  More »

For the sake of the profession, let’s do more to protect the term “engineer”

I’m on vacation this week, and so far I’m enjoying not doing anything much other than staring at the beautiful view out of my window, and taking long walks in the countryside. Once I touch down back in Houston, I’m back to work, and back to the process of studying for the Professional Engineer (PE) […]  More »

Take advantage of a “Golden Age” of free instruction

Fast forward a few decades, and we are now living in a golden age of knowledge transmission. Indeed, with social media, blogs, television, podcasts and the like, it is possible to reach all corners of the globe with very little effort. The other side of that coin is that is very easy for you to BE REACHED by some of the brightest minds in business.  More »

Exxon Mobil says it’ll follow new anti-bias rules

President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.  More »

Microsoft, Lebron James, Greatness and Career Security

In just the past 10 days or so, two completely opposite yet totally related sequences of events took place which perfectly illustrate how you should carry yourself and think about your professional career if you wish to maximize your job security.  More »
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