Category: Workforce

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 »

The importance of pursuing industry-recognized licenses and certifications

Career advancement comes from developing both your soft skills and your technical ones, and industry certifications are a fantastic way of developing and proving the latter.  More »

Technology lets producers move jobs from platforms to land

Shell and other offshore players to move a growing number of jobs historically performed at sea onto land.  More »

Furthering your education while you work in oil & gas? Before you start, here’s what you should know

You’ve done some great work in the oil & gas industry, but you get that feeling that you really need some more education (an MBA, a technical Master’s) not only to bolster your own skill set, but also signal to your colleagues and managers that you’ve got the credentials necessary for that “next level”.  More »

Industry, schools partnering to train oil field workers

Educational programs popping up in Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota that aim to help oil companies find enough workers to install pipeline, monitor wells and fix equipment.  More »

Industry raids universities for oil engineering talent

Universities are in a constant struggle to hire and retain enough professors to keep up with surging enrollment in petroleum engineering programs nationwide.  More »

Norwegian oil services strike averted

Norway’s Industri Energi union and the oil and gas producer lobby reached an agreement on pay, averting a strike at companies including Halliburton Co., Schlumberger and Baker Hughes.  More »

Technical or managerial track? A common dilemma for young professionals…

The dilemma is one I hear often from young professional engineers in the oil & gas industry: should I pursue a technical track or a managerial track, and should I pursue either with an operator or a service company?  More »

How virtual reality can help the oil industry’s worker shortage (video)

From a non-descript office in the Galleria area, it’s possible to walk around a refinery, an oil rig and even an offshore platform — thanks to high-tech tools taking advantage of virtual reality.  More »

For some people, the “Great Crew Change” can’t come fast enough

Because people like this are EXACTLY why accidents continue to happen in the oilfield.  More »

Virginia coal mine closing, 120 to lose jobs

More than 120 people are being laid off at an Alpha Natural Resources mine in southwest Virginia amid declining production and demand.  More »

Video: Inside Weatherford’s new manufacturing center

Weatherford International’s newest manufacturing center in the region was built at a cost of about $100 million and is expected to employ 335 people by the end of next year.  More »
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