Category: Workforce

Commentary: Career growth means embracing change

In the year and a half I have been doing this column, I have dispensed A LOT of career advice both in my weekly pieces as well as personal emails with readers, so securing this newest opportunity was enlightening: I was on the “other” side!  More »

Apache to get third CFO in eight months

Alfonso Leon, the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, resigned Tuesday, the Houston-based exploration and production company announced.  More »

Supporting the fight against breast cancer: good. Pink drill bits: not so much…

I fully support any effort to cure any kind of cancer, and it certainly seems the people behind the campaign were well-meaning and sincere when they decided to go ahead with the idea (the mother of one of those involved died of the disease), but set against the oil & gas industry’s ongoing efforts to attract more women, it’s my opinion that the campaign could unintentionally be more divisive than uniting.  More »

Energy Day Festival Links Future Generations with Future Prosperity

The U.S. Dept. of Labor announced in October that the number of job openings in the U.S. has reached 4.8 million, the highest since January 2001. In addition, a recent report by Manpower, a worldwide staffing company, predicted that the number of jobs in the energy sector, unquestionably one of the nation’s fastest growing industries, […]  More »

Female roughneck tells story of life on the oil field

Carla Restivo started her career in 1976 as roughneck. She explained her experiences as a woman in field dominated by men.  More »

Here’s one oil & gas industry outreach program you should definitely stand behind

The message is so important, and the company pushing that message is so appropriate, that I can’t help but be really, really enthused about this latest outreach effort from one particular and very significant player in the oil & gas industry.  More »

Oil business recruits women to replace the retiring old boys

The booming oil industry, in need of new talent as the previous generation nears retirement, is trying to attract more women to its ranks.  More »

N.D. oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

North Dakota’s unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted salaries throughout the state, though the male-dominated, high-paying energy industry also is widening the wage gap between men and women.  More »

Commentary: What does it take to call yourself a “professional”?

Being a professional isn’t then just receiving payment in exchange for a service. It represents a state of “being”, a code you set for yourself that encompasses not only expertise in your chosen field, but also striving for to meet the highest standards of moral behavior and personal conduct.  More »

Here’s “The Way Ahead” for your oil & gas career

I was just starting out my career at the time, and it was truly as if everything I was thinking at the time was captured exactly in the pages of that first issue I received.  More »

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 »
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