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3 steps closer to an ideal job in Oil & Gas

3 steps closer to an ideal job in Oil & Gas

Friday Apr 8, 2016

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Finding the right job in the Oil and Gas industry that matches your skills, personality and cultural fit is not easy, however with the right approach you can find the job most suitable to you.This article addresses only some tips that should be considered when taking the next step into a new job or career. Keep to these key advice points and you will be one step closer to your ideal job.

1. Diverse career portfolio

Recruiters claim that job-hopping is no longer a stigma. You can be considered as a savvy careerists, as long as it is within the right reason and you know how to articulate it. Consequently, job-hopping can boost your career if you do it wisely, as it could be understood that you are an individual with multiple talents. One of the greatest things about working in Oil and Gas is the opportunity to explore the huge breadth of careers it has to offer. The more versatile you are, the more career options you’ll have. 

2. Be proactive

The planning and preparation of finding your next role or career move can be time consuming, but if you are proactive in doing so you will be one step closer in the process. A helpful planning task could be to write down all your skills, experience, talents and hobbies and then cross reference them against the job descriptions your are interested in. For instance, if you want to become a Rail Engineer you will most likely meet these requirements: SMST, CSCS, PTS, CAD, strong mathematical foundation, analytical thinking, problem solving, clear communication, good judgment and decision making.

A useful preparation tool to help you find your career match would be a career quiz. Click here to take a career test to determine what jobs are best suited to you. Ask yourself, what are your values (free time, money, location etc.) and rank them from 1-5. How much effort and training are you willing to put in to get to the next step? 

Research is also a key tool to use when looking for your next job role. Not only do you need to research job titles, job descriptions and companies, you need to research the industry itself to see if it is of interest to you and gain an insight on the current market trend. Research methods can range from searching the net to registering to relevant events, industry shows and free conferences. The key factor remains on social networking, so connect with people within the field by using LinkedIn or attending Oil and Gas events. Is your company a member of IPIECA? Their aim is to bring the industry together on environmental and social issues and they offer their members several benefits, which are convenient for your career ( 

3. Evaluation of  your thoughts

Even though you have a feeling you have now found your ideal role, there is no such  thing as a perfect job. Think about the pros and cons of the career. Do your homework and ask yourself how this could affect and change your life. Did you consider the financial aspect of changing your career? Make a plan and evaluate how much money you need to save to support yourself during discovering your career path. Make a plan and stay focused. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a big deal, but this is exactly the place where the potential thrives. Keep in mind, that great things take time and take this as a rewarding experience. 

Next steps:

If you are looking for your next career step in Oil & Gas and need some advise onwhat to do next, get in contact with your local recruitment team here.

If you are ready to look for your next role in Oil & Gas, click here to view our latest opportunities across the globe.