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Jobs in the Industry
Oil & Gas Industry jobs are not just jobs for the engineering boys, as it were. There are a full range of lucrative and rewarding careers available in the sector. These opportunities range from being a Chemist to Caterer and they are available in a variety of regions around the globe. So what types of roles are available and how do you go about getting a role within the Oil & Gas sector?
One of reasons that there are so many different roles available in the Oil & Gas sector is that many of the sites the jobs are available at are remote, and if not remote then they are in countries where certain speciality trades need to be backed up by ancillary trades to ensure safety, security and generally make ex-pat workers feel at home. For example, take oil exploration in the Middle East. As well as those who built the compounds for the oil exploration to take place in, and those that actually extracted the oil, there needed to be specific architects, caterers, cleaners, marketing people, specialist engineers, client liaison people, local experts, safety specialists and medical personnel in order to make the site work.
The types of roles available then range from front end engineers and supervisors to those who look after staff health and welfare. There are very few, if any, other industries where you would see this wealth of opportunity in one place. Most other industries specialise and certainly don’t necessarily ask their staff members to be away from home on location as much as the Oil & Gas industries do. The exception is the military. This is why you will often get ex-military personnel working in the Oil & Gas industries. The travelling, remoteness and pressures are similar.
With all these opportunities available, how do you go about getting a job in the Oil & Gas industry? First things first, make sure you have the relevant experience in your field. If there are any further qualifications you can take to enhance your CV and make it stand out then do so. After this, you should turn your attention to researching the sector. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, to demonstrate to potential employers that you are keen to understand more about their business and secondly to find potential employers to apply to.
There is no such thing as a job for life anymore but within the Oil & Gas Industry there is still the opportunity for a career. If working in a world class and worldwide industry appeals to you then begin to take the necessary steps to a job in the Oil & Gas Industry today.
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