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How To Prepare For A Career In The Oil And Gas Industry

How To Prepare For A Career In The Oil And Gas Industry

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Countless individuals around the world aspire to acquire a job, maintain it, and succeed in the oil and gas industry. While this field entails mental alertness, physical strength, and endurance, the upshot of walking the extra mile in this field is definitely rewarding.

There are hundreds of drilling rigs throughout the United States, and each of them offers a chance to aspiring individuals who are willing to deal with oilfield tanks, get dirty, and prove their dedication to the industry. But the question is, with the tough job competition in this field, how will you be able to get the position you so desired and succeed?

If you were a neophyte, you should be aware that there are numerous factors that will determine your luck in this field. Before going to battle, a soldier needs to train. Just like that principle, you need years of tedious preparation to be able to secure a career in the fields of oil and gas. What do you need to do?

Get The Right Degree

Set your education and career roadmap as early as possible. Having the right degree from a good school will surely give you an edge and proper training from a creditable institute is a passport to being considered for the job.

When aspiring a career in the oil drilling industry, you should consider becoming a drilling engineer. Actually a subset of Petroleum Engineering, Drilling Engineering would be a practical educational degree to take. Your years in school will surely be rewarded when you strive hard to reach your career goal.

If you have a good scholastic record and excellent training, then what you need is positive thinking and confidence of your skills. However, it is advised that aspirants who want to start a career on oil and gas industry right away would consider an associate’s degree and continue their education while working.

Boost Your Credentials

Aside from a degree in drilling engineering, you need to further your education and broaden your knowledge on this field. Having a list of significant trainings on your curriculum vitae (CV) will give a positive impression to your prospective employer. It will also make you more credible to be entrusted with a job. You can further your education by getting certifications from different trainings, like the following:

  • Drilling Well Control Training – This should include different levels of drilling, workover, surface or subsea, wireline, coiled tubing and snubbing, and control.
  • Oil and Gas Technical Training – This would cover marine licensing and stability, rig pass, drilling competency, well optimization, and many others.
  • Workplace Safety – This would cover hazard communication standards, behavior-based safety, injury-related safety, leadership, and other related courses.

There are public and private institutions that offer additional special short programs that would help you boost your credentials. Most of them are manned with credible experts who would want to share their knowledge and wisdom on how to succeed on this field. Enrol and do your best to excel.

Prepare For The Interview

Your credentials do not guarantee a 100 percent success of your application, but how you would handle the job interview can possibly land you the job.

While your research will give you enough information about the company and the position you are applying for, your presence and active participation during the interview is vital to the employer’s decision.

Get a good night sleep, prepare the perfect suit for the big day, and, most of all, gather your thoughts firmly to be able to respond to the interview exceptionally. Confidence and wit can get you through, so make sure you are relaxed and attentive to the interviewer.


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Brandon Peters

Brandon Peters is an entrepreneur, writer and a travel enthusiast. He loves sharing his insights, knowledge and experience in different fields.