Building a Career in the Oil & Gas Industry

Career in the Oil & Gas IndustryIrrespective of the huge popularity of oil and gas industry, only a few candidates after finishing their college, choose to go into it. Passing out of college and getting into the industry may take consistent effort on your part. Unless you have the right direction, you may have to suffer a lot of hurdles, which, is a great challenge that you face as a beginner. However, here is what you can do to make a strong foundation that will take you to success.

Look for relevant courses and highlight them in your CV

As employers are always looking for the right talent, the candidates as well, should look for courses that the employers are looking for. It is important for them to gain the relevant skills that they would like to mention in their resume. This is because, the human resource personals don’t have enough time to go through every CV they come across. They would just go through your skills no matter your CV is first or last in their catalog. A resume that has the relevant qualifications mentioned on it can draw the attention of the human resource professionals at first sight.

Make sure you have the skills those mentioned in the job description

Employers always look for the specific skills that you have relevant to their job description. It is important that you choose the right skills and learn more about them. Failure to do so will harm you in two ways – lost opportunities to find the right job and staying behind in the competition.

Find a reputed university to enroll in

The companies in oil and gas industry are looking for candidates those have studied oil and gas courses from a reputed university. It’s natural for them to be inclined towards skilled candidates with relevant qualification since they would more likely be interested in that job, plus, can work for a long time in their industry.

Gain on-the-job training that will serve as an experience

Another thing that these companies are looking for include, the right personalities with a positive mindset, different kinds of extra-curricular activities they’ve been involved in etc. They will consider the relevant qualifications as well as on-the-job training to recruit the right candidates. Companies usually like to hire candidates having past experiences than those having no experience at all. This also tells the companies how committed a candidate is, towards his job.

Stay updated with the latest industry trends

For candidates taking part in these training courses, it is important to stay updated with the latest oil and gas industry news, updates to find a way towards letting companies know that you are the right candidate for the position and that you know a bit more than the others. This will certainly give you a competitive edge over those who aren’t very good in their skills.

Managing Your Boss

Managing Your BossHaving a job that you love makes you feel happy and content. However, working for a boss who takes credit for your work can be enormously demoralizing. Steve who works for an advertising agency toiled several nights for a big presentation to impress his senior management. But, on that very important day, his boss Caesar tells him that he will be presenting it to the clients, not Steve. Does this situation give you a feeling of déjà vu? If your answer is yes, rest assured you aren’t suffering alone. There are umpteen managers/bosses who effortlessly take credit for things they haven’t done at work. And the person who slogs it out isn’t even mentioned when the boss gets all the accolades.

What do you do when you are faced with such a situation? Quit, and start looking for better opportunities? Well, let’s look at what can be done when it comes to dealing with such difficult and toxic bosses. Firstly, you need to take a step back and get a bird’s eye view of the current situation. Are you being over-sensitive and making a mountain of a molehill or your boss really walks over you and doesn’t appreciate your hard work one bit? If the latter is true, what would you do? The answer to this question is, you need to have some perspective prior to taking any action against your boss. You need to realize that not all bosses are bad by nature. They too have a lot on their plate and because of that they sometimes come across as brash or insensitive. Try and reason out as to what makes your boss so annoying. For instance, here are two instances.

1} Your boss is experienced and doesn’t have leadership qualities

Quite a lot of people when given authority feel they have to compete with everyone around. They cannot stand the idea of experiencing failure in front of their subordinates or senior managers and executives. The transition for them is too much to take and they struggle to keep it steady. After getting promoted to a managerial level, the job expected from them is not restricted to themselves. They now have a bigger role to play and their success is measured if a group does well. Many new leaders need to recognise this difference. If they fail to do so, they will always be very competitive and aggressive in nature.

2} Your boss is full of himself

People who get to leadership positions are in fact narcissists. Their self-esteem feeds on the energy and praises they get from others. They want to be liked and the approval they get from people around makes them feel good about themselves. Narcissists who are good at their job, try and make their achievements public for others to take notice. They are considered a boon to the organization as they keep their achievements visible.

After getting to such a higher position they still feed on the energy of others. This behaviour of theirs is toxic and affects positive people around them. They like taking credit for all the triumphs with regards to a project or an important meeting. And anything to do with failure is pushed on subordinates or people they don’t like. This makes them undermine colleagues and nurses their ego further. They also tend to get aggressive when criticised for anything.

If any of the above description fits your boss, you need to very calmly and intelligently address this issue. If you are sure about your ideas being stolen and your boss taking all the credit for your work, then this is what you can do.

Ensure this isn’t a misinterpretation of events

Before flipping out at your boss for high-jacking your work or ideas make sure you aren’t committing a blunder. In many research institutions, the person who directs the lab has to be named because of his or her contribution in the research as well as supervision for their work. In the same manner, your boss could be taking your ideas to his seniors on your behalf so that it gets approved. You can then take all the awes and wows and wait for your work to get its due in the form of a promotion or a big fat bonus. You will get to know eventually if your boss means no harm and is just doing his job or he’s being sly and side-lining your honest efforts. If it’s just once or twice, remember it’s not malicious, only ineptitude. Being negative or assuming the worst will only aggravate the matter.

Have a one-on-one with your boss

Being passive-aggressive about this situation will only fester more resentment. Instead, start and end the conversation on a positive note. You can begin by talking about the current project that you have been working on by giving a detailed report. You could also talk about the time you may take to complete the entire project and the day you’ll be available to take up a fresh assignment. Once you are done talking about your current situation with regards to your job, you can say something like, “I wanted to discuss about something that’s been on my mind lately. Is this a good time to talk?” If your boss gives you the nod, you can continue by saying, “It took me by surprise when you mentioned to Kathy that John helped you with the accounts of the Amazon project. I worked for two months on those accounts while John just assisted me for a day. Maybe you had your reasons to mention something like that but it was disheartening, I’d like to discuss it with you to clear the air.” Listen earnestly to what your boss has to say and keep an open mind towards the issue. Let all the information sink in and conclude the conversation on a positive note.

Keep a log of your work and document it well

In case the problem persists, then make sure to keep a record of all the work you’ve done or are currently pursuing. Have a securely protected folder for all those documented files so that if you are asked about it in the future, you can easily provide proof to the concerned person. You can also mention about how you came up with the idea and the alternatives you proposed pertaining to a specific project. Keep a work diary where you jot down the day’s events. Write down the ideas you shared in the team meeting along with that day’s achievements as well as errors. Also keep track of emails that were sent from your inbox and the emails you received. Don’t forget to get a print of the praises and the recognition you get in various emails. Do not be shy or afraid of claiming ownership of ideas or projects that you’ve come up with when talking to your co-workers or subordinates. Say things like, “when I thought of this idea, I recommended this alternative… ” or “I already knew this software would help achieve our target easily.”

Work in groups that includes your boss

One of the best ways to let others know that an idea is yours is to ensure you work in a group or a team. Save all your novel ideas for team meetings so that everybody takes notice of the fact that you came up with the idea. Your boss won’t be able to take credit for something that has come out of your mind when there are people around. Lead from the front and show your boss how it’s done. You can volunteer to give an update about your project to your boss’s seniors. That way you can make everyone in hierarchy know that you are the mastermind when it comes organizing and presenting your project. You can email any ideas you have about a project to your boss. This is proof enough that you’ve come up with a solution and under no circumstance can your boss take credit for it.

Let it pass

Life isn’t easy as it seems and on a few occasions you have to experience rough moments and move on. You won’t get your due and you learn this from the ‘school of hard-knocks’. However, there will be moments in the future where you showcase your true abilities and get recognition for it. In the meantime, have some alone time for introspection. Indulge in a brainstorming session and come up with new ideas for your next project. Ideas if kept to yourself aren’t really worth but, if shared with your team can result in joint success for your boss, your team and yourself. On a few occasions you won’t be able to hog the limelight but this teaches your tolerance and patience. As an employee of a company it’s your job to protect your manager, subordinates and ensure they look good in all situations. No one is saying you shouldn’t get appreciated for your work but reacting to every small issue won’t do any good. Be patient and choose your battles in a wise way.

Get a new boss

If there no signs of the storm to pass, then it’s best to look out for a new job. No point in being in such a place where your efforts aren’t honestly appreciated. A lot of people can’t quit their jobs since they have mouths to feed. They have to deal with a bad boss and stick to a job they loathe. But, if your manager takes all your ideas and doesn’t even bother mentioning you to your peers or your seniors quite frequently, then it’s safe to say your boss doesn’t want you to flourish in your career. Your work is yours to keep and a good boss will have no qualms letting you represent your work and won’t steal your thunder, ever.


Career and Salary Variation Factors

Career and SalaryOccupational Therapy is evidence – based health program and a fulfilling career path. As a Therapist, you can help and provide treatment for all age group people with physical, cognitive, and mobility impairments. You can assist infants, kids, toddlers, and adults spend productive, meaningful, safe, and quality life in the environment they live. With your support, these people can independently perform functions necessary for their activities of daily livings (ADL), manage homes, and participate in their communities.


The bright career outlook, attractive salaries, and easy employment opportunities combine to make Occupation Therapy the fastest growing career. There is a greater demand for these health professionals in a variety of settings because they help individuals with disabilities and impairments recover and develop the skills needed for performing everyday activities.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), May 2015, their jobs will grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, and 30,400 more practitioners will be required in all settings. In the same period, employment of therapy assistants will grow 40 percent. The workplaces for both practitioners include private and public hospitals, rehabilitation centres, skilled nursing facilities, physician’s offices, adult day centres, schools, home health care services, orthopaedic centres, assisted living centres, old age homes, community centres, psychiatric facilities, and Scientific Research and Development Services.


There is a significant rise in the demand for these health care professionals in recent years. The growth in demand is also one of the primary reasons for increased Occupational Therapy salary and career opportunities. According to the BLS, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2015, their Mean Annual Wage was $81,690, Annual Median Wage – $80,150, and Hourly Median Wage – $80,150. The percentile annual wage varied from $66,040 to $116,030. The factors responsible for wages variation include location, work experience, population, and settings.

Population Density

The demand for Occupational Therapy practitioners is higher in these towns and cities where population density is high because these areas have a growing patient population, facilities, and employment opportunities.

Work Experience

After a few years of work experience, these healthcare professionals can earn higher remuneration than their counterparts with no or little work experiences.


Working in cities and metropolitans can earn them attractive salaries because these areas have the higher patient population, increased number of settings, and soaring demand for these practitioners. In the US, the top salary paying metropolitans for this occupation are Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach Longview, Waco, Beaumont-Port Arthur, and Beaumont-Port Arthur.


The compensations of therapists are not uniform in all settings because few settings pay better salaries than others. Skilled nursing facilities, Scientific Research and Development Services, and home health care services are the best salary paying centres as compared to the offices of physicians, schools, hospitals, and other settings.


The pay structure is also not same in all US States, but varies widely depending upon factors like population, the number of patients, settings, demand and supply, employment opportunities, and the cost of livings. The remuneration even differs in towns, cities, and metropolitan areas in the same state.

5 Things That Must Be on Your Resume

Your ResumeThe first step to getting a job interview is having a stellar resume. Here are 5 things that must be on your resume if you want to get to the first step in landing a new job.

Contact Information

This is the most basic thing, but so many people do not get this right. You need to have your cell phone, email address and LinkedIn address. You also must include your town. This is important because employers want to see where you are located in relation to the job. You can leave your street address off if you do not feel comfortable having this information out on the web.

Dates of Employment

Hiring managers hate job hoppers and will look for gaps in your resume, so alleviate this concern by putting dates of employment in chronological order. If you have gaps in your employment, put what you were doing with a short bullet point.


Always put your education on your resume. If you have a 4-year college degree put Bachelor’s degree. Do not just put the name of the college you attended. If you do not have a college degree and have had a few classes, put the name of the college attended and expected graduation date.


Make sure your resume does not look like you cut and pasted job descriptions under your employment. Set yourself apart by putting your work accomplishments in bullet format for each position.


This is something new, but very important, you must put keywords on your resume in order to be found by recruiters and hiring managers. Keywords are the words, titles and requirements of positions you are looking for. For example, if you are applying for a Sales Manager job and the company is requiring you have Sales Training experience for the job, add the keyword Sales Manager and Sales Training on your resume in as many places as possible.

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