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career change

 
#1 career change
05/09/2005 21:24

oilman

I have about 10 yrs experience in the upstream petroleum industry as an exploration and production geologist and a PhD from Imperial College of London (2nd or 3rd best in UK).

I m thinking of starting a career in Management Consulting.

Anybody bothered to express some thoughts and advice?

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#2 Re: career change
06/09/2005 08:09

Moosa

Hello Oil Man,

The Oil sector is a good one to be working in at the moment with the high oil prices filling the coffers of the companies in this field. The options of a career change are several and since you have given very little detail about yourself - there is not much anyone can say. But since you are considering a career change, I presume you are not happy with your current job.

Based on this here are a few pointers for you to consider:

1) You could consider options of making your existing job more interesting by seeking more responsibility.

2) You can look for a job with another company - maybe overseas in exotic locations such as Baku in Azerbaijaan or even Abu Dhabi or Qatar. The pay is great with good perks and you get a lot of respect from colleagues if you are good.

3) If you are ready to take a risk - you could start your own outfit offering services to the multinational oil companies - particularly in emerging markets where good services are hard to find. Refer to www.rapid-solutions.net/

4) You can change your entire line - this will depend upon your personal skills, aptitudes and interests. A good book on career planning will help to clarify issues.

The world is your oyster - don't let anything come in your way. You are obviously intelligent and hardworking (PhD Imperial) - One good book I can recommend is "Who moved my cheese" - You can read it in half an hour but it gives good guidance on changing ones life.

Wishing you the best.

Moosa

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#3 thanks
06/09/2005 09:49

oilman

Many thanks Moosa,

I really appreciate your thoughts.

Oilman.

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#4 Re: thanks
06/09/2005 13:59

JR

Don't Shell have an internal consultancy based in London? I thought that industry experience was needed to join that group.... Perhaps I'm wrong though...

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