Q&A: How the Men of O&G Jump-Started Their Careers

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In February we ran a Q&A series about women in oil and gas. For comparison's sake, we have asked five men the same 10 questions regarding their career choices in the oil and gas industry. One question and one answer from each man will be shared with our readers each day for the next 5 days.

Disclaimer: The men in this questionnaire have asked to remain anonymous.

# Woman 1 Woman 2 Woman 3 Woman 4 Woman 5 #

 

Question 1: Why did you choose the oil and gas industry?

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 1: Family history. I'm the third generation of my family to work in the oilfield.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 2: Money.

 

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 3: My family has made its livelihood in the O&G Industry since the early 1900s.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 4: High risk, high reward technical and commercial challenges.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 5: I did not intentionally choose it. It ultimately chose me.

 

 

 

Question 2: How did you get your start in the oil and gas industry?

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 1: I worked for an environmental services company that also did oil and gas work. I started my own oil and gas service firm two years ago.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 2: I started work onshore as a mud logger, old school contacts.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 3: I worked in the rig yards of Parker Drilling in Odessa, TX.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 4: I was recruited by a major oil and gas company from college.

 

 

Q&A: The Men of Oil and Gas

Man 5: College/studying was not working out so well. I heard about the ROV industry and the school in Texas. After learning more about it, I decided to leave college and go to the ROV school to ultimately pursue a job offshore as an ROV technician.

 

The Men of Oil & Gas Series

 

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Sahr G.M.Fania | Mar. 9, 2012
I love am an adventurious person and enjoy facing challenges and the oil and gas industry is full of challenging operations and also i enjoy do what am doing subsea operations,I am presently working on an ROV contruction vessel and am determine to grow in that direction.

Daniel Kwesi Awumey | Mar. 9, 2012
I agree with u Glenn....If money is your motivation, I dont believe the oil industry is for you. You have to love it or u cant stay with it. Though money is all we work for, with lots of sacrifices to make and risks involved theres always the need to Love what u do, that automatically will fetch u the results.

John Black | Mar. 6, 2012
The industry has long been a draw for those who want independence and will work long hours without guarantees of reward. If money is the objective it probably is not the right choice. The business is politically always a whipping boy. Right now it looks like a good bet to the outsider but for every boom there follows a bust and it is usually two to three times longer. It is no place for the weak of heart or anyone who wants an "8 to 5" lifestyle

na | Mar. 5, 2012
I am 80 years old and would love to continue my 50 year career in the oil patch.

Phil | Mar. 5, 2012
If one of these guys had started as a ruffneck, they would likely be making much more than the 100+ category by now.

Glenn Parry | Mar. 5, 2012
If money is your motivation, I dont believe the oil industry is for you. You have to love it or you cant stay with it. While I am making more money now than i ever dreamed possible, I have loved this business when the compensation was far less. It demanding physically and mentally and puts serious strains on family life. For me the challenges and the self satisfaction I have gotten from meeting the challenges and succeding has far out weighed the demands it has put on me. I have been in the business for 40 years. I have no plans to retire, I hope I am working when I die!


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