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Title: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: God Bomb on December 03, 2018, 09:57:16 PM
I'm basically an electrical/mechanical technician.  With the current state of the world and the way things are going, I really want to get into a different career path.  But in mid-30s with no transferable skills I am at a loss.  I barely survived the oil price crash and saw a lot of my colleagues get laid off and sit at home for 3 years unable to find work.
Any suggestions?  Has anyone else had success with totally changing careers without having to spend a lot of time and money on retraining or higher education?
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Alex Simmons on December 04, 2018, 12:50:51 AM
Renewable energy sector?
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Tassie Dave on December 04, 2018, 12:54:51 AM
Electrical/mechanical technicians are always in demand in the mining industry. You'd find most of your skills would transfer easily, with minimal additional learning required.

I would assume you'd want to stay away from the coal industry. So I'd suggest Metalliferous mining work, which is a great career path. You wouldn't even need to go underground. Most tradespersons work on the surface. Though underground is where the really big salaried tradespersons work.

I've been in mining for 33 years (Copper, Gold, Silver and Tin)

Tradespersons in mining are rarely out of work long.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Nosmas on December 04, 2018, 06:31:35 AM
I'm basically an electrical/mechanical technician.  With the current state of the world and the way things are going, I really want to get into a different career path.  But in mid-30s with no transferable skills I am at a loss.  I barely survived the oil price crash and saw a lot of my colleagues get laid off and sit at home for 3 years unable to find work.
Any suggestions?  Has anyone else had success with totally changing careers without having to spend a lot of time and money on retraining or higher education?

Off shore oil and gas?
I'm in the naval architecture and shipbuilding industry and we have hired a lot of people from oil and gas (preferably offshore). Technologists and technicians from other related industries often find jobs in design offices or as field support where I work. At lot of that here is both due to a lack of shipbuilding experience nationally combined with a lot of oil and gas people suddenly looking for work.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Ah.hell on December 04, 2018, 09:03:53 AM
Consider water resources.  There's lots of over lap with oil and gas.  Pipe lines, pumps, and what not. 
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: 2397 on December 04, 2018, 10:12:01 AM
Having been in consistent employment for 10 years is a good qualification on its own. In contrast to how gaps in your CV is questioned.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: God Bomb on December 04, 2018, 10:07:33 PM
Thanks for the advice, will look into those, it's not offshore btw, it's onshore repair and maintenance.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: NateAus on December 11, 2018, 08:53:12 PM
Can you play an instrument or hold a tune?
The music industry is a wonderful and happy place, full of rainbows and puppies and everyone getting along with plenty of work to go around...especially in the age of streaming.

(p.s. sorry, I'm likely not helping).
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: God Bomb on December 13, 2018, 10:57:33 AM
Can you play an instrument or hold a tune?
The music industry is a wonderful and happy place, full of rainbows and puppies and everyone getting along with plenty of work to go around...especially in the age of streaming.

(p.s. sorry, I'm likely not helping).

nope
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on December 13, 2018, 11:35:07 AM
Join the Navy.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: NateAus on December 13, 2018, 06:56:10 PM
I can't help but play a certain song in my head at the mention of the Navy.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: xenu on December 13, 2018, 06:57:19 PM
I can't help but play a certain song in my head at the mention of the Navy.

This one?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmGuy0jievs
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: NateAus on December 13, 2018, 06:58:47 PM
It's a maybe... Does that put your mind at ease? It's a maybe...
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: God Bomb on December 13, 2018, 09:25:42 PM
it's funny because they are gay
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Tassie Dave on December 14, 2018, 01:08:01 AM
it's funny because they are gay

It wasn't necessarily supposed to be funny. The Village People celebrated gay culture and stereotypes, not made fun of it. It was more of a middle finger to the homophobes of their era.

Not all members of the original Village People were gay.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: amysrevenge on December 14, 2018, 10:29:50 AM
Not all members of the original Village People were gay.

Urban legend in my part of the world was that none of them were.  I've never looked it up.
Title: Re: I've been working in oil and gas for 10 years
Post by: Ah.hell on December 18, 2018, 03:23:37 PM
According to our last office meeting, there's almost zero unemployment in water and wasterwater.  Firms are clearly desperate for mid level engineers, I think you won't find a better time to transition from oil and gas to water and wastewater.