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A career change can be very unnerving even during the best of times. However, with proper planning, you can definitely facilitate a smooth career transition into the oil and gas industry. - Jess Potts

A career change can be very unnerving even during the best of times. However, with proper planning, you can definitely facilitate a smooth career transition into the oil and gas industry.


First, you need to comprehend your core competencies, values and professional standards before chalking out the future plan of action.


It would help to have a relook at your career from a different perspective – connect the dots, identify hidden talents and remove stumbling blocks, keeping in mind the skills and expertise required for the industry. Then, create a realistic vision for the future and make this your aim.


Conduct research to identify the best possible opportunities that match the expertise you have acquired during your career. A well-crafted CV/résumé highlighting your transferrable skills is extremely critical for opening the window to new opportunities.


Create a combination CV/résumé with a profile section and core competencies section at the top that highlights your skills, focussing on those which are relevant to oil and gas, and specifically the areas within the industry that you most are interested in working within.


Networking with the right set of stakeholders will boost your chances, especially if the person has had an opportunity to get an insight into your professional career.


Another option would be to seek the guidance of placement consultants who have an understanding of the market trends. They would be in the best position to get you placed.


Staying abreast with the existing macroeconomic scenario (economic downturn, changes in legislation, technological upgradation) could also enhance the chances of landing the right job.


An outstanding track record in your career would also assist in forming a favourable opinion about your candidature. It would convince the potential employer about your ability to perform in the new sector.


It could be sensible to enrol in a course to update and build on your skills if necessary.


Finally, before attending an interview try to identify projects in their company that would benefit from your transferrable skills and experience, and use that as your USP in your CV/résumé and cover letter.


- Jess Potts

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