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Re: hello

Unread postby septicdrainer2t4 » Tue 06 Jan 2015, 07:06:10

Hello everyone, I have just started using this forum.
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Re: hello

Unread postby sparky » Wed 07 Jan 2015, 06:24:17

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Hi , welcome on board ,
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Re: hello

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Wed 07 Jan 2015, 07:42:39

All right...fresh meat! Hmm...I meant new fellow travelers. To all the newbies out there just drop a line showing you're listening. And by all means feel free to jump into conversations. Us old farts that have been here so long were starting go finish each others posts. Be great to have neq questions, opinions, insights, etc.
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Re: hello

Unread postby PSantos » Sat 21 Feb 2015, 12:19:45

Hello everyone, almost graduated here looking for a challenging position within the offshore industry.
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Re: hello

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Sat 21 Feb 2015, 14:05:34

P - What degree?
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Re: hello

Unread postby PSantos » Sat 21 Feb 2015, 14:50:04

MSc in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering.
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Re: hello

Unread postby SeaGypsy » Sat 21 Feb 2015, 20:52:36

We are looking for exploration geologists in greenfield O&G & gold redevelopment, here in Australia. Google with 457 new graduate sponsorship & you will find some options 8)
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Re: hello

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Sun 22 Feb 2015, 20:35:36

P - Location preference?
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Re: hello

Unread postby Synapsid » Mon 23 Feb 2015, 01:02:19

PSantos,

Welcome.

I had been sitting here thinking, not for the first time, that I should visit the Douro region. This coincidence is startling.
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Re: hello

Unread postby PSantos » Sun 08 Mar 2015, 07:20:48

I’m sorry guys for the late reply, but it sounds like the site server configuration may be banning access from Portugal IP addresses and I only figured it out a couple days ago.

@SeaGypsy, thank you for the tip. Although I would prefer to start my career in Europe, I wouldn't mind moving to Australia. I did the search and it seems like the only way to get that VISA is to be the only skilled worker for the job role. And I’m pretty sure there are a lot of fresh graduates there looking for the same job as me =) and as for the companies is easier to hire locals than me.

@ROCKMAN, I would love to start my career in the North Sea. Have you been working there?

@Synapsid, just do it! I’m pretty sure that you would love the trip around the Douro region and the weather is perfect now for that kind of trip. Take a look on the official website for the tourism around the valley here. Also, the city was awarded the prize of European Best Destination 2014. For the official city tourism website visit this page (you have live customer service here). And if you want to explore the both sides of Porto’s city (the nicest and the unpleasant) check out this video. In general, Porto is very tourist friendly, and the locals are very helpful. They also understand English and as for the restaurants, hotels, attractions, etc they have English speaking staff so you won't find any communication problems. You can plan your flights using the SkyPicker.com to find the cheapest flights. If you have any further questions feel free to ask me :)
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Re: hello

Unread postby SeaGypsy » Sun 08 Mar 2015, 07:40:19

Being qualified is one thing, being able to cop a 4 year stint of extremely remote work sites & extremely harsh conditions for the base rate is another thing. Usually 14/12 hour days/ 7 off with a flight to the nearest capital. All expenses paid on site & commute, you are on your own steam on the off week. 6 weeks paid leave with 20% loading. Very repetitive work. Extreme OH&S requirements. Not many young Aussies can cop it.
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Re: hello

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Sun 08 Mar 2015, 11:53:53

PSantos - No...the only work I've done on your side of the Big Pond was offshore Africa. It seems obvious to me that a career in your neighborhood oil patch would be very unstable at a minimum. With any hard engineering degree it would seem like alt energy development could be a viable option. Working in the manufacturing theater could also be unstable given its dependence on affordable energy.
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Re: hello

Unread postby Synapsid » Sun 08 Mar 2015, 17:09:24

PSantos,

Thanks.

I've spent most of my life in a Mediterranean climate or on the edge (US West Coast, Black Sea coast of Turkey, Andalucia, Greece, Cyprus) and the north of Portugal has always appealed to me as a slightly cooler variant. Plus, I am a devotee of the house of Dow, and I love good food and friendly people. For me it is a question of when, I hope, not if.
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Re: hello

Unread postby sparky » Mon 09 Mar 2015, 00:47:32

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Did work on the Frigg Field , TCP2 gas compression platform , the North Sea province is not much those days , if anything they are letting people go .
My tip is , try to get in some job of the services companies , such as Schlumberger , they have work all over the globe
there is plenty of them , times are tough but you don't need one hundred jobs , you just need the one
working for a well known service company ,especially out in the field ,getting sweaty , count as kudos anywhere
If you are starting with a fresh face and a clean ironed shirt and tie , not so good
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Re: hello

Unread postby PSantos » Mon 09 Mar 2015, 18:20:00

You don't see a bright future for the Aberdeen Section, do you? I've applied for Schlumberger and Halliburton a couple of weeks ago (so far no reply), after getting the sad news that Acona UK (a small company) was cancelling their graduate recruitment for the current year and KCA Deutag also cancelled theirs too. Right now, I share the same option as you, that a career in the North Sea would be very unstable for the coming years but I don't see any other way to get into the O&G industry.
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