Oil and Gas Career and Education Fair Welcomes Large Crowd

Claudine Vidallo speaking on jobs in the oil and gas industry
Claudine Vidallo speaking on jobs in the oil and gas industry

The Business and Professional Education programs of MRU Continuing Education held an Oil and Gas Career and Education Fair on Wednesday, November 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Ross Glen Hall. Over 300 people attended the event.

Continuing Education instructors and staff were on hand to speak with potential students about their programs and career possibilities in their respective fields.

A team from Bowen provided free resume reviews. Their table had a long line all evening.

In the main stage area Catherine Brownlee of Prominent Personnel gave a presentation on successful job hunting and networking.

Here are some of Catherine’s top networking tips:

  • Have a business card printed with your contact information even if you are unemployed.
  • Always have your business cards with you. You never know where you might meet someone who can help your career.
  • Be dressed as though you are ready for an interview whenever you are out.
  • Don’t hand someone your resume too soon. Let them get to know you first.
  • Follow up your initial meeting by requesting a 10-minute coffee chat, where you bring the coffee. Make the request by email rather than by phone. Stick to the promised 10 minutes. Ask for information, referrals and advice.
  • Follow up with any referrals they make.
  • Ask people questions about themselves in order to start conversations. Listen more than you talk.
  • Keep a Customer Relations Management (CRM) database of people you network with, including the person’s name and company, the time and place you met, and notes on any information, referrals and advice they gave you.

Claudine Vitallo of the Petroleum HR Council spoke about the types of jobs in the Canadian oil patch and the requirements to land them, from entry-level to engineering and support industries.

There are 550,000 oil and gas workers in Canada. At $80 billion it is the largest contributor to Canada’s economy.

Claudine talked about the three streams within the industry:

  • Upstream – studying the land to determine where deposits may be and getting the oil and gas out of the ground
  • Midstream – transporting the oil and gas to various refineries and markets
  • Downstream – selling oil and gas products to consumers – from gasoline to cosmetics to plastic products

The three names drawn for a $500 Gift of Registration are:

  • Marquesa Yepes
  • Catalina Betancur
  • Trish Rudneski 

“I believe we really succeeded in offering our guests a valuable experience. I chatted with many attendees, our instructors and professional association partners. Everyone seemed very happy with the presentations, the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and to gather and share program information,” says Dean Charles Webber of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension.

See a Facebook album of Oil and Gas Career and Education Fair photos.

— by Karen McCarthy
— photo by Mitsue Kudo

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