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Working in oil-rich countries: NEED ADVICE

Hi all, I'm a senior mechanical engineering student graduating this spring. I'm applying for field engineering jobs at several companies. (Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Smith International...) This position is the only career that I've found that has many openings and is hiring recent grads with no experience. Unfortunately, many of the jobs are in less-than-stable areas. (Middle East: Oman, Saudi Arabi, Dubai, Qatar..., and South Africa) I would love to hear from anyone who has lived/worked in these areas or for these companies. What areas are safe-What are they like in general? How are these companies to work for?

I know Halliburton has a terrible name as far as the M.I.C., but I think their oil operations in Texas would be fine. To be fair, most of their business comes from providing oil services and products to private companies.

Any other types of jobs/companies hiring recent mechanical engineering grads would be great too.

Thanks Everyone

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I wouldn't call....

Dubai and Qatar ustable at all - and the people there are wonderful.....I really love Arabic culture - have fun and enjoy the world!

I work on rigs in the gulf for a small company that contracts with the big guys...work for a small company if you can!

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Wife Girlfriend Daughter issues

If you have a girlfriend daughter fiance then do some extra homework before working in a Kuwait or UAE etc.... Otherwise go for it.

I would go for the money, especially if I were single.

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I would rather starve to death than work for Halliburton.

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I don't know about the rest of them. Good luck.

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Apply with Petro Bras

I wish I was your age. If I were you I would apply with PetroBras. Brazil has the best future of all the BRIC countries. They have discovered some elephant fields offshore. Brazil is well liked by all countries in the world so they are allowed to drill where ever there is potential to find oil. They are considered number 1 in offshore drilling and number 1 in beautiful women. There is much to like about Brazil.

If you would even consider working for Haliburton

You're part of the problem. Think about that.

Go nuclear

Westinghouse is hiring

thanks

I'm going to apply with Westinghouse / looks like a cool company

Brad

I've lived in the region for 30 years...

really very stable contrary to media reports. You need to be flexible and able to adapt easily to new situations.
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A good friend of mine worked

A good friend of mine worked for Hal in Oman. He flew up there for 6 weeks, back for 4 or something like that. He spent the bulk of his time in Oman.

He was taken care of extremely well. They had hired help doing his laundry, cooking his meals and cleaning his quarters. Yes, there will be no movies and you will have some culture shock and new customs to adapt to (like don't use your left hand at all while you eat), but for the most part it is very safe. Don't worry about it, just don't do anything stupid and you will thrive.

take a deep breath

and forget everything you've ever heard about danger and mayhem. Maybe for soldiers, but middle-eastern countries are relatively secure. I have someone in my family who works in an "oil rich country" and travels extensively throughout the region. Besides the lack of a theatre to watch movies, their time has been very enriching.

I would say, don't let the preconceptions of t.v. brains circulating the net get you down. Ask yourself first: why are you nervous in the first place? Might not want to go work in Iraq or Afghanistan, but otherwise I would simply inquire about the companies' security policies, life insurance, etc. and choose the best package (pay, benefits -- a job offer!) for the least amount of risk.

Consider the nondestructive

Consider the nondestructive testing (NDT) field - it works hand-in-hand with the petroleum industry and others (aerospace, pulp and paper, chemical).

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