The year was 2000 and I had just started working on my 21st year as an employee of Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and it subsidiary, Vastar Resources, Inc. With my Bachelor in Electrical Engineering degree, Masters in Business Administration, and as a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, I was fortunate to have served in many management level positions within the ARCO family.
Then it happened!
British Petroleum, as it was known at the time, or BP as it is known
today, had received approval to acquire ARCO and its subsidiary, Vastar
Resources, Inc. Just two years before, BP acquired AMOCO, who had an
office across the street from our location in Houston.
Late in 2000, my world changed.
My friends and colleagues that I have grown to know and respect during
my ARCO and Vastar career would be either absorbed into BP or would
leave for work elsewhere. I chose the latter.
My challenge was to
find a new job...a new career. I had to get new insight about a
different part of the same industry. I did just that and enjoyed
meeting new co-workers, business partners and customers.
It is not easy to change careers or find a new vocation.
of us have to got through the process at some time in our lives and it
seems that people or changing careers more frequently. But what if you
don’t know what a new career really entails.
I have learned things through that experience and in the years since that I want to share with you. I hope that you will gain insight to allow you to find a vocation for which you have a passion and will enjoy.
I have always been a builder and fixer. I enjoy making things work and flow well.
Networking to find someone who knows someone who has a job opening is a valuable experience. Networking to find someone who can give advice on what is involved in a new career in essential. That someone can provide insight about a certain job/career. That would enable you to match your skills to those that are needed for the new job/career. I have networked in both methods to find my careers.
The foremost idea that I want to convey is that if you have a chance to try out a new career or gain insight from someone who has done what you are striving to do, then take it!
Around 2007, I became interested in the web and all of the opportunities that it presented. This site is a direct result of the changing environment and the favorable set of circumstances that are now present for any individual to find a career redo.
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