Now's not the best time to try and get into this industry. Layoffs are happening left and right. My company just cut my meal allowance, mileage reimbursement, and housing yesterday (happy Friday the 13th). This will cost me about $1500 a month, out of pocket. Two weeks ago we laid off 1500 people worldwide, and they closed 7 bases in the US, laying off a total of 850 people. Honestly, I think they're trying to make things so bad that we'll quit rather than have to be laid off. That way, they don't have to pay severance. Every other word out of management's mouth is if you do such-and-such, then it's immediate termination. They're beating this phrase to death. Morale is in the toilet.
If you really want to break into the oilfield, I'd wait it out. These things go in cycles. When oil gets back up to $80-$100 per barrel, then I think things will pick back up. But for now, most long-timers at work are saying this is the worst they've seen it since the bust days of the mid/late '80's when oil was less than $10 per barrel.
On the up side, if things get bad enough you'll see a mass exodous from the oilfield. That will be a big opportunity for getting in when things rebound, as companies will be scrambling to fill positions.
Last edited by IRingTwyce; 02-17-2009 at 04:15 PM.
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