Greetings from Saudi Arabia! It's been awhile since I "spoke" to you.Yup! I'm now in Dallas and married!Don't worry about not having seen any geology since 1995; the rocks haven't changed. Much ;-).Very few geologists I know have actually looked at rocks recently, anyway (the last two groups with which I've been involved, including my current gig, are rare exceptions). Most are playing with mapping packages, interpreting 3-D seismic, doing image log analysis, petrphysics, building digital cross sections, or in my case, a little of all of these, plus describing core! But Aramco's special that way...oily stuff of course! This company is civil engineering.You might be using some of out software. The company that is laying me off (INT,Inc) sell their libraries and do some app development type stuff for Aramco.I'd think you could parlay your IT experience into something eminently useful at any number of major or minor oil companies (including Aramco, BTW. Rejig your resume, and e-mail it to www.jobsataramco.com , unless you have no desire to visit - or revisit? - the Middle East.). Data management is a major headache at most companies, so maybe you could bill yourself as "Geophysical Data Management Guru" or "Geophysical IT Consultant."At the moment I'm tied to Dallas. MrsRB (biomarcy on the Fool) goes up for tenure this summer at Univ.Dallas, so in theory I'd be more mobile after that though the only real options are probably Dallas and the UK.If I could put up with living next to Gatwick airport & expensive housing prices of SE England, I could always go back to Veritas (who originally shipped me out to Houston!). I guess I've shied away from oil companies. The hire&fire mentality (oops, look where I am now, d'oh!), and I remember Shell on the university career milk-round. A bit too arrogant for my tastes, although maybe they've changed.Anyway, how is the oil industry really for jobs? I heard rumours that Veritas had laid people off recently. Exploration is at a low at the moment with an over-supply of seismic services. Things didn't look good in the last few PESGB newsletters that I've received. Then again, perhaps it is just the UKCS and US gulf that is in decline - plenty of jobs if you're prepared to go to Nigeria, Columbia, or the Middle East?The need for consultants out there is great, as long as you can pitch your special skills to solve their problems (unless you're one of those truly gifted individuals that can identify a serious problem that a particular compnay doesn't even know it has, and then can offer an expensive (and more importantly, expenses-paid) solution!Not sure about the latter - maybe I can twist my software skills into something useful.Cheers,RB
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