What does it take to be successful in Western Canada’s rapidly evolving oil and gas industry?
It takes a commitment to continually upgrade skillsets, and even the courage to totally change direction when necessary, if the stories of the Fluor/Oilweek Rising Stars Class of 2018 are any indication.
All 10 of this year’s winners have reinvented themselves to advance their careers in an oil and gas industry struggling to find some solid footing after almost three years of freefalling.
The Class of 2018 includes engineers who have become finance professionals, finance professionals who have become oil and gas producers, an academic who left the classroom for hands-on oilfield services work, and even two soldiers who have traded in their uniforms for business attire. What ties them together is an emphasis on continuing to improve their skills, and the courage to step outside their comfort zones to try something different.
To their credit, they have done so while giving back to the community that has provided them with the opportunity for their success through a variety of efforts, ranging from volunteering at science fairs to encourage the next generation of industry leaders to forming organizations to help the current generation of workers broaden their career horizons.
Congratulations to the 2018 Rising Stars.