No matter what you studied in school, always be willing to learn new things and unlearn old ones. Companies will like the fact that you can quickly learn the job they need you to do. And do not be too proud and arrogant to ask or when asking questions. Just have a spirit to learn no matter how small. It goes a long way in life and also it might just be a stepping stone.
Try as much as possible to have an experience working somewhere. It might just be a short term job, voluntary job or even an unpaid job. It may not necessarily be all about the money but also the skills/experience you would get. Most companies always require you to have a work experience. So just do it if you have the opportunity because it would help you learn quickly, and gain work experiences. You may not be paid for your work, but if you work very hard there’s a slight possibility that the company will retain you for your effort. If they don’t, another company in the same industry might be able to employ you. It is also advised that you take these jobs even before or during your service year just so you can have work experiences above your peers.
Live within your means; manage whatever money you have or you are paid. Don’t try and live the life of someone in Oil and Gas when that is not your current situation. If you live above your means, you will get in trouble. If possible, always write down your income and expenditures to help you understand where your money is going and how to cut down expenses. It would help you if you plan, save and invest especially for the future.
Be up to date with current affairs; you don’t have to be a know-it-all or talker to everyone, but make sure you know what’s going on in your country and your business environment. You score major points for being up to date on the latest trends and regulations that affect your industry. This way, you would know what would be of use to you and how to get something out of it.
It’s not always about money; let’s face it, we can’t all work in Oil and Gas, and we won’t all be filthy rich. Weigh your options carefully before choosing one job over another or worse still quitting your job. There are lots of situations where people have been offered huge sums of money as salaries and they quit their job only for the company to owe them some month’s arrears or worse still it folded up. Are there other advantages to be gained asides from money? It’s for you to decide, but money isn’t everything.
Don’t always stick with just what you know, always Learn new things . It would help also in your career to learn new skills and competencies. The world is changing, technology is changing and so will you. Unless you want to remain in the same position for the rest of your life, you need relevant knowledge and skills that will propel you forward. Grab opportunities you see, meet people, attend events and look out for interesting things you can catch up on.
Don’t be in a hurry to rise to the top, it may lead you to do illegal things. Hard work and patience are good virtues that pay off with time. Be humble enough to accept your mistakes and even some that aren’t yours. You don’t have to be right all of the time and you mustn’t always try to do everything without support (moral, physical, spiritual etc).