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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
(02-03-2013 08:01 PM)Scoop Wrote:  Thanks Linotype for your reply.

Thank you Scotian for your reply, not just to me, but to everyone who asks a question, however banal.

There is a recurring theme running through this thread. There is plenty of well-paid work in Alberta. No matter how often we hesitaters ask questions about our trades or nationalities or the cold or whether we will be able to find our favourite brand of minty toothpaste in Fort Mac, the fact will always remain. We are asking questions whilst the doers are doing and reaping the rewards.

My main question was about my advanced age. Linotype gave me three great examples of people older than me who are all well employed up there. That's enough for me. Irishman's story of how he hustled with a suit and an empty briefcase, knowing full well that when he got the break he would have the stones to do the job is just inspirational. Ferros last post is like a bible that I will use to hit the ground running.

So I'm coming out in two or three weeks. I am now confident that I will get a job of some kind, and I know that it's all down to me if I don't. Will I be able to hack the work? I don't know. I can stand the loneliness of being away from family, the cold, the repetition and the being shouted at. But the 84 hour + weeks? I've never done that before so I don't know, but I'm a worker. I'd like to think that they'll have to dig me out of a snow drift before they sack me.

A bientôt.

I wouldn't worry too much about the work hours, yes 84+/week is a lot but you won't be working the entire time, there's always safety meetings, paper work to fill out, breaks and a lot of time just sitting around waiting for the next thing to happen.

Just follow all of the advice on the thread and apply to as many positions as you can in all different sectors: pipeline, construction, refineries, oil sands, drilling, etc. Get as many interviews as possible and see what happens.

Don’t sweat the petty things, pet the sweaty things.
02-03-2013 10:13 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - scotian - 02-03-2013 10:13 PM
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