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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!
(08-02-2013 04:38 AM)MicTyson Wrote:  Been reading some other forums about the oilsands and rigs, and they offer relatively the same advice but unlike you guys these people all hate their lives and have nothing but negative things to say about the oil and gas industry. They also don't offer any encouragement at all.

Because working on the rigs sucks. It's why the pay is so high. Many Canadians aren't interested in moving to Alberta. While there's a considerable movement here from other provinces, considering Canada has a population of 35 million, Alberta's 3.5m is still miniscule in comparison.

Most of the movement here is of Europeans and Americans desperate for income (and in the past 10 years Canadians from Eastern Canada's former industrial towns), many of Europe's economies are shit. Broke in Spain or Britain, or overworked and underpaid in Germany. The oil sands is appealing.

Also many Canadian immigrants who don't have deep roots in other parts of the country are also moving here.

If you're living in Toronto, Vancouver, or even Montreal you can still make a good living and have a nice quality of life. You won't make 6 figures in 6 months, but you'll have access to higher quality women, bigger, better cities, more (non outdoors) activities and better weather.

Moving here is a good idea if you're like me, revel in a challenge and like an adventure, and got bored of the corporate lifestyle. Or of course if you come from a broke ass country in Europe.

As a Canadian citizen, it's better to see what you want out of life before you make a move. Can you live with lower wages, access to quality pussy in a centrally located part of town, access to a larger pool of people, all throughout the year? Or do you prefer to make tons of cash in short bursts, then possibly sit on your ass for a few months (the seasonal nature of work), and travel or work part time filler jobs? Some people revel in the former, some others prefer the latter. It's all subjective.

If you make the move, get a trade, don't be a roughneck or a labourer in the long run without a plan or you'll be 50 and hate your life. And be missing fingers.

My honest 2c.
(This post was last modified: 08-04-2013 02:24 PM by DjembaDjemba.)
08-04-2013 02:23 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - DjembaDjemba - 08-04-2013 02:23 PM