CAREERS & JOB SKILLS
PetroLMI has launched an expansion
Career Explorer, which allows users to browse, search and compare
more than 100 occupations in the oil and gas industry, as well as
explore their transferable skills to other occupations and other
"With some positive momentum in the oil
and gas sector, this tool can help job seekers match their skills and
qualifications to a number of occupations in the industry. It can also
help oil and gas workers determine what competencies and training will
be required if they want to move into other occupations -- whether
that's to a more senior position or a different occupation altogether,"
said Carol Howes, Enform's vice-president of communications and
PetroLMI. "Employers can also use the tool to look at compatible
occupations for internal transfers and labour force adjustments."
Career Explorer provides information on
skills, education and training requirements as well as working
conditions in eight job categories: engineers, field workers, geoscience
professionals, marine and nautical services, trades, business and
operations support, operators and technology professionals. Each job
category includes a list of example job titles and corresponding
National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes as well as an overview
of in-demand occupations.
PetroLMI's website at
has also been revised to include updated information on working in the
industry, including the variety of activity across Canada, the kinds of
innovation and technologies that are currently underway and being used
and scholarships and grants available.
Career Explorer also provides an overview
of all that can be used by career practitioners to help chart career
paths. The self-assessment feature allows users to identify possible
entry points for candidates given their education level, work
preferences and critical knowledge and skills. Each profile also
includes information on career path possibilities and related
occupations, as well as a list of other industries that employ similar
JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group
Written by Julie Blais
They have the power to clarify, inform,
educate, inspire, and motivate. And on the job, what you say can make a
big difference in the way you're perceived, and whether or not you agree
with it, perception is a necessary component of professional success.
To help you communicate with confidence
and credibility, here are fifteen things you should never say at work.
- "It's not my job"
If you're requested to do something
that is out of your job description, it isn't always because a boss
is trying to take advantage of you (although that may sometimes be
the case). Often, it's because a manager believes you can perform
the task. It is, in a sense, a challenge, and if you respond with
"it's not my job," you're letting them know that you're not up to
that challenge (and, in some cases, not a team player).
If you feel as if you don't have the
time, resources, or skills to perform the task, let it be known, but
use this kind of response instead: "I can do this, but I may need
some clarification and assistance. Is there someone that can guide
me?" This makes it clear that it's out of the scope of your normal
tasks, but shows that you're willing to help the team and learn
- "It's not fair"
Bill Gates said it and your parents
probably did too: life is not fair. We all have to cope with
challenges and obstacles. If there is an issue you encounter at
work, assemble the facts, book a meeting with your manager, and
discuss it. You don't, however, want to talk about fairness. You
want to instead focus on how this issue is affecting your
performance and job satisfaction.
- "I think that ...
This is a natural way to bring up an
opinion for many people, but it's not a very persuasive way to
present ideas. To seem more sure of yourself, replace it with words
of conviction: "I believe that," "I am certain that," or "I trust
- "I will try to
Ooh la la, when I hear this sentence,
I lose confidence right away. It implies that there is the
possibility that whatever I am requesting, may not be done. Instead,
use "I will ... " and my confidence in you will instantly return. If
you think you're unable to do it within the timeline, say so and
present a more realistic option.
- "Maybe it's
stupid, but ... "
By saying that it's stupid, you just
minimized your own words and ideas. You are thus sowing doubt.
Others may think "If it's stupid, maybe he's stupid?"
Remove this preface. State your ideas
clearly and confidently. "I have a suggestion... " or "Have
you ever thought about it this way?" are ways that you can preface a
suggestion that are far more confident.
- "I don't have
time to talk right now"
If the phone rings and you're
incapable of talking, don't take the call! Let your voicemail do its
job. Otherwise it may come across the wrong way. Similarly, if you
run into someone at the office and you're in a hurry, tell them and
offer to book a meeting later to discuss whatever is on their mind.
This shows that you value your co-workers and clients, as well as
your daily agenda!
- "To be honest
with you" or "To tell you the truth"
It may seem silly, but prefacing
statements this way can make the person you're talking to
think "Were you lying to me in the past?" or "Have you been keeping
things from me?" Cut out these phrases to remove any doubt about
your honesty and transparency.
- "Always" or
As Obi-Wan Kenobi said in Star Wars,
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." Asserting something in this way
could put you in an embarrassing situation in the future.
- "Impossible" or
"It can't be done"
Nobody likes a negative and
pessimistic attitude. If you're asked to do something, it's because
they believe it's possible and they believe in you. If you have
concerns about actually getting it done, respond instead with, "Let
me look into our options and resources, and I'll get back to you. "
- "It's just a
If you have to say this, it's
probably because you've upset someone. Instead of saying it was a
joke, it might be better to to apologize for your insensitivity (and
keep future jokes to yourself).
- "I just want to
know" or "I just want to say"
These words are superfluous. They
denote hesitation and a lack of confidence. Avoid them. Be direct
and say what you mean.
- "Maybe" or "It
When you are asked a question, a
clear answer is almost always preferred. Strive to say "Yes" or "No"
or at least present options. If you need additional information, ask
for clarification. If it's a matter of time, add these details.
- "$ # @% ?! "
Workopolis has in the past written
about why it may be good to swear at work, but I would disagree.
Cursing at work can paint a negative picture of your character and
professionalism, both of which can minimize your credibility and
reduce your chances of advancement.
- "WOW! Fan-tas-tic!":
all day long
If everything is great, nothing is.
Right? It's one thing to be positive, but if you over do it, you'll
only end up annoying some of your colleagues.
- "No problem"
This seems to be an increasingly
common replacement for "You're welcome." The thing is, it can give
the wrong impression, namely that the person asking for your help
has been a bother. After all, who said anything about there being a
problem? Instead, stick to the tried and true "you're welcome" or
"my pleasure," and you will come across as being much friendlier.
Well, there you have it. I know, it's
probably easier to write than to do. But it can be done. Start by
observing others. What do they say and what reactions do they get? What
works well in meetings, conversations, negotiations, and presentations?
With your observations, and the tips in this post, you'll soon be
communicating in a positive way, broadcasting confidence and