Commence the rebrand

It's LinkedIn and Polywork official: I've left the oil and gas industry.

I couldn't be more excited. And it's hard to imagine how I could have gotten any luckier.

My new career

After nearly 14 years as a petroleum land professional, I will finally be using my marketing degree as a marketing specialist for a local IT services company.

During my job search, I focused on technical writing jobs while also testing other waters. Though this is a marketing position, my interest and studying of technical writing will come in handy as I communicate to potential clients why exactly IT support is crucial.

This job will marry so many of my interests: writing, marketing, and technology.

I couldn't have drawn it up better if I'd tried.

Appreciation for my old career

As I say goodbye to a career in oil and gas, I want to be sure to take a moment to say thank you. I can't imagine how my life would have shaped if I hadn't stumbled into the oil and gas business. I was lucky to have been in the right place at the right time—in the Barnett Shale in 2008 and the Permian Basin in 2012—when opportunities were plenty, allowing me to level up my career as if I had entered some kind of cheat code.

The oil and gas industry is where I cut my teeth as a professional. It's where all my greatest accomplishments have so far taken place.

For all these reasons and more, I am grateful.

But it's time to move on

All that said, my run in the oil and gas industry has come to an end. My mama told me never to wear out my welcome, and I may have already stuck around too long.

It's time for a change. It's time for new adventures.

But before I get too far down this path, I want to share a blog post about my job search journey, which I hope to do sometime in the next couple weeks.

Tags: #careers #branding


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