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BocaNY



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Oil Rig Jobs? Reply with quote

Hello. My friend is interested in working on an oil rig teaching English. Has anyone worked on one before and could give some feedback. Also where can he find openings and what is required to get such a job? My friend's qualifications are:


Bachelors and Master's in Engineering.
4 years teaching at the University level and 2 years teaching English aboard


Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Cheers!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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2 years teaching English aboard

aboard an oil rig?

I've worked with the oil and gas industry, but have never heard on English being taught on a rig.
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BocaNY



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was told by one of my CELTA instructors that it was possible and really good pay. I was told that you work on the rig since they get limited time off onshore. Is this right or wrong?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far as I know, wrong, but I can't claim to know the whole world of oil rigs. There is really limited room on a rig (ever visited one?) and not much space for anything that's non-essential. English language teacher would probably fit into the non-essential category in most cases Shocked , though I guess there could be some exception somewhere.
In my experience, there are actual classrooms on land for oil rig workers.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's virtually true:

http://corporate.languagelab.com/?p=1513

Regards,
John
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BocaNY wrote:
I was told by one of my CELTA instructors that it was possible and really good pay. I was told that you work on the rig since they get limited time off onshore. Is this right or wrong?

I'd say that it is wrong, but then misinformation about teaching in the Middle East is rampant. We've had many teachers on here over the years who have taught or are teaching in the oil industry, but the classrooms seem to be on land.

I suggest that your friend get on The Google and find the names of the various companies around the Gulf... like ARAMCO (in Saudi) and ADNOC (in the UAE) etc. Check out their websites for hiring. We have one member here who teaches in the oil industry in Libya. (see the Libya thread on this branch)

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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Maybe it's virtually true:

http://corporate.languagelab.com/?p=1513

Regards,
John


Wow, English city has oil reserves! Who knew??
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gulf (Persian or Arab depending) has oil rigs. English is NOT taught there but is taught at training centres onshore.

A moral of this tale could be, "Do not listen to your CELTA trainer."
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Daktari



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:00 am    Post subject: I've worked for 5 oil companies. Reply with quote

There are very few jobs on rigs but they do exist.

There are some jobs in offshore locations like Das Island (Abu Dhabi) and Halool (Qatar).

There are many jobs upstream in field locations, especially in Libya. These are always rotations and starting salaries are around the $65,000 mark with free food, housing, flights and worldwide med insurance.

Smart Specialists, Gulf Talent, Naukrigulf, Oilcareers.com, Trovit and direct applications should get you on track.

Read up on materials like the OUP Oil and Gas 2-book series.

Above all, don't apply if you are 1-an EFL weirdo, 2-an EFL 'wonderteacher' or 3-Gay. None of that goes down well with colleagues in an upstream, closed environment situation.

I've worked in Qatar, Saudi, Libya and Kuwait in this sector ;-)
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BocaNY



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Daktari for the information. My friend is not that type of EFLer that you mentioned , I can see him working as part of the crew and what not.

Once again thanks. I'll look into. Cheers,
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