Tough Times: From the older and wiser...

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It's been said that everyone in the oil and gas industry this year has had one of these three experiences: redundancy, the threat of redundancy, or the guilt of still having a job when your mates have lost theirs.  Tea Shack News spoke to several people who have some experience in this area and can help you cope with redundancy, boost morale offshore and help you with what to do next...

"I started working offshore in 1983 so I've seen a few downturns in my time.  This one is as bad as in 1986 and I hate to say it, I think this one will last until early 2017.  To make matters worse, the problems are worldwide so the flashy opportunities that existed overseas in the '80s are far and few between. 

"Having been paid off in '86, and having to make the difficult call on several occasions since, I've got a few pieces of advice.

"If you're facing redundancy, do not sit around and do nothing.  Jobs won't fall into your lap while you watch TV or have another pint at the pub.  Keep your training up to date, visit recruitment agencies at least once a week - be seen, be present - and take whatever job you can get. We don't have the privilege of being picky.  We're going to have to look outwith the oil and gas industry this time, so think about where you could use your skills - many industries in the UK are pretty bouyant right now." -  An anonymous oil and gas veteran...