OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Monday, May 25


QUESTION: For anyone with experience in oil & gas, especially those who have had bad-to-average grades:

How did you do it? I'm sitting at a GPA<2.8, but I have a relevant first co-op in process engineering, but not O&G. Despite my relevant knowledge with piping, pumps, unit operations, etc., will I be filtered out right away because of my marks/second year pleb-ness? I'm really worried that if I don't get in the industry soon, I never will because of lack of experience.

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  1. I've done two co-op terms (my second and third) in O&G and I had bad grades (cumulative 63 average at the time). Essentially I was able to get these co-ops because I had a lot of relevant experience to the job postings on my resume, as well as an Outstanding first co-op evaluation.

    My best advice to you is to take your knowledge of piping, pumps, etc and figure out a way to incorporate them into a side project, so you can demonstrate your skill. I also recommend becoming a member of the campus Society of Petroleum Engineers and involving yourself in their activities. Anything related to O&G that you could talk about in an interview will help.

    Once you get one O&G co-op, it is much easier to be considered for others.

    Some companies will simply not consider you because of your GPA, regardless of how much practical experience you have, but many do not look at your grades at all.