Month: July 2017

What’s Your Legacy?

It’s fitting I write this post tonight just hours before this amazing community, Women Offshore launches.   It warms my heart because it reminds me of a journey I took not too long ago myself. Three years ago I was just beating cancer a second time, jobless (a choice I made) and exploring what I wanted to do next. I took a sabbatical.  It didn’t last long after years in the global corporate life, two battles with cervical cancer, a wedding, a surprise birth, and some great marathon running in between – at nearly 40, I was wondering how...

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Lean In with Pink Petro

WomenOffshore would like to introduce you to Pink Petro, a community in energy of men and women. In 2014, it was reported by Oil & Gas UK that women only make up 3.6% of the total offshore population. We reported previously that in 2015, The American Petroleum Institute disclosed that out of nearly 1.3 million job opportunities in the oil & gas and petroleum industries, only 185,000 are to be occupied by women. WomenOffshore wants to increase these numbers, and we need YOU to help us. It is common to hear successful people credit mentors who helped them achieve...

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Resume Writing Service for Marine Professionals

WomenOffshore is excited to announce that Job Propeller, a resume writing service for marine professionals, was launched in May of 2017! Founded by Sheila Lafleur to provide industry specific resume writing services to shore side and seagoing maritime professionals, Job Propeller is the first of its kind. Sheila has helped hundreds of job seekers propel their careers while working as a maritime recruiter for 8 years. “I identified one major area in which marine industry professionals were lacking; I saw very few well-written resumes. Many qualified candidates did not secure the interview because they didn’t effectively translate their experience into a targeted...

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Submarine Pilot: Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover

It is 5:30 a.m. in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in Flemish Pass Basin of Newfoundland’s Grand Banks.  The first sunlight that North America will see that day comes up over the horizon and skims the water, turning the ocean shades of tangerine and peach. On this semi-submersible drilling rig, operations are getting ready to run riser pipe and begin another drilling campaign.  I pass by a third-party unit on deck to see them lowering down the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for a morning swim, to assist in monitoring the joints as they are rigged up on the...

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Stress: Reduce and Reuse

Stress. It seems to be ever-present in our daily lives, both at work and at home. It feels like there is always something to be stressed out over, whether it’s a large assignment, concern over the oil industry’s prospects, the health of a parent, or a child who is struggling in school…the list is endless. Doctors will tell you that you need to find ways to reduce stress in your life, because it causes blood pressure to increase. There’s a reason many headaches are diagnosed as stress headaches, I suffer from them myself.   Stress can pile up… In...

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