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Old 02-16-2013, 11:05 PM
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'construction project' shift!

Hi Guys,

I am new to this forum. I have practice architecture and Project management in the UK. However I have some questions and hoping to get them answered by the well-capable members of this forum. Here is my case;

At this point in my career, I am sincerely considering shifting into a different industry, but not completely, to plan and schedule projects! My question - Is it possible to easily plan,schedule and estimate projects within the Oil/Gas Industry as a contractor(myself) even though most of my experience is within Construction? I have plans to focus mainly on planning projects for Oil companies. Can you advice on whether it would be difficult to get involved as a Project planner? Do I need experience in the oil industry to get involved in planning and estimating projects?

A few things:

1. I might eventually consider being a Project Manager in that industry but right now, my primary intention is to work as a project planner - MS Project, Primavera, Reports etc. On the other hand, is it possible to provide only this service in the construction industry?

2. I plan to do this alongside my construction job. I plan to start a freelance company which will provide strictly such services to the Oil industry with primary focus in Alberta.

Can provide advise regarding my plans. Do you think we could get a job to plan and schedule oil projects even though there is no experience in the industry? If not, how do you think we can convince companies or develop ourselves towards providing such services? Is there anyone out there who made a shift from Construction to the oil industry?

There are several inquiries here but if you can make an attempt, I will be sincerely grateful.


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