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Old 07-12-2018, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Jetta_Geo View Post
Hi all, I need an advice. I graduated with bs in geophysics this May, had a couple of interviews. One of them I feel really confident about. It's an entry level lab tech in fluids testing lab, not really geophysics related, pays about 24k. My question is, in the reality of job market, absence of experience, should I take it, had I been made an offer? My concern is, time is precious and i don't want to become damaged goods for employers one yr from now being without job. On the other hand, perhaps I should keep on looking and find something more related to my degree and with more $$?
I could be crazy, but $24000/52/40 is $11.53/hr...for a Bachelor in Science degree? That is crazy low in my opinion. But something is better nothing.

To put it in perspective, Buckys the gas station pays a cashier $16/hr which is 30% more than that.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:22 PM
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Take the job. You'll get experience, make contacts, and like the other's said, it's a reference for another job. If you do well there another job may open up from people you interact with. Go, be social, be happy, and work hard. If the job's in Houston, even better. There are lots of companies that deal with your field. Remember you have to start somewhere.
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:28 AM
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I'm a nontraditional and this is my second bachelor, first was in finances from Ukraine. Master's degree is not an option for me now. My family won't survive financial stress of paying for school and I'm almost 40. Tough position, I know. Female, 40, no experience, but I'm hopeful.
Thank you all for inputs. i was kinda thinking that it's better to be employed than sitting while the gap on your resume grows.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:21 AM
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Have you tried applying to A&D firms/banks (boutiques or bulge brackets) for geo tech roles? If you know how to handle geo tools/database etc and basic mapping, you should really consider this option. The hours will be longer than your typical 9-5 but it will also pay you more and you can then move on to an operator with the skillset you'd gain.
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:45 AM
Location: Humble, TX
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One of the hardest jobs you have is the one you are looking for. Take the job, if offered, but never stop looking. In current employment environment, networking is probably your biggest asset. Get on LinkedIn and start trying to connect with people in your field. Getting to work in your field, or something close, can facilitate this as well.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:03 AM
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I knew a guy who tests core samples on an offshore rig in Nigeria all day long and he makes six figures. I suppose it is possible to make good money working in a lab but the lifestyle is going to suck. If you can advance and get raises quickly in the 24k job then maybe it is a foot in the door.
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:52 PM
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I agree. Something is better than nothing. Take it and start looking for other opportunities. Make contacts and network.
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:25 PM
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I would take it to get some experience. Then keep looking for something better.
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