Work Tests

I don’t know why when I started this blog I actually thought I would have time to update it regularly. I have a toddler, a part-time job, and a baby on the way… It is rare to have an evening with time to myself lately, so finding time to write for the blog is becoming...
End of Summer Break

End of Summer Break

Happy Labor Day! I’m happy to finally have some time to write for my blog again! This summer has flown by – I feel like I blinked and it’s over. I think it flew by quicker than normal for me because I was so busy all summer. I took several trips traveling for...

Traveling for work

As I have discussed previously in my Plant Engineer post, earlier in my career I travelled frequently for work. I was traveling at least monthly on overnight trips for two years. After awhile, all the staff at the hotel I stayed at knew me by name. Sure, it’s nice to...

Challenging times

One of the hardest things I’ve faced as an engineer has been company layoffs. It can happen to engineers working in almost any industry. Right now the oil and gas industry is in a downturn due to oversupply and less demand causing low oil and gas prices. While...

Just a bachelor’s degree

I know this sounds crazy because I’m an engineer but I’m the least educated person in my family! My dad is a podiatrist and has a doctoral degree in podiatric medicine (DPM). My mom has a masters in business (MBA). My sister is a pathologist and has a MD. My brother...

Welcome Home

Much like our flight to Australia, our flight back to the US was filled with nervous-excitement. If I had to take the world’s longest flight while 10 weeks pregnant, at least it was in business class. Boarding the flight I had a sense of deja vu, we were on our...

Change of heart

While living and working in Australia I experienced some of the greatest times of my life. But I went through a period where I didn’t love working as an engineer. Since I switched disciplines from plant engineering to reservoir engineering (a role in which my...

Next stop, Australia!

My husband and I took our business class seats before a 14 hour flight to Australia on a night in late September. It was our first time flying in a class higher than economy, and it was amazing. We got to spend time in the business class lounge at the airport before...

International Work Opportunity

One good thing about working for a major oil and gas company is they have offices all over the world. Occasionally, there are opportunities for expat assignments if you have the right skills and experience for the job. Shortly after my husband and I were hired by a...

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