The Global Edge sent two of our recruiters to the Oil and Technology Conference in early May. This was especially exciting as these recruiters are out of our Singapore office and are on their first trip to the United States. Read their perspectives below!
Fatima Soriano- Recruitment Consultant-Singapore
It was an amazing experience. It was my first time to visit Houston and one of the highlights of my visit was to attend OTC 2015. Since I don’t drive, I’m so grateful that I have an ever-energetic with an exotic accent colleague Darren to pick me up as early as 6am just nice to be in time for the tropical breakfast at 7:30am. Darren briefly shared an overview of what OTC is and that made me more excited and enthusiastic about it.
I was able to attend a tropical breakfast with a topic “Understanding the Challenges of Vietnam Fractured Basement Exploration, Drilling and Production” last Tuesday, May 15, 2015. Being a non-technical person, it was a good experience for me to know this type of information and also it was relevant to the market that I’m currently working on which is South East Asia.
I’ve been with few networking events, some exhibitions but I can say OTC is massive. Also, this is an event where you can meet all the people you want to meet. From the engineers, owners of the companies and also HR managers, you name it, they have it all! I like how the exhibit is organized per country and region so basically it was easy for me to choose which companies I like to speak to. It was nice to spend time with the bubbly and witty BreAunna when we did our networking in the happening place where the bigger names in the industry at. BreAunna and I went to some interesting companies, introduce ourselves, exchange business cards and had a quick chat. We met a lot of interesting people from different companies across the oil and gas industry. We met potential clients and candidates.
Overall it was a great experience minus the hassle of going out of the conference, all the way back to The Woodlands. I went back feeling tired, but at the same time taking back with me a wonderful experience.
Amrit Kaur – Recruitment Consultant – Singapore
Nothing but a 23 hour flight from Singapore can prepare you for one of the biggest events in the Oil & Gas industry which is the OTC!
Despite it being my first OTC event in Houston, I was all hyped up to get out there and reach out to companies and all sorts of people attending the event from all around the world. However, the seminar that I chose to attend did not have the best time slot.
Just a tip for future newbies going for the OTC event, try to avoid attending seminars or talks between 1 pm – 2pm. Reason being, all booths on display will start tearing down at 2pm, and you will not be allowed to enter the exhibition area.
There I found myself looking at empty booths with people moving around their stuff. But I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet with some companies that were on my List.
Overall, I would say that it was a great experience, I would personally look forward to attending such events in the future.