Most offshore jobs do not require prior experience in oil drilling or related industries, especially those that are entry-level ones. There are various entry-level offshore jobs available on the market and relatively low number of applicants that are going to work offshore, therefore it is quite probable that you get recruited even you have never worked at the oil rig or in the oil extraction sector at considerably higher salary than it would be available at any other sector.
Offshore jobs are more about what kind of person you are, than what you actually know and what kind of work experience you have. Offshore jobs are quite specific involving tough working conditions and being away from your family and friends for a long time. If you agree on this, with high probability you can get into this sector of the economy. All you need is to get your resume/CV to the right people in this field. If you are trying to do this, we can link you to our partner company that can deliver your CV to over 1200 offshore employers. You can access our partner on this page.
It is important to realize that offshore rigs require professionals from different spheres of activity: crane operators, maintenance staff, painters, mechanics, electricians, doctors, cooks, their assistants, storekeepers and many other additional personnel not listed here. Do not think that you are not suitable for offshore jobs, but first check out what they are seeking and decide whether you with your personality and with your skills are suitable for such job.
Besides additional personnel oil rigs require basic workers that perform basic tasks at oil rigs. To be specific most of the job seekers are looking for a job of Roustabout (also often referred as Roughneck or floorman). By this term people mean oil rig unskilled, low-skilled or semi-skilled workers working at oil rigs. It is possible to find Roustabout job even if you do not have any experience and training in this field, but do have minimum training than it increases your chances to get hired substantially.
There are number of programs that can help you get relevant training for offshore jobs and help you understand the basics of the job that you are planning to apply for. These programs last for 1-8 weeks and hiring rates for the graduates are around 97%.
Here are listed few places, where you can get relevant training:
Maritime Drilling Schools: these schools have long experience and reputation of providing their 3-week program graduates for Roughneck vacancies. Trainings include drilling issues and safety norms;
Enform: petroleum industry training company. They are in this business for 50 years and help their graduates to find employment opportunities;
PetroSkills: it was formed by consortium of oil companies and serves their needs of training technicians, engineers and other staff;