The Global Edge recently made an appearance at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). It’s an annual conference in Houston that concentrates on offshore resources for oil and gas, specifically drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.
Our purpose in attending the event was to glean more knowledge about our industry and make new business connections for the company.
Here are stories from three of our recruiters about what attending the conference meant to them.
Making the Best of Things – Naomi Borg, Business Development Manager, Australia
We all know that the OTC is the busiest function in Houston (over 2000 exhibitors, over 50,000 attendees). We also know that it’s one of the greatest networking events in the States for the oil and gas industry, definitely in Houston – arguably the world.
And we also probably know – it’s exhausting. People get tired. Participants can be daunted.
But for all your professional networkers out there – don’t lose your sense of humour – and never fail to spot a potential opportunity amongst all the madness.
On the second day of this largest of functions in this largest of industries, I was scheduled to attend the “Australian Breakfast”. The breakfast was set to begin at 7:30 am, thus I arrived 7:00am sharp. However – there was a minor spanner in the works. I had booked online which meant I had to stand in line with a print out of my registration confirmation. The small problem? The registration line didn’t open till 7; 30am. The start of the breakfast? Also 7:30am. Did I mention the length of the line? Well it was L-O-N-G!! Like Black Friday shopping line long.
People were becoming – how can I say this succinctly – cranky. And yet all I could hear around me was Australian accents. My remark – well it sounds like we’re all going to the same place, so let’s all relax.
But the gentleman right in front of me (the only person in front of me) with the strongest of Aussie accents – well low and behold – he was from Perth – and he was the MD of just the massive Australian/ American Petroleum company I was hoping to make contact with during my stay in Texas.
God bless Texas – and God bless the OTC.
Danielle Jeftha – Recruitment Consultants, Cape Town
It was my first visit to the Houston and what better reason than to attend OTC. It was on my connecting flight over here from Amsterdam that I realized just how big OTC is – yes I even got a few business cards while standing in line at Immigration! When I arrived at OTC, as a novice in the industry I found it particularly daunting and in one word “huge”. It was a real eye opener for me to see just how big our industry is and it made me so excited! What fascinated me the most was 3D models and technical things (though I have no idea how they work). To see models of things such as “Christmas trees” and drills made the new language I had been learning the past few months come to life.
Naturally, I started in the South African corner, spoke to a few people from SAOGA (South African Oil and Gas Alliance). It was great to see a few familiar faces and friendly and to be introduced to a few contacts in South Africa which may be very interesting.
I come away from OTC with some good leads, spoke to some amazing people, some of which are currently recruiting in Mozambique and other parts of Africa. All in all, a good day at the “office” for me. Impressed, amazed and extremely excited about our industry.
Gracie Gutierrez – Recruitment Consultant, Houston
Wow- As newbie in the industry and first time at OTC I can truly say it was an exciting and overwhelming experience. It can really test your confidence and ability. It’s a mad house really. Once I took some time to take it all in, got familiar with the layout and worked on my “pitch” the day flew by!
So my day went a little like this….
I had a lunch seminar, Midstream Gas Monetization, that originally seemed to peak an interest… but after having lunch and giving it a fair chance, I was anxious to get back to where all the action was happening. I was able to catch back up with Andy, who is a go-getter, straight to the point kind of guy; Grant, our silent superstar; and Monika, who happens to be soft spoken, yet aggressive- ALL awesome.
I then observed as they took their approach to develop new business development leads. At this point in the day I was ready, or at least felt more comfortable to approach some of the companies that I knew could be potential clients. Once those doors were opened, I felt I had nothing to fear.
The REAL bummer was that once I had gained my confidence, it was time to call it a day. Although nothing can prepare you for your first time at OTC, there is a lesson to be learned. Study the map beforehand, and plan to spend two days next year!