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Solving the Oil Industry Generation Gap

Today’s oil and gas workforce is full of Baby Boomers and the ranks of Generation Y, leaving Generation X sidelined in the industry and languishing in the black hole of oilfield knowledge, but a new oil website is hoping to bridge that gap.

On 1 October, David Kent, the creator of Rigzone.com, officially launched a new online meeting-place, Oilpro.com that hopes to promote the professional sharing of knowledge of oilfield operations and bridge the generational gaps in the industry.

Operating on the premise that increasing the flow of oil will necessitate increasing the flow of knowledge, Kent and co-founder Leland Richardson are hoping that global oil and gas professionals will use Oilpro.com as a key platform for exchanging ideas that could change the way the industry works.

“Oilpro was created as a free and open online exchange to facilitate the sharing of oilfield knowledge,” Kent said in a press release.

According to the founders, based on data compiled by Schlumberger Business Consulting, there is a critical gap in generations within the oil and gas industry that has essentially led to the skipping of Generation X.

“We are now faced with the challenge of bridging the knowledge gap between Baby Boomers and Gen Y. Using social media strategies that have worked well in other industries, Oilpro is set to help the industry bridge this gap,” according to the press release.

The website will act as a platform for peer interaction, and operate in cooperation with the industry to develop content.

Promoting Oilpro.com, Chris Barton of The Business Development Advisory (formerly of KBR, ABB, and Technip) said, “I have no doubt that Oilpro will ultimately change the way the industry interacts and sources information. Oilpro has the potential to become the workday resource portal for oil & gas professionals.  It is a website where people can stay informed on the latest news and trends and interact with their peers, all while building their own personal brand by sharing knowledge in an effort to help others in the industry.”


By. James Stafford



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  • james on October 24 2013 said:
    Well the solution is simple. You don't need a website.
    Get rid of the young facebook/ linkedin recruiters and use real experienced recruiters and ask them to recruit the GenX instead. Why on earth is the industry so stupid?

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