So if you are going to start your offshore careers as a Roustabout you
will want to get the best possible start and find out how to get
promoted. Have you ever noticed how some people who are not
necessarily the best at the job, still get promoted? They have a
natural ability to influence people and be their friends at the same
Everyone is watching you especially in
the early days of employment. An example of this is a Driller, looking
for a Roughneck, will watch the Roustabouts when he gets the chance
and talk to others about the Roustabouts. He will ask people he meets
as he does his work, or in the 'smoko shack', he will also ask your
The following goes for everybody
looking for promotion into a different department. Whether it be a
Roustabout looking for a job as a Roughneck or a qualified mechanic
employed on the rig as a Roustabout looking for a motorman's job.
To get into the department you are
skilled in, it is not enough to present your certificates to the rig
personnel supervisor and hope they will think of you automatically
when the next position comes up. You must put great effort into
pursuing the job you want, you have to constantly remind them of your
skills and intentions.
Do whatever it takes, for example go
and talk to every person in that department, get to know them on a
friendly basis initially, but do tell them of your trade. Some workers
will be wary of helping someone who maybe after their job.
So go carefully, make friends and don't
be too pushy. If possible arrange it with the head of the department
you are interested in and the head of the department you are currently
working for, for you to take some time off your present work to work
in your skilled area.
A word of warning however, you will probably be
on three months probation for your Roustabouts job, and it is up to
your direct supervisor whether you stay or not. So your first priority
is to your present job, doing it well and waiting for the right
opportunity to arise.