“I’ve been working in the Oil and Gas industry for a while as a cost engineer but I’m concerned about the downturn in the industry. Any advice on how to make a move away from this industry?”
Roles like cost engineer – project controls, schedulers, planners – are almost always found in industries that I like to call “heavy project management” or highly regulated industries like construction, engineering, manufacturing and of course oil and gas. Your existing experience should suit these industries perfectly already so that should be the first area for you to research. You may also find that the terminology for roles within these industries varies slightly so make sure you understand that before tweaking your resume and making approaches or applications to those organisations.
You may find it more difficult to branch further out into industries such as I.T or finance. These sectors are often worlds apart from the more regulated industries when it comes to how projects are managed. Of course that depends on how determined you might be to try a completely different industry but be warned, many organisations won’t consider you if they already have enough applicants with more direct prior experience.