After 6 years in the military, I thought that I had the experiences and skills I needed to begin a good civilian career. I had a business degree, good references, and (I thought) a strong resume.
I worked a few maritime jobs as a deckhand at first, but I needed to take several thousand dollars worth of classes in order to upgrade to a better job. Because of the economy, entry level white collar jobs were very difficult to find as older people stay longer. In a story that is echoed across America, I applied for hundreds of jobs, getting few responses and no interviews. Blue collar work was available, but the pay was too low my goals.
I had heard about the Bakken Formation and the North Dakota Oil Boom, along with the non-existent unemployment rate and the entry level jobs that paid $80,00o a year. After much thought and prayer, I built a wood camper on the back of my old Ford F150, loaded it with everything I thought I would need, and headed east from Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to Williston, North Dakota.
After a few weeks in town, through hard work and the grace of God, I found a great oilfield job with a casing company.
I began this blog so that I could tell other hard working, down on their luck people in America about the opportunities that await them here.