As low oil prices continue to shake down the industry, we’re left wondering: where do I fit in, how can I possibly make it? While it was disheartening to hear of the recent layoffs from members of the breakfast, I was encouraged by the fervor for new opportunities and a leaner, meaner industry, so to speak.
You’ve heard it time after time; this industry is small, and everybody knows everybody. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “Oh, Gunnison? I’ve got a house up there”, or “I ski Crested Butte from time to time”. It was an easy ice breaker, and served as a reminder that despite being in the middle of nowhere, we’ve got industry professionals all around us. A number of alumni, easily identified by the “W” logo on their lapel, stopped by the Western booth to get to know us. The genuine interest and time spent was a clear indicator that we are a tight group, and Western State graduates are proud of the program and everything that we’re doing.
Take the time to network and get to know your classmates well, these are the easiest connections to make and will pay dividends for years to come.
Houston NAPE was encouraging. As I walked the floor, I could see new connections being made, deals being negotiated, and business carrying on as if oil was at $100. While navigating the 14.6 acre floor, we introduced ourselves to a variety of company representatives and garnered curiosity, compliment and support. We’re different, and people are intrigued by that. Western has a fantastic program, and I enjoyed explaining why. NAPE was a great opportunity to represent Western State and the PLRM program.