Skip to comments.Would Like To Get My Son A Summer Job (Vanity)
Posted on 05/18/2014 5:30:20 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
My son just completed his Freshman year of college, and is Moving out here to Texas with me and the wife for the summer. Where I live, there's tons of minimum wage jobs and I think he can get on pretty quickly. However, I think he should take advantage of the Texas BOOM Economy, and try to get something in either Construction or The Oil Patch.
I’ve seen and gotten that web site. Seems the only jobs are for experienced Petroleum Engineers who’ve been in the field for 4-10 years.
Just kidding ...
Good luck for your kid...
I spend 11 wonderful years in Cowtown...great town..
We used to hire summer help to work in the supermarkets...
I know the beer companies also do that..
Might be worth a try...
Pay was normally pretty decent...but the work was hard...
Tell him to apply for a billion dollar grant from the Government to setup an Obamacare registration center. Nobody has to do any work and you get paid to boot.
What is the boys area of study in college?
let him find his own job
Maybe you should back off. Your child needs to grow into a man now. Let him find ( or fail to find) a job by his own efforts.
I’m on the production side of the oil business so I can’t really help much but there’s a ton of job opening’s here in the Basin. We all start at the same level out here so he needs to jump in where he can, roustabout, pulling unit’s or drilling rig’s is where we get our feet wet. If he’s going for an engineering degree most companies will pick him up for summer help. The key is you have to go where the work is. Your area has kinda dried up due to the dry gas and most of the rig’s have moved West and South chasing wet gas and oil, so he’s either going to have to go North, South or West. Truck drivers are in high demand right now so taking this time and getting him a CDL is a worthy adventure, they’re running their butts of but they’re also making 65 to 100 thousand a year. Not bad for someone just getting into the business.
I have to disagree, never back off! This is the point in life where they need support and direction.
If he is looking just for summer, try ‘temp agencies’ in the area where he would like to work.
They have many types of jobs. They are also used by many companies as screeners for potential permananet jobs.
If he is going to school for something useful then he will probably want a resume enhancing summer job so that he will actually have some experience useful when he graduates. If he is studying something useless encourage him to get and oil job and stay there and never go back to school.
What is his major? I would have him go into that job as an intern.
No suave y habla espanol no construction. Pinche hispanics dont like working with gringos
I found that you need to know somebody to get a leg into the Oil patch, and I was just trying folks here on Freerepublic who might know someone. It'll be up to my son to not screw up.
“What is his major? I would have him go into that job as an intern.”
If he is seeking a degree that still is worthwhile, interning is the way to go.
If he can’t find an intern position that is related to the degree, he needs to get another degree.
Support yes but the direction should have been laid out well before now. I’m assuming a Freeper parent would have done this. Too many parents keep treating their adult children like infants. There is a time to let go. This child is a sophomore in college. It’s time.
That said, I probably will back off.
I would suggest he head West, we’re just now tapping into the Cline Shale and they’re looking for anybody willing to work. Get his butt out here and knock on a few doors, most likely he’ll go to work the same day. Just a word of warning, he may walk into something he won’t want to leave due to the pay.
Don’t make the mistake of turning a cold shoulder to your Son.
I understand what some of these folks are saying, He has to make his way, but never turn a cold shoulder to him.
If I had the back for it I would be there now.
Its gonna be hella tough in a few months.
Roughnecking in Midland in Aug?
Pay him the 7 bucks an hour and let him go intern in his field of study. In the new age, experience and connections will trump just the degree. If he interns in us field of study, when he graduates he will have 4 years of experience vs the kid who works in Micky D’s all summer with the same degree.
I do electrical in the oil patch in Alberta, it’s a great trade and good pay, I’d recommend seeing if he can get on and start his apprenticeship there, that or instrumentation.
I am out of work with 32 years experience in Tx.
Connections are key, but life aint so simple now.
You can’t get a job at McDoDo’s without going through some BS automated computer process that never allows you to actually interview.
I think this OP Father is wise to try to find an ear.
You need an inside ear.
“Roughnecking in Midland in Aug?”
Been there done that, that’s why I worked morning towers. Let me add that it took awhile but I also went to school and got my PE degree. I don’t work morning towers anymore!
I concur with Dusty, I wish that when I was 18 someone gave me a firm lead on which way to head and what to do. Young men need a guiding hand.
That sounds great.
Love Alberta and have tons of Electronic experience (32 years)
Built Oil well caps in Ohio (welder) 6 years
But The main gig I’m interested in is the electronic technology to monitor flow.
Drop me a line if there’s a need.
Then that’s good a few suggestions never hurt. You have to trust the foundation you laid down while he was growing up. I’m not going to say backing off is easy, I sometimes walked behind closed doors and cried. Life’s lessons come in many forms, some of them are failure.
Hannity’s web site has links to people hiring in the oil business.
Don’t you know Oil is verboten!! /s
Unicorn farts are the new gold!
Yes they do and that’s and that’s why Fathers are so concerned, we look back at our lives and where we would have made changes. Never stop trying to do the right thing for your children! Pop is 93 years old and he looked me in the eye’s and told me “I’m so proud of you”, I’m a pretty tough Old West Texas boy but that comment brought me to tears. No telling where I would have ended up if it wasn’t for him, he is my Hero! Never give up on your kid’s!
Buy him a lawn mower...Here in Ohio, he’d do really well.
Getting lawn work done here is like pulling teeth!
I hope it works out for your son and you. Work is good for teenaged boys!
Amen, and no shame in shedding a tear over things like that. I’m glad to hear you made your father proud. I’ll never give up on mine either.
RigZone is still a tool to use.
Companies rarely run adds for an “intern” or summer level position.
It does tell you which companies are hiring. Those same folks that want experienced labor hands are also needing just plain hands. Send to the same address and contact, and send a lot of inquiries.
Young men need a guiding hand.
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Give a young man a direction to search is hardly the same as getting the job for him.
Family is family and the father is the bedrock of it all.
My Father fought in WW11, the day I got on the bus to head to Fort Polk Louisiana he shook my hand and called me a man. When I got wounded in 71 he was waiting for me to come off the plane in Frisco and stayed with me until I was able to travel. He was there the day I was sworn in as a Peace Officer in the great state of Texas and was there the day we hit our first well many years later. I owe everything to the support and love my Father gave us kid’s. I’ve got 3 girl’s and 3 grandkid’s and my wish is to be half the Man he is. I’ll be seeing him for lunch. He’s blind now and needs special care but he still like’s his drink of whisky and old memories.
Appreciate that Dusty.
My dad’s story is too long to go into but he loved his country and it rewarded his hard, hard work as we used to be able to hope for and count on in this land.
I put him through some years of minor hell but he never turned against me for that either and he lived to see me tell him he was right about matters damned near across the board, and lived for many years after that too.
Even beyond his endless hard work the thing that was astonishing about him was that he told the truth. He might have been wrong about a few things, and wrong-headed about a few more, but as a grown man he didn’t lie, not ever that I know of.
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