/ Asked by pallavi
I just graduated with a bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and I got offered a job in an oil company. However, they have three areas I could go into. The first being the drilling division as a well engineer (though this looks more suited to someone with a background in petroleum engineering or mechanical engineering). The second, again in drilling division as a drilling chemical fluids engineer (mud and cement) and the last being integrity division as a Corrosion engineer. Given my background, which position would be ideal in the long run and in terms of career advancement/prospects? The company provides training for fresh graduates to integrate them into their position, but I worry that if I were a well engineer there would be unbridgeable gaps even if I completed training (since my bachelor's is in something entirely different.) Please advise.
Answered by Desiree, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Congratulations on this extraordinary opportunity! Your career offers that precious touch of design, invent or improve processes. The range of your capabilities is pretty broad but I guess you already knew that when mentioned that you have three possible areas to enter. I guess it’s more a matter of how comfortable you’ll feel on each of those areas. Before making any decision, I would suggest first to create a small chart with the possible career path for each of them.  Second, determine where you feel your knowledge can allow you to make an impact and third, take the opportunity.
Do not worry about the possible gaps before even starting the training, worry about not doing your homework properly before making a choice. If you are selected for the job is because you qualify for it. Be confident and after a careful analysis, you’ll choose wisely. Good Luck!    
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
First let me say congratulations on the offer.  Not all college grads are luck to have an offer.  All of the positions sound exciting and will provide you with great experience as a college grad.  The experience you will gain in the first several years will be helpful in understanding how to work effectively with others, working on teams and just gaining exposure to the culture.  You can't go wrong with any of these opportunites to help shape you for the future.  I would suggest you look at the role that you feel will excite you the most and then make your selection.

Good luck! 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Congratulations on receiving a job offer right out of school!  When looking at the role to accept it sounds like you are already taken the well engineering role off the table and are focused on the opportunities in the drilling division.  Given the two options I would encourage you to look at the one that you strongly feel you would both be able to quickly make an impact in but one that will also stretch you so that you continue to learn and grow.  Since the company is going to offer you a structured development program this should help you better assess what gaps you truly have as a new employee and what are maybe just nerves due to the new experience.  Keep in mind that the company would not have offered you all of those different roles if they did not believe that you were fully capable of being successful in each of them. 
As you go through their development program and as you learn more about what the expectations are for you in the role you ultimately select, make sure that you are having open and honest reviews with yourself and your manager to ensure that you are advancing at the pace that you should.  Many times a company will provide both time and funds for their employees to continue their professional development as it is ultimately a benefit to the company in the long run.  Best of luck in this new phase of your life!
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