October 2016

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Reliability: Reassess and redirect your approach to a long-term career

It was not too long ago that a prospective employee could expect a 30-year career within an oil refinery or a petrochemical plant.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It was not too long ago that a prospective employee could expect a 30-year career within an oil refinery or a petrochemical plant. Overall, the qualifications for such jobs were dependability, integrity and the desire to learn. It helped to maintain a focus on being better than average. For most of us, being in the upper 50% of professional performers was not difficult. Our goal was not necessarily to display a passion for our job; instead, it was to carry out our assignments well enough that our absence would have been noted. Advice for job holders Chances are that not much has changed in this assessment. For someone who is presently employed, this philosophy is still the general roadmap

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