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2 Beyond Engineering By Dr. Mike O’Connor P.Eng., P.Geo., P.Geoph. Presented at the Queen’s Oil and Gas Seminar January 24, 2009 O’CONNOR ASSOCIATES Z

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4 Grad School Government Business Sc’09

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6 You may think that these decisions will impact your life forever…

7 That they’ll put you in a career tunnel from which you can’t escape

8 Nothing could be further from the truth

9 Any thoughtful moves you make today or tomorrow will likely Increase your skill set Build your personal network Make you more mature Give you a clearer perspective of your short and long-term options

10 But they are unlikely to constrain your future options, either in your personal or professional life

11 Engineering Geology and Geophysics

12 How does one get to here? from here? + 40 years

13 Looking back one thing is clear… We are unable to predict the future with the same degree of confidence that we apply to engineering and business calculations

14 We are particularly bad at predicting certain things:

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20 And yet our initial career decision is often based on 3 factors: Starting salary Job location Current relationships

21 Example #1 Ken turned down a great job in Calgary because his girlfriend was going to graduate school in Ottawa and he couldn’t bear to be without her for a couple of semesters. She dumped him for her lab partner in the first term.

22 Example #2 Joe started at a big company for $5000 per month and lots of perks Sarah joined a small company for $3000 per month and no perks

23 After 15 years Joe is a middle manager making $120,000 per year His career has stagnated and he’s afraid of being laid off during the recession Sarah is the CEO of a growing company that paid her a $500,000 bonus last year She’s strategizing ways to expand the company in spite of the recession

24 Example #3 Dick had 3 good job offers after graduation. He accepted the job in Toronto so that he could remain near his family and friends. He did well in the company and moved up rapidly, but then the company was sold to an American firm with a head office in Mississippi He was given a choice of move or quit

25 Bottom Line It’s very difficult to envisage where your career path may ultimately lead Be prepared to adapt and change as circumstances may dictate Treat all experiences as opportunities to grow and learn

26 Sc’68 Reunion

27 Teacher Professional photographer

28 Civil grad MBA Entire career spent at Esso as senior executive in jobs around the world 14 int’l moves,6 countries

29 Civil grad Rhodes Scholar in same class as Bill Clinton Masters in Management Studies from Oxford Became Director- General of National Parks Canada Professional photographer

30 Civil grad MBA Newsprint Industry Lawyer Master of the Supreme Court in BC

31 Electrical grad Exploration geophysicist LawyerEntrepreneur

32 Chemical grad Eye surgeon

33 Civil grad Harvard MBA Owns computer and food businesses in US and Canada Director of the Bank of Montreal Queen’s Board of Trustees

34 Geology and Geophysics grad Exploration Geophysicist MSc Geology PhD Civil Permafrost Research Marine Geologist Geotechnical Engineer Founded Canada’s first Geo-Environmental Consultancy

35 How can Queen’s grads in 2009 be assured of SUCCESS regardless of the career track that develops?

36 What is Success? The attainment of wealth, favour, or a position of prominence/superiority The attainment of wealth, favour, or a position of prominence/superiority A favourable or desired outcome According to the dictionary it is

37 Fact Most people equate success with business or a career Most people equate success with business or a career

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39 Success is making life’s journey as rich and stimulating an experience as possible, while fulfilling your obligations to those around you. My Definition of Success

40 But how do you choose the path that leads to success?

41 Personal Mission Statement You need a A compass to help you choose the right path

42 Your Mission Statement Should Be: Concise Easy to remember Broad enough to provide guidance under a number of circumstances Easily understood by others

43 My own mission statement was designed to help me address my: personal needs professional goals family responsibilities

44 Mike’s Mission Statement Have fun Do good work Earn a living

45 Life is a Carousel But you probably only go around once

46 Do Good Work

47 Wherever a man works, he leaves something of his soul Wherever a man works, he leaves something of his soul

48 Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence. Autograph your work with excellence.

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51 Problem When I first created my mission statement it was clearly not aligned with the goals of my employer

52 Start a different kind of company where these goals could be achieved Start a different kind of company where these goals could be achievedSolution

53 Stuff that Wouldn’t Matter Titles Making a Zillion Dollars Status Authority over Others

54 Stuff that Would Matter Having Fun Doing Good Work Earning a Living

55 Can it Work in Real Life?

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57 Good Work O’CONNOR ASSOCIATES ENVIRONMENTAL INC. Z

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59 O’CONNOR ASSOCIATES Z Geotechnical Engineering Engineering Geology Engineering Geophysics Environmental Engineering

60 John Agar Sc73 Doug King Sc70 Partners for 30 yrs

61 We have FUN!

62 Earn a Living

63 What does all this mean for new graduates in 2009?

64 Your real journey is just beginning Your career path is likely to be as diverse, and as interesting, as ours was But it probably won’t be predictable

65 Start by Acquiring as Many Professional Tools as Possible

66 Be thoughtful about each move you make

67 Build yourself a good network

68 Apply yourself to whatever tasks you’re given

69 But Learn to Keep a Balance Between Work and Play Z

70 Make lots of good friends, for they will sustain you when the going gets bumpy.

71 Define Your Own Vision of Success and Don’t be Afraid to Reach for it.

72 Develop Your Own Mission Statement to Guide You When Making Life’s Decisions

73 Oil & Gas Banking Manufacturing

74 Thank you O’CONNOR ASSOCIATES Z

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