It’s no secret that the oil industry will face the largest exit of employees over the next 5 years. We have all expected this Baby Boomer retirement exodus for the past decade, and it merely got delayed due to the recent economic downturn.

As with the many thousands of retiring oil refining hands out there, you’re likely planning your re-entry strategy after your formal “retirement”. You have observed a scarcity of technical proficiency left to fill the retirement void. Lack of corporate planning and a limited oil refining talent pool has provided the perfect opportunity for retirees to come back and provide consulting services for astronomical pay!

But wait, if this is what you really believe, you must understand that many good things are too good to be true. The reality is that the oil refining proficiency gap is smaller than you think – consulting services will be a dime-a-dozen. Read these tips to determine if you have what it takes to really make the cut, or if your time is better spent on the golf course.