Would working for a certain company now help me get an Engineer job with them later?

<p>I applied to an Exxon recently and they called me back for an interview.</p>

<p>If I do get the job it will simply be a Gas station Attendant/cashier.</p>

<p>But will working for Exxon now help me even slightly once a graduate as a Petroleum Engineer?
My goal is to land a job at Exxon as a Petroleum Engineer once I graduate. That is my top company.</p>

<p>The problem is the Exxon I got the interview at is 30 minutes commute. It may not be worth it unless working for Exxon for a few months will help my resume in the future.</p>

<p>Of course making money is nice too.</p>

<p>I will be entering my Sophomore year of college this fall.</p>

<p>Dude, c’mon. You already know the answer to this.</p>

<p>I dont think it would.</p>

<p>They are not going to care whether or not you worked for them as a gas station attendant, perhaps if you could get a job as an engineering tech you might have an “in” at a later time. But the gas station attendant job, my money is on no.</p>

<p>Well… It seems like if I get my foot in the door of the company it may give me a slight advantage. Of course I am also going to try and land an internship for Exxon in the future as a junior or senior.</p>

<p>Because it is near impossible to get an internship in the first year of college for any oil company I thought I might do the next best thing, which would be to work an Exxonmobil gas station.</p>

<p>Do you think that working for Exxon may at least give me an upper hand on scoring an internship with Exxon next year or the year after?</p>

<p>I doubt it would really help. Is it even a company-owned station, or a franchise?</p>

<p>It is company-operated.</p>

<p>Anything is possible but this seems very unlikely. You would be better served by getting a real engineering internship.</p>

<p>Trust me… I have tried to get an engineering internship but it is very difficult with only 1 year of college under my belt. Especially in this economy.</p>

<p>Do some interesting volunteer work then. Do something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Working at a gas station is a surefire way to NOT stand out.</p>

<p>I’m a rising sophomore and I got an engineering internship… It’s not impossible.</p>

<p>But anyways, yeah I agree with everyone else. Company loyalty only goes so far. It’d be one thing if, while working at the gas station, you’d be meeting higher-ups, but I find that rather doubtful.</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice.</p>

<p>Maybe it does not help as much but that’s not the point. You obtained an interview and that’s more than many unemployed people have received. If you do obtain the position, then it is still an opportunity to stand out, not matter what.</p>

<p>Don’t let these fools take your eyes off the prize. It’s a job. It dignifies you. It will help you build your work ethic and reputation.</p>

<p>I think your resume would be better off with some interesting volunteer work than a job as a cashier.</p>

<p>^Right. Because we know for a fact the OP can magically produce money to pay his/her bills.</p>

<p>Chances are he lives at home with his parents and doesn’t have much in the way of bills. Also, it’s not like a minimum wage, part time job is going to do much for his bank account.</p>


doesnt sound like someone who need to “pay bills”</p>

<p>Exxon divested its gas stations, so its likely a franchisee (if it hasn’t yet, Exxon will be selling it soon). Gas stations are at the opposite end of the chain where your ultimate degree will put you - in upstream. Exxon is a huge company and you’re not going to get much exposure at the gas station.</p>

<p>But for a summer job, its not bad…you’d learn customer service, sales and marketing skills…</p>

<p>Are there any refineries nearby? The refinery I work for hires almost all of their engineers thru summer internship programs.</p>

<p>The OP’s profile suggests he’s 18 therefore I agree chances are he/she is still under the financial umbrella of his his/her parents. What bothered me was the lack of encouragement offered to the OP before my first post.</p>

<p>We have a young adult searching for gainful employment, in a misguided manner, but nonetheless searching for employment in a buyer’s market and all we can muster is to shoot him down without commending him/her for his/her efforts? </p>

<p>Some of you on these subforums are a bunch of sad, pathetic rats. Pardonez ma fran</p>

<p>Actually money would be helpful because I am transferring to UAF this fall and I won’t be living with my parents anymore.</p>