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dome53
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Landman advice


I'm graduating from LSU in May and I'm interested in becoming a landman. I believe I've seen some posters on here that are landmen so I'm hoping they see this.

How did you get started? My gf's dad has been one for a couple of years. I hope he can get me a few leads but if not then I have no idea where to start. Travel 8 hours to go to seminars? I'll try to email a few of the BR AAPL officers to see what that gets me.

Any help would be appreciated.







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cwill
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You need a hookup for field work...most brokers are out of Lafayette...Another option is to get your PLM at a school that offers the program and try to get an in-house job.





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dome53
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Could I get a few years experience of field work then find an in-house job without a PLM degree?





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cwill
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Not impossible but very unlikely considering the number of plms now coming out of college...field and in-house are completely different jobs.





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DieselTiger1
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Just about everyone I work with of have worked with has been because of knowing someone.

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Could I get a few years experience of field work then find an in-house job without a PLM degree?


not likely






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dome53
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Would I always be in small towns in BFE Texas? I don't mind doing that for 5 or so years but after that I'd like to be able to move somewhere for an extended period. What exactly is in house? Sorry I'm a bit inexperienced with O&G.





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DieselTiger1
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Would I always be in small towns in BFE Texas?


or La, Ms, OH, Pa, etc...

If traveling is not for you, field work is not for you.



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dome53
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I don't mind traveling for 5 or so years out of college. Just wondering what my possibilities would be with experience in the field and wanting to stay in one area for awhile.





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Lsuhoohoo
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Another option is to get your PLM at a school that offers the program


I'm planning on going this route through ULL. Even though its not a requirement, a lot of firms are wanting degrees. If anybody has in knowledge of it, I'm curious how PLM grads fare in job placement coming out of school.






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DieselTiger1
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I'm planning on going this route through ULL. Even though its not a requirement, a lot of firms are wanting degrees. If anybody has in knowledge of it, I'm curious how PLM grads fare in job placement coming out of school.


I have a Business degree from LSU and I worked with a girl with a PLM degree from ULL. Nothing she learned in her program helped her at all in the field. She had a hard time for a while but then got a job in house with sun coast. She also knew someone that helped her obtain that.






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Lsuhoohoo
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If you don't mind me asking, are you in-house or field? Do you enjoy the job? I've done a lot of research on the career and have seen many times that networking is a must. I plan on joining AAPL and the LAPL when I move to Lafayette if not solely for the purpose of making contacts in the field.





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dome53
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So I should stop considering going to ULL to get a PLM degree to go along with my Finance degree from LSU





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DieselTiger1
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If you don't mind me asking, are you in-house or field? Do you enjoy the job? I've done a lot of research on the career and have seen many times that networking is a must. I plan on joining AAPL and the LAPL when I move to Lafayette if not solely for the purpose of making contacts in the field.



I worked in house in houston for a year after I graduated. I hated it. I hated being in the office everyday. Some of it was the people in the office, but mostly me being stuck behind my desk.

Now I'm in the field and I travel A LOT. The travel isnt for every one, but Im 26, not married, and have no children. Im ok with it now.






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DieselTiger1
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So I should stop considering going to ULL to get a PLM degree to go along with my Finance degree from LSU


Do what you think is best for you, but I wouldnt do that. Obtaining Experience and connections will serve you well. Sounds like you already have one with your GF's Father. Use it.






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dome53
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Thanks for the advice.

Not trying to get too personal but what's your plan for the future? Just wondering if you were to settle down with a family would you still be in the field? Or would you try to do something else?






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GaryMyMan
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If traveling is not for you, field work is not for you.

Or you could be stuck at home doing curative for 8 months.

Re: going in house. I'm still trying to find an in-house job. I don't have a PLM but I do have a JD. It seems like no matter the job, in this economy companies are looking for 5 and 10 year guys. I was talking to a ROW agent who works in Houston who told me his company doesn't even hire new guys without a law degree. That's grim.

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Obtaining Experience and connections will serve you well.

True. But field work can be fickle. I get emails every week from people with MUCH more experience than me looking for work. Today I got a sob story email from a friend whose husband has 7 years of experience and has been out of work for 6 months.

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I'm graduating from LSU in May and I'm interested in becoming a landman.

Go to all the job fairs you can. The O&G companies will be at most of them. There are internships for in house landman jobs.




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Lsuhoohoo
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in this economy companies are looking for 5 and 10 year guys.


I've looked at a ton of job posting. Most seem to require at least 5 years experience. Leaving me to wonder how exactly anybody starts out.






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GaryMyMan
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I've looked at a ton of job posting. Most seem to require at least 5 years experience. Leaving me to wonder how exactly anybody starts out.

I wish I had better news, but I got my first job from my girlfriend's dad who has been in-house for a small independent for 20 years.



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Lsuhoohoo
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not surprised at that. I don't really have any personal connections like that which is why I plan to join LAPL and go to meetings/events with the hopes of meeting as many folks as I can.





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GaryMyMan
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That's a good strategy. You might also searching for "land tech" "land analyst" "land representative" etc. when searching indeed. What I do is search "land" in Louisiana & Texas. Those are in the land department, but mostly assisting the landman and have much lower qualifications - certainly room for upward mobility. I've been doing this for 16 months and figured I'd be in-house with a truck allowance by now. If things don't change in another 6 months I'm ditching this business for personal injury law.


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