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Aberdeen - the oil city where boom and bust happen at the same time

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I moved away from aberdeen because after graduating with an arts degree I realized it was either start from the very bottom in oil and gas or face an eternal struggle.

People who don't work in oil and gas (either directly or indirectly) what do you do?

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Council. It's ok. I've moved up a few levels since I started, but now I've hit a bit of a ceiling and can only really move sideways, so I'm starting look elsewhere. The money isn't great, but I don't feel like I struggle. I live with the missus in a nice area of town. We do alright.

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I think donating food once a month when I'm paid or helping out every so often would be more my thing. My mate and his girlfriend do the friend a child thing every second Saturday but I think if I did it it would end up like Role Models. Plus, a guy in his late 20s hanging out with children, folk are going to talk.

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I think donating food once a month when I'm paid or helping out every so often would be more my thing. My mate and his girlfriend do the friend a child thing every second Saturday but I think if I did it it would end up like Role Models. Plus, a guy in his late 20s hanging out with children, folk are going to talk.

Especially with the mask...

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I don't think it's a very well written piece and I'd question some of his facts and whether he actually spoke the people he says he did. I'm willing to bet that the exchanges with taxi driver and the person that noted there's more lapdancing clubs than libraries didn't really happen. Four generations of unemployment in an area with 2% unemployment seems a bit off to me too.

But there is a clear gap between some areas of the O&G industry and other sectors and it's not going to go away. Not sure that there's anything that can be done about that. Capitalist society and all..

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People who don't work in oil and gas (either directly or indirectly) what do you do?

 

I work in IT in higher education.  My wife is a self employed singing teacher.  I have a nice, stable position with a nae bad salary and my wife perhaps benefits from people with oil generated disposable income, judging by some of the posh motors her pupils rock up in.  But apart from that, no oil industry involvement.  Got the usual stuff, mortgage, car (well, I'm between cars just now after binning it in a wall), able to go out to dinner now and again, buy a bass now and again.  If anything, we compromise on holidays - only been abroad a couple of times in the last 5/6 years.  Probably could go on holiday if we stopped being sooked in by Markies' food porn.  Talk about your first world problems.

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The article itself is pretty crap, the FB responses predictable. The oil and gas industry hasn't created poverty in Aberdeen, thats happening for the same reason as everywhere else. Its just that having a busy industry sitting alongside the poverty makes for a bigger contrast. The oil industry has ever more companies feeding from the same limited skill pool that is decreasing because of an ageing workforce retiring so supply and demand drives up wages. I know several people who have shifted from their previous career into oil and gas via a cross industry initiative to attract new blood. I wonder how many folk bemoaning their lot actually look for opportunities. I bet a lot don't bother and instead carp on about their poor standing, which is a typically Aberdonian mindset in lots of walks of life.

I often wonder what folk think Aberdeen would be like now if it hadn't been lucky enough to benefit from oil and gas. A dead fishing town is my guess. The whole city has benefitted.

There are a lot of bell ends with too much money to throw around in the oil industry but there are bell ends at all social scales.

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People who don't work in oil and gas (either directly or indirectly) what do you do?

Work for a small independent game studio. I got lucky. I have no fucking clue what I'd do if I lost the job. I could probably get a job in some sort of IT company doing support or something, and from what I understand, even make more money, but I enjoy what I do and how we're treated, so I am fine where I am.

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