For Janice Allison, retirement life still includes Chevron. Through the Bridges program, the geophysicist is a part-time global recruiter with a focus on earth science.
Janice spent a couple of years following her 2006 retirement being a full-time wife and mom, learning to golf, travelling with gusto and indulging her talent for painting. She also built and furnished a second home. Now she plays golf in Houston as well as Lafayette, Louisiana.
It was during one winter, when dreary weather was less than ideal for swinging a club, that the energetic Allison joined the Chevron alumni website and submitted a resume through Bridges.
“It took a few months, but I got a call from the global hiring group,” recalls Allison. “Business was ramping back up and they needed support to find and hire qualified people in earth science. I had some campus recruiting experience, and they liked that I am a geophysicist.”
The job involved much of what Allison missed about Chevron — interacting with, and meeting, professional people. And the flexible offer of 20 hours per week fit her lifestyle.
“I screen resumes from home. You can’t beat the convenience. Still, I enjoy face-to-face time too, so it’s good that a couple of days a week I go downtown.”
Once she determines that a potential recruit is desirable, she can provide an authentic view by relating her experience within the Chevron culture.
“For me, opportunities within the company were always wonderful,” said Allison. “I tell potential candidates they will add value and earn respect by contributing their own perspective to discussions and projects. What they bring to the table is and should be different from the other perspectives. The more diverse the ideas are within a group, the richer the outcomes. Prove yourself by bringing value, and opportunities happen.”
Allison will continue to contribute for the foreseeable future. With her husband still working and both kids in college, she is not ready for full retirement.