Thursday, 28 March 2013

A New Era: Graduate Possibilities in the Energy Sector

The energy sector, and more specifically the oil and gas industry, is an attractive place for graduates to head. If you’re curious about a career or want to know how to get into it, read on to discover the possibilities:

Why the Oil and Gas Industry?

An aging workforce in the energy sector has led to something of a skills shortage. 580,000 
Graduate opportunities
Image: John Walker
skilled workers are needed in the engineering sector alone by 2017, which is obviously a tall order. This creates an exciting opportunity for skilled graduates to bridge the gap and plant themselves firmly on the career ladder within a buoyant UK industry.

Which degree subjects suit a career in the Oil and Gas industries?

If you are yet to decide upon a degree programme, or wish to get into the oil and gas industry but are not sure whether your degree is suitable, here is a list of the core degree subjects that are attractive to oil and gas companies when recruiting:

  •          Engineering
  •          Chemistry
  •          Electronics
  •          Geophysics
  •          Mathematics
  •          Physics
  •          Manufacturing
  •          Software
  •          Telecoms
There are also an abundance of roles in the administration side of the industry attracting graduates from the following disciplines:
  •         Accounting
  •          Management
  •          Customer Service
  •          Health and Safety
  •          Human Resources
  •          Law

Jobs are available in five different sections of the oil and gas workforce which can be defined as: office, platform, fabrication yard, drilling rig, seismic vessel. Because of the diversity of skills required graduates from a huge range of disciplines enter the oil and gas sector. Visit the OPTICO website for more details.

How do graduates break into the Industry?


Between your penultimate and final year, or in time for the summer after you graduate, consider applying for an internship programme. This is all about gaining experience and proving to potential employers that you are serious about breaking into the industry and ready to learn a new skill set. Whilst a skills shortage is soon to be experienced the oil and gas sector is still a very competitive industry with international graduates also applying for positions in the UK. Experience is invaluable when it comes to applying for graduate programmes making an internship a wise move.

Graduate Programmes

These can last several years and give you a sure foot in the door. Many graduates manage not only to get into the oil and gas industry but figure out which particular area they wish to work in by completing a graduate programme. Conduct research into the oil and gas companies you would potentially like to work for and read-up on their graduate programmes. Many last several years with the advantage that you get a compete overview of the industry and a clearer idea of the specific area in which you would like to work.

Searching for Jobs

Many graduates find that they are interested in working in the oil and gas sector but are unsure of the range of jobs out there. Once you have learnt all you can from the OPTICO website take regular visits to Exclusive LTD to find out what kind of jobs are currently available and what kinds of credentials companies are seeking in the engineering and technical sector.

Tailor your CV and covering letter to each particular company and address it to the right person in the HR department when applying for internships, graduate positions or entry level jobs. Demonstrating that you know about the company and their prospects is a great way to stand out from the crowd and get the recipient’s attention.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

10 Reasons Why Oil and Gas Workers Should Stay Loyal to Britain

An increasingly high number of oil and gas employees are being tempted by a life overseas. Australia, Brazil and other up-and-coming players in the oil and gas industries may have attractive prospects, but there has never been a more advantageous time for energy workers to stay in the UK. Don’t believe us? Here are ten reasons why:

1.   Oil sector prospects
remain incredibly strong in Britain - a
report by Scottish
Enterprise has
revealed that £44
billion is to be
invested with 86
new fields under
development in
the UKContinental
Shelf over the next five years. Scottish Enterprise states that this will ‘create significant opportunities for new contracts for the supply chain.’

2.   Other future projects in the pipeline: Contrary to a belief that we are exhausting the North Sea industry, there are in fact 87 future projects already in the pipeline with an £11.5 billion investment.

3.    A growing lack of confidence in the government is the reason why many professionals are seeking a life abroad, but the government have one very good reason to keep offering support to the oil and gas industries. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing states that ‘With more than half of the value of the North Sea’s oil and gas reserves yet to be extracted, up to 24 billion recoverable barrels with a potential wholesale value of £1.5 trillion, I am sure the sector will remain an enormous economic resource for decades to come.’

4.   Impressive new developments: Statoil’s plan for the Mariner heavy oil field has been approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change making it the largest offshore UK development for ten years. This means 700 staff vacancies and a thirty year project. With exciting new developments like these currently recruiting the UK’s prospects certainly haven’t dried up.

5.    As Fergus Ewing pointed out, there is more oil left in the North Sea than has already been extracted. Whilst a challenge is presented in terms of extraction, the end of North Sea oil is generations away, and the success of future projects excitingly relies on...

6.   Innovation- to drill the remaining North Sea oil, which is in harder to reach areas, companies are calling on new technology, innovation and strategy to succeed. This means an exciting new era in the oil industry where groundbreaking methods will be utilised including horizontal drilling, FPSOs and jack-up facilities.

7.    Funds and investments are stable and growing: Almost £47 billion is currently being spent on the North Sea’s active projects.

8.   Britain needs skilled individuals more than ever. A predicted shortage in skilled engineers and other professionals due to an aging workforce means that engineers and other oil and gas professionals will be more highly valued than ever in the coming years, and well looked after by oil and gas companies that employ them.

9.    This need for workforce will see the industry attracting talented young graduates, which ties in nicely with the need for innovation. The industry will therefore be experiencing a new lease of life as new professionals and innovative new methods are employed and combined with the UK industry’s already highly skilled workforce and experience.

10.   And of course, with all these reasons goes the fact that Exclusive LTD are currently advertising an abundance of exciting vacancies within the oil and gas sector with extremely attractive rates of pay and prospects. Take a look to find hundreds more reasons why oil and gas workers should stay loyal to Britain.