The oil and gas industry embodies millions of workers from across the planet at all levels of seniority. A career in this space means you're confronted with a competitive industry, yet a financially and emotionally rewarding experience. In this blog we provide you with some practical tips to help you get started with your Oil and Gas career.
How to get an oil and gas job
1. Are you intimidated by the oil and gas industry?
2. Do you know which area you want to work in?
3. Have you got engineering experience?
4. Do you understand the pros and cons of the role?
5. Is your CV prepared?
1. Don’t be daunted by the oil industry
Your current job, education and work history won’t hold you back; there are many types of oil and gas jobs available for all levels of engineers, from pipeline jobs needing welding engineers to oil refinery turnarounds seeking talent acquisition managers.
2. Discover your interest - drilling / offshore / shutdowns etc.
Petroleum jobs don’t just involve being out on offshore rigs or drilling platforms. As the lifecycle of an oil and gas project moves from the conceptual design stage through to decommissioning and eventually to refining, many different skillsets are required, and not just engineers. EPC companies from Canada to Australia are all competing for the best people to excel their projects and you might just be the perfect candidate to fill their skills gap.
3. Gain experience in engineering
Many major oil and gas operators such as Shell, Chevron, BP, ExxonMobil and Total run apprentice schemes designed to give you a taster of what it is like working in the sector, but to be considered, you’ll need to have studied in a relevant field. If you didn’t study the engineering subjects then don’t panic! There are still schemes in loads of locations willing to train new engineers.
4. Weigh up the pros and cons of a job related to oil
Offshore and oilfield jobs are ever changing and the engineering needs adapt as projects progress. The energy industry offers plenty of opportunities for global travel and no end of complex technical challenges to solve, meaning that working in oil and gas engineering will give you a chance to see the world as well as stimulating your mind.
It is however important that you also recognise the challenges associated with an international engineering job such as being far away from friends and family, working long hours, meeting tight deadlines and the need to work flexibly to accommodate project demands.
To get a foot in the door and gain the experience required to progress your career, you need to be willing to work your way up the ladder; in return for your hard work you’ll achieve an exciting long-term career and financial rewards.
If you know someone in oil and gas - talk to them about their job. Mentoring is imporant in all careers and an oil and gas mentor will help you navigate the industry.
5. Oil and Gas Contractors! Get your CV ready – wow the hiring managers
For maximum impact CVs should be tailored for every job application.
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