There are important things that everyone should be aware of when it comes to the current gas and oil industry, before looking for your 1st role. The Hays Oil and Gas Salary Guide found that 25% of the overall workforce in gas and oil (the Baby Boomer generation) should be retiring over the next 5 to 10 years. This retirement over such a large portion of this workforce will mean that over the following 10 years, new opportunities will arise for Generation Y workers that are interested in finding employment in this industry.
However, the competition for these positions within this sector remains fierce. This mainly has to do with that the graduates should expect to begin on the salaries in the region around £30,000 per year and upwards. The cost-saving measures that have been initiated by the gas and oil companies from the start of the year, has resulted from the drop in the oil prices. This has also led to a significant decrease in the new hires across just about every region. Visit Fircroft and read more about careers in oil and gas.
The Hays Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide of 2016, states that a shortage in skills was the main concerns for the employers across the gas and oil sector over this year. In the ideal situation, it is the employer’s responsibility to facilitate knowledge transfer from a retiring generation onto those that have just entered this sector. However, when this is not made available, you are forced to take initiatives for yourself.
With all these factors in mind, the gas and oil industry are also known traditionally to be a trickier sector to break-into. This is why you need to be adequately prepared in the way of following these tips:
- Find A Reputable Mentor
Try to first find a mentor from a familiar circle that you have already established (internships, contacts from a university, etc), along with connecting with a professional that you admire or look up to through LinkedIn. Never be afraid to ask for more information or advice, many people are very generous when it comes to offering it.
- Seize Every Opportunity
Gaining experience while working, is not so common these days. However, it is usually something that an employer value the most. For this reason, you cannot become choosy when you are offered an opportunity that requires that you work hours that are unorthodox or having to relocate to another town or city.
If you are interested in becoming successful in the gas and oil industry, the chances are high that you will be required to initially do a bit of grafting, which means physical labour. Avoid staying away from the jobs that appear to be too physically gruelling or mentally taxing. Instead, you should be prepared and expect hard work and long hours.
If you discover that this is a role that is not suitable for you, it is still a good idea to take something away from it. There is always something that you are able to gain from each experience, and it is important to view things objectively by asking yourself “what could I or should I have done differently?” With this approach, you will definitely be more competent and confident in the next role that you take on. It is also important to use the online resources which offer more details about the different positions available.
- Implement A 5 Year Plan
It is always important to think about the next couple of years. If you have already graduated from higher education it is a good idea to undertake a few summer internships. Even though the degrees in maths, physics, and engineering and other related subjects are important, employers hold more value in hands-on experience. This is typically the pre-requisite to get into the door when it comes to your first full-time position in the gas and oil industry.
The large companies such as ExxonMobil, Eon, BP, and Shell provide different schemes over an extensive range of gas and oil roles. This usually includes science, business, and engineering. On the other side, smaller firms have fewer positions, yet your role in one of these companies will more than likely be a lot greater. The pros along with the cons of working for a small-sized company versus a large firm have been outlined here. Make sure you conduct your own research to ensure that you only apply to the schemes that match up to both your aspirations and your degree.
Graduate schemes or summer internship experience is invaluable when it comes to assisting you with deciding on what role will suit you the best. From here you are able to accurately plan for your career path. The specialists that demonstrate proficiency in a specific field, are usually preferable over the people with an unspecific or general background. This is why it is so important to understanding clearly what your ambitions and expertise are.
- Diversify Your Knowledge
While you should always be presenting your expertise as unified and consistent, this in no way means that you should not acquire as much knowledge as you possibly can. Diversifying your knowledge and trying to find out as much information about the gas and oil industry will only benefit you. One of the best places to begin is with the Hays Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide.
- Improve on Your Soft Skills
Your soft skills are equally as valuable in the gas and oil environments as any other workplace environment, maybe even more so. Your technical skills will often be the criteria which will secure your interview with employers, yet the position on offer will also include factors like leadership abilities, self-awareness, and communication skills.
Employers also highly regard soft skills due to how diverse the workplace and workforce can often be. Here is more information on the personality type that it takes to really excel in the gas and oil from a previous blog.
- Build Up an Industry Network That Is Robust
It is important to not underestimate how powerful networking is. Once you have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to start looking for your first position in gas and oil, it then involves sourcing the most opportunities that you possibly can.
LinkedIn is one of the best places to start, and more specifically the Hays LinkedIn Oil and Gas Careers Forum, which now has more than 60,000 members. Hays have managed to establish a large network of gas and oil employers in the last few years. This means that the job seekers are able to benefit from this site in the way of contacting a team in their local area through our site.
Networking does not only involve adding people to LinkedIn or sending emails. It will also involve the process of advertising yourself. Shout and sing about your capabilities and expertise wherever you can. One of the best ways to go about this would be to engage in the relevant discussions, groups, and forums, along with publishing and sharing your own materials. Allow your insights an opinion on developments in the gas and oil industry act as your extension to your personal CV.