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How To Kick Start A Career In Oil And Gas

Posted by: Daz Singh
10/03/2016
Careers – Exceeding Expectations

At Navartis, we work significantly with oil and gas organisations, particularly overseas where demand for excellent quality project focussed consultants and contractors is high.

Our experience through placing hundreds of management professionals within the Global Transportation, Civil Engineering and Utility Industries, means were on hand to support individuals at all levels of their career journey, and with that in mind, here are our insights into how you could look to kick-start your career in oil or gas industries;

Do your research

Take some time to read up on the oil and gas industry and what career pathways are available to you. Looking at job profiles and speaking to career advisors can be a good way of gaining some perspective. No one should know better than you what your career aims are, so make sure you research any specific interests you might have.

Get your documentation in order

This may be simple but can be a giant pitfall if you disregard it. Make sure your CV, cover letter, and any other supporting documentation reflects the career you are aiming for and is done to a high standard. Highlight any relevant qualifications and experience you might have. This includes social media profiles which may be visible to others, as this is becoming more common practice each day. Also reference any industry know-how you have, this could be anything from forums or the latest news, to demonstrate your value above other candidates.

Grow your network

Do not underestimate the importance of having connections. People are much more likely to help you if they know you personally. Attending networking events are a good way of meeting others in the industry and keeping on top of what’s happening in the community.

Career events are also a means of gaining access to potential employers and partners that can help you kick start your career. Finding when events are taking place is easy as they are usually advertised online on websites such as Eventbrite.

LinkedIn is another good way to connect with professionals in the oil and gas industry. However, make sure that your profile is filled-in and updated regularly, so that it represents you in the best possible way for future employers and connections.

Demonstrate your passion (especially if you don’t have much experience)

Why do you want to a career in oil and gas? What can you bring to the industry? These are questions you need to be able to answer to yourself and potential employers. If you are just getting started, it is unlikely you will have an abundance of experience. That doesn’t mean you can’t show your value and passion for the industry. Networking is a good way to do so face-to-face, as companies are always looking for new talent with a real interest in oil and gas.

Gain some experience

Some courses relevant to the oil and gas industry incorporate work experience which is great. In other cases, it is not as straightforward to gain experience. Contact local companies and find if they will be willing to offer you work placements, internships, or apprenticeships. These will be great to add to your resume and you might even get some useful references.

Be willing to work hard, learn, and possibly move

It is likely you will start from the bottom and move your way up in any company. Be prepared to work hard and learn on the job. The oil and gas industry is very diverse so a willingness to learn and improve your skills in your spare time is essential. Depending on the company you are working for, you might have to move to advance your career. Keep this in mind when you are planning your career.

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