As with any career, are you willing to do what it takes? This could mean relocating your life/family to another country or by taking a much lower paid position or entry level and working your way up. If you want to be the better candidate, are you willing to invest in yourself? If you’re not, why should anyone else.
If you don’t have any work experience within the oil and gas industry another way to gain experience is through education. There are many Universities, Colleges and Training Providers who offer excellent courses relating to the oil and gas industry. Visit our Training page for further information.
After maths and English, the most common requirement to work in the oil and gas industry is to hold qualifications in science subjects. You will also need the desirable skills to match the job type you wish to do.
Working in the oil and gas industry can lead to an exciting variety of career paths. You need to draw up a list of potential jobs that interest you. You then need to do some research around the skills and qualifications required. Visit our Job Search page and look at the skills and qualifications that are listed in your chosen job.
Attend networking events and make sure your CV/Resume is up to date. The more industry related people you meet, the greater your chances are of securing the role you want through them. First impressions count, so make sure you show them that you are passionate and demonstrate your expertise.
Follow up with your new connections. Perhaps they asked for your CV/Resume? You should tailor your CV/Resume to the company and position you are interested in. Always thank those you meet for the time they took to speak with you – this will also keep you fresh in their minds for any upcoming jobs.
Below are possible career paths, note that there are many more within each category – time to do your research;
Careers in Engineering;
- Chemical Engineer
- Drilling Engineer
- Engineering Geologist
- Mechanical Engineer
Careers in Mathematics;
- Engineering Geologist
- Process Engineer
- Petroleum Engineer
Careers for Scientists;
- Production Manager
- Account Manager
- Oil Broker
How did you break into the oil and gas industry? Tell us your experiences.
We hope this helps.
Category: Careers Advice
Life expectancy in the UK is increasing however many of us are saving less into pensions. Last October, the government introduced workplace pensions and most individuals will be automatically enrolled. Am I automatically enrolled?
If you were enrolled you, you’re employer and the government will pay into it. Having a workplace pension makes saving easier and will allow you to keep living the same standard of life when you retire.
If you opted out of the workplace pension do you have a plan b? It’s never too early to start thinking about your retirement.
Here’s how the workplace pension works;
- Every payday a percentage of your pay is automatically put into the pension scheme for you.
- There are 2 main types of workplaces pensions;
1. Defined contribution pension schemes
Your employer will chose which pension provider to invest your money into. When you retire, the amount you receive will depend on:
- How much has been paid in
- How long you’ve been paying in
- How well the investment has done
Nearer the retirement age, the pension provider generally moves your money into lower-risk investments; if this is not done automatically you can ask your pension provider for more details.
2. Defined benefit pension schemes
These pensions are also known as ‘final salary’ or ‘salary-related’ pensions. These pensions will give you a certain amount each year when you retire, the amount doesn’t depend on investments.
How much you get will depend on how long you have worked for your employer and your salary, the pension scheme administrator can give you more information.
- You pay a percentage of your earnings into the scheme, your employer will also contribute and the government will give you tax relief. Saving couldn’t be easier!
So, if you have opted out of the workplace pension scheme you may want to think about re-joining.
Starting your pension early will give your money time to grow, ask your employer about your workplace pension scheme today.
Category: Careers Advice, Job News, Recruiter News, Research and Reports
We love to receive feedback from our users, good or bad! Fortunately we have had plenty of positive feedback and we thought we would share this with you.
If you were ever in doubt before about why you should use OilCareers.com for your job/candidate search, these testimonials should make your decision-making easier.
James Raison, UK: I have used OilCareers for a number of years now, and in fact my past 3 positions were found using the service on the website. I can highly recommend using OilCareers, whether you are seriously looking for a new opportunity or just curious.
Vince Plackal, UAE: It was very interesting to visit your stand at ADIPEC 2012. I have successfully secured two positions via OilCareers. OilCareers provides valuable information about opportunities; I will continue to use OilCareers for future vacancies. Thank you very much.
Tom Heavens, Aker Solutions: As a new user of OilCareers.com, I have found the site to be efficient and intuitive but most importantly, it gives me great results. I felt that the training I received from Claire in Customer Support really benefitted me and I can now use parts of the site I didn’t previously know existed such as automated searches. The automated search function has become my favourite tool on the site; it’s a pleasure to receive a list of highly suitable candidates waiting for me in my inbox even before I start work in the morning.
Tom Elam, Macdonald & Company: We have been using OilCareers website for 1 year now and have had great success in sourcing good quality candidates for different areas of the oil and gas market. We have placed candidate’s sources via OilCareers in Engineering/Construction, Drilling, Operations, HSE and HR. The site is easy to use and Karen our Account Manager is always willing to help and give advice on the market when we need it. Her years of experience in the sector have given us valuable insight. OilCareers has also helped Macdonald & Company increase its exposure within this sector and we it as an integral part of our future growth strategy for the business.
As an international recruiter at Aker Solutions Offshore Partner, I can highly recommend oilcareers.com due to the ease of use, customer service, great results and comprehensive search options. I’ll never be stuck for a position again!
James Parker, Change Recruitment: We have used OilCareers for several years now and have trialled others along the way but I have found that OilCareers always performs well for us. I find the site to be user friendly and it continues to produce good results for me and my recruitment team.
The above testimonials highlights why we are the online leading job board for the oil and gas recruitment industry.