Career Opportunities for STEM Talent in the Oil & Gas Sector
The Oil & Gas sector is witnessing a boom in job opportunities. According to The Hays Oil & Gas 2014 Global Job Index, the job market is expected to be buoyant throughout 2014, and in the near future. This article highlights the importance of introducing the oil and gas industry to university students before they graduate - there is a huge demand for bright graduates in the industry.
The Oil & Gas sector is witnessing a boom in job opportunities. According to The Hays Oil & Gas 2014 Global Job Index, the job market is expected to be buoyant throughout 2014, and in the near future.
In this regard, the industry is looking at a very specific expertise - the STEM talent (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
The mega Oil & Gas firms such as BP, Exxon Mobil among others have been successful in employing some of the brightest university students.
As per industry experts, the STEM students have exceptional technical capabilities, and the mindset to deliver across different functions. They have an innate ability to be process driven, and the capability in providing logical solutions to complex issues.
In fact, increasingly more jobs are leveraging top-notch technologies, while requiring exceptional knowledge of maths and science to deliver results.
However, the Oil & Gas sector faces stiff competition from other sectors - banks, consulting firms, especially the Fortune 100 firms to attract the top STEM talent.
The industry must find a way out to convince them in opting for a career in energy.
Engaging with the students while they are still in the university by offering scholarships would definitely create a positive impression among the students about the sector.
Again, the power of internships in moulding students’ perception about a career in Oil & Gas should not be underestimated. The opportunity in the form of short-term placements would not only enhance their skills, but also give them an insight into the professional life in energy.
There are several Oil & Gas specific STEM programs in the US. Some of the prominent programs are:
• NEED (The National Energy Education Development Project)
• The Offshore Energy Centre’s Education Outreach Program
• The Independent Petroleum Association of America Education Centre’s
• The Magic Suitcase Program