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Excellent Soft Skills - An Intangible Asset Within the Oil & Gas Sector

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The international energy sector has witnessed a paradigm shift in the last ten years. According to the International Energy Agency, the demand for energy is expected to increase by 40% (2030). Hence, the Oil & Gas sector is increasingly looking at new sources of energy to meet this increasing demand. The key to success is teamwork - individuals from different technical and educational backgrounds must collaborate to ensure Oil & Gas can be discovered, produced and supplied to meet the global energy requirements. - Jess Potts

The international energy sector has witnessed a paradigm shift in the last ten years. According to the International Energy Agency, the demand for energy is expected to increase by 40% (2030).


Hence, the Oil & Gas sector is increasingly looking at new sources of energy to meet this increasing demand.


The key to success is teamwork - individuals from different technical and educational backgrounds must collaborate to ensure Oil & Gas can be discovered, produced and supplied to meet the global energy requirements.


Increasingly, the industry is laying greater importance on exceptional soft skills - the critical requirements of a role other than the technical skills (expertise, qualifications, and training) that enables the individual to deliver results as measured by KPI’s.


According to industry experts, Hiring Managers are looking at a candidate’s ability to stay in line with the organization’s safety standards and work culture, before finalizing their selection.


Therefore, individuals with exceptional soft skills - communication/ interpersonal/leadership skills, ability to work in a team would always standout.


Again, the soft skills requirement would vary from one role to another.


For a Mechanic, the soft skills required would be teamwork, communication and collaboration.


For an Exploration Geologist (performing in remote locations), the soft skills required would be adaptability, resilience and perseverance.


However, the industry must also adopt a different approach in recruiting, retaining and training human resources. According to a survey sponsored by BP, more than 50% of the employees considered leaving a company due to inadequate training.


On the other hand, Oil & Gas professionals believed most of the university graduates have excellent industry knowledge and technical skills, but fell short in terms of soft skills.


Therefore, the industry needs to address this crucial skills gap by investing heavily in training & development programs.


- Jess Potts


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