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R & D and the boom in Oil & Gas jobs
What do Margaret Thatcher, Roald Dahl and George W. Bush have in common? They have all worked for the Oil & Gas industry at one time. Those who work in the Oil & Gas Industry have been known to go on and do great things in this world. Over the years, many first class graduates have been attracted to the industry for this very reason. It gives you a great grounding in the workplace and provides you with the skills and confidence to go on and inspire others.
In the last decade or so, coinciding with the rise in understanding of environmental issues, jobs in the Oil & Gas Industries have seemed less attractive. This is for a number of issues. Firstly, many believe that with peak oil comes a decline in job prospects. This is untrue. Secondly, the Oil & Gas industry has been made out to be the bad guy when it comes to efforts to “green” the planet. Again, untrue. And thirdly, a job in the Oil & Gas industry is seen as an engineer job rather than any other discipline. Again this is untrue.
Peak Oil may be a concern but instead of heralding a decline a job prospects for ambitious young graduates, the challenges around this bring great opportunity. Not only are companies in the Oil & Gas industries trying to find new ways to extract from old sites, but they are trying to ensure than every drop of Oil or Gas is used to its best advantage. This – coupled with aggressive investment in new energy technologies – has seen a boom in the opportunities available for research and development positions.
In addition, the concerns about the Oil & Gas industries effect on the environment are no longer grounded in what is actually happening within these companies. There are big opportunities for those that have an green or environmental leaning to join and be part of the change within one of these companies. Many millions has be ploughed into finding sustainable ways to continue to meet demand for the end product – energy.
As far as jobs just being for the “engineers” or “technical” people, again this is an old cliché that is well past its sell by date. Most Oil & Gas companies are multi-layer, multi-faceted companies that employ a broad range of staff types. From marketing to HR, from communications professionals to scientists – there are opportunities for a spectrum of staff.
It’s far to say that because of the amount of money that many Oil & Gas companies make, they are keen to find ways to sustain their position on a long term basis. That is why a job in such an industry is really a career. There may not be such a thing as a job for life anymore but what there is is a series of opportunities in a sector and that is what the Oil & Gas industry presents.
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