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27 Aug 14 - 1:08PM  | Engineering

The Oil and Gas sector is considered to be Britain’s greatest industrial success in recent history, continuously generating billions of pounds and employing thousands of people onshore and offshore. Oil and Gas generate three quarters of the UK’s primary energy necessary to support the economy; from transport and industrial operations, to heating the country’s households.

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Why consider a career within the Oil & Gas sector?

Roles within this sector are generally classed as one of two types – offshore and onshore.

Historically working offshore meant being located on a fixed gigantic industrial installation, however, modern technology and resources now allow projects to be mobile with the use of FPSO’s. The vessels not only carry equipment and people, but also drilling, processing and cleaning/maintenance facilities to service the resources obtained from many kilometres under the sea.

People working offshore usually work in 12 hours shifts continuously for two weeks followed by 2 weeks onshore.

Roles based onshore can involve refining and marketing in addition to processing raw crude oil into a saleable form.

What are the benefits of working in this industry?

  • High starting salaries from £32,500 per year- the third highest post-graduate salary average in UK.
  • The industry is global which means there are a number of opportunities to travel and live abroad. Locations include the UK’s North Sea as well as Mexico, Brazil, Australia, China or West and North Africa amongst others.
  • Working in the Oil or Gas sector can allow for flexible working hours. Who would not want to have 2 weeks off work to spend some quality time with family and friends?
  • Most employers in this sector are very supportive with helping workers achieve a range of academic qualifications, understanding that working offshore isn’t a lifelong career plan for most engineers. Helping employees improve their qualifications benefits the employers as it ensures their staff are up skilled and able to handle varying work scopes.

How to start your career in oil & gas industry

“A degree within a relevant engineering specialism is always preferred, however some employers will accept transferable skills from other industries such as aeronautical, automotive, chemical, environmental, physics or even mathematics.” states Scott McIntee from Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s Oil & Gas team. Good qualifications are a great base giving graduates a number of opportunities within the sector.

“Secondly, try to have a clear goal in terms of areas which you would like to work within and also the reasons as to why, as at this stage showing genuine passion and interest can help bridge some of the knowledge gaps. You need to appreciate that it might seem challenging but Jonathan Lee Recruitment can help you target the right opportunities. “

How to start your career in oil & gas industry

“A degree within a relevant engineering specialism is always preferred, however some employers will accept transferable skills from other industries such as aeronautical, automotive, chemical, environmental, physics or even mathematics.” states Aman Bagga from Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s Oil & Gas team. Good qualifications are a great base giving graduate’s a number of opportunities within the sector.

“Secondly, try to have a clear goal in terms of areas which you would like to work within and also the reasons as to why, as at this stage showing genuine passion and interest can help bridge some of the knowledge gaps. You need to appreciate that it might seem challenging but Jonathan Lee Recruitment can help you target the right opportunities. “

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