With a wide range of roles available working for an energy company, pursuing a career in any energy specialism can be hugely rewarding. For those already working in the sector, your transferable skills will help you make a smooth transition into other specialist areas such as renewable energy where jobs are increasing as the move to greener and more sustainable energy sources continues to grow. From solar energy to wind turbines, there are plenty of options globally for those looking for a new career.
In our latest blog, we take a look at some of the reasons why you ought to consider working in the energy sector.
A variety of options
Although you might at first think of more technical job titles when considering a career in the energy sector, such as engineers, geologists or geoscientists which of course require specific academic qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, there are careers in energy for all sorts of disciplines. Whether it’s working in customer services or sales for one of our many utilities providers, following a more commercial business development pathway or working in project management, there are lots of opportunities across multiple business functions for graduates and more experienced professionals alike.
Starting a career in energy
So why start your career in the energy sector? Firstly, it’s an industry that touches all of us – without the supply of gas or electricity, we simply would not be able to survive. Given also that it’s at the forefront of providing more efficient and clean energy sources, and with climate change and the reduction of emissions constantly in the news and top of nations’ agendas, it has mass appeal especially for those of us who care about the planet. In whatever role you’re in, you’ll be able to make a real difference to the lives of your family, friends and customers.
Working in the energy sector, you’ll come into contact with many different disciplines and experts across many fields such as renewables. From engineering geologists to hydrographic surveyors to geophysicists and wellsite geologists, there really are many avenues open to you. You’re not only learning about the planet, but also the very things that will ensure our survival as a species for many years to come – it doesn’t get any more important or interesting than that. And of course, given the pace of innovation, it’s an industry that never sits still, especially with the advance of technology and AI. From smart metres to smart cities and smart grids, there’s a lot of brain power in this sector!
And as we’ve said before, it’s not just for those from technical disciplines. Graduates can follow many pathways, from finance and HR to marketing and PR, from IT and project management to research and development as well as sales and trading roles. So, there are a number of corporate functions that provide you the opportunity to grow your career, especially for the Millennial and Gen Z cohorts who really want to stamp their mark on society. Unlike many other industries, a career in the energy sector offers you that opportunity, whether working for an energy, water or oil and gas company.
Changing careers in the energy sector
Having a more diverse and inclusive workforce is also a top priority for many companies in the sector who are driving their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) agendas to ensure that those from minority and neurodiverse backgrounds are represented. Hundreds of thousands of people are employed in the sector with many billions of pounds being poured into energy innovation every year. The sector also offers a truly global career with many of the bigger companies providing opportunities to broaden cultural horizons and live and work abroad. The sky is the limit and if you haven’t considered working in the energy sector, then you should give it serious thought.
But there are also opportunities for engineers with transferable skills to switch sectors. Given that there are skill shortages and some may have lost their jobs in areas where demand suffers peaks and troughs – offshore oil and gas for example – skills from other disciplines can easily be transferred over to the renewable energy and decarbonised or low carbon energy sector. You don’t need prior sustainable energy experience to make this move. Whatever your area of expertise and skill set, there will be demand for someone with your unique technical skills. This might of course mean redeployment and retraining, but that too will open up further career avenues for you.
Helping to achieve net zero emissions as quickly as possible isn’t just about advanced technical skills in disciplines such as engineering. The kinds of transferable skills that employers are looking for include creativity and problem solving, two vital attributes to come up with the solutions to provide the level of progress and innovation needed to drive the industry forward and ensure that any issues or challenges that arise are dealt with in the most effective way. Project management is also a highly sought-after skill to keep track of and monitor progress so that teams can deliver on time and to budget.
As the world moves to cleaner and greener energy sources, the continuing investment in major energy projects is creating more new jobs. This is great news for those looking to work for energy companies and develop their careers in the energy sector. But equally for those who are already in the industry, there are plenty of opportunities to use your transferable skills to move into other sectors such as renewables, solar energy or wind turbines. It’s an exciting time to be part of an industry that is so key to all our futures.
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