Graduate Recruitment: The Independent Approach

When looking to get started on a career in any industry, university students about to graduate tend to focus on that industry’s largest and most prominent companies. This is true of the oil and gas sector, and for good reason: the largest companies often have well-established graduate recruitment and development programs.

BP plc, for example, currently looks to recruit between 800 and 1,000 graduates from around the world into its graduate development program every year.

Being accepted into a well-established graduate training program run by an oil major like BP will certainly set you up for a long, and likely profitable, career in the oil and gas sector, but for those soon-to-graduate students who are dead set on a career in the sector, there are plenty of other options as well.

Aside from the energy industry’s most well-known majors, other sizable oil and gas firms also operate graduate recruitment schemes. One company that has stepped up its recruitment of new graduates during the past year is Austria-based OMV AG, an integrated oil and gas company with a particular focus on upstream. OMV is keen to recruit talented young engineers and scientists as it builds its presence in the North Sea as well as frontier regions like Kurdistan and New Zealand.

Last year, OMV said that it was looking to recruit 1,600 additional technical staff between 2013 and 2016. Between 500 and 600 of these recruits will be recent graduates, OMV’s Human Resources Head for Exploration & Production Andrea Iro, told Rigzone in February of this year.

Meanwhile, fellow Central European oil and gas firm MOL Group currently hires more than 250 graduate recruits annually via its Growww global graduate recruitment and development program. MOL has so far employed 1,350 fresh graduates since it began its Growww scheme in 2007.

Although OMV and MOL are smaller than a BP, Royal Dutch Shell plc or Exxon Mobil Corp., both firms still turn over tens of billions of dollars annually while generating profits in the billions. It is not unusual for companies of such a size to have a graduate intake.


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