- Get qualified. Employers want professionals with technical degree qualifications, such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and structural engineering degrees and many companies offer support to staff in obtaining post-graduate qualifications. For example, Robert Gordon University offers oil and gas specific courses, including an MBA in oil and gas management.
- Find out where the demand exists. Even in recessions, certain specialist skills are still sought after by employers. Mechanical, structural, electrical and chemical (process) expertise are all in currently demand.
- Do your research. There are skills shortages in geologist and geophysicist specialist areas, as employers look for new, harder-to-extract oil and gas fields. There is also a shortage of health and safety specialists.
To find out more about how to get into this, or any other aspect of the oil and gas profession, get in touch or search oil and gas jobs to find your next opportunity.