Work-life balance has been prioritised across the larger companies. The harder the work, the more likely you will be to get long breaks or leave early – two weeks on a rig is usually accompanied by two weeks off! There are also opportunities for global travel – Houston, Perth and Abu Dhabi are E&P hotspots and opportunities are opening up in Mexico, Mozambique, Singapore, Nigeria and Russia. The attractive pay doesn’t hurt either.
Entry Level Roles*Many roles don’t need special education – the skills can be learned on the job. This is especially true for operational roles, where workers start as “green hands” with the aim to work their way up as they learn. It is also worth noting that the O&G industry is a meshwork of hundreds of contractors and sub-contractors, with different types of work split between specialists. Everything from pipe installation to cleaning can be contracted separately – and every area needs entry-level workers who can “start at ground zero” and learn fast.
Two Things to Remember. 1) As the jobs don’t require special education, there is rarely a shortage of available labour. This means that companies are less likely to advertise, or only advertise locally. People can walk in off the street and submit a resume. It is also common for new employees to come via recommendations. 2) The roles are usually filled through third-party recruiting firms. This is why you don’t see many entry-level jobs on the BP website. The O&G companies outsource hiring decisions to trusted partners.