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13- www. energy- future. com 1.3- The big picture Throw on top of that the fact that they may not share the same first language and the problem has become more complicated. LJWe look for the best candidates in schools, both men and women, who strike a good balance of technical competence and open- minded personality. Because our jobs are unique in terms of geography, lifestyle and career progression, it is critical to iden-tify people who are willing and suitable to join our team. GL We are looking for candidates who have proved academic excellence and a strong level of English. They should be in-terested in developing a career in a global company and the geographic mobility that often comes along with it. HEIW What degrees are you looking for? E H- J We have 17 different disciplines and some have a clear requirement for a specific qualification, such as chemical en-gineering. But students could come from a range of numerate backgrounds - includ-ing mathematics, physics and broader engi-neering disciplines. We also hire people into other areas, such as trading, where people could come from any discipline. If they use our website's degree matcher, potential re-cruits might be quite surprised about the breadth of applicable degrees and career options available. ESIt's a very long list. Chevron hires across all the disciplines - petroleum engineers, ge-ologists, IT experts, MBAs, mechanical engi-neers, chemical engineers, civil engineers, HR experts, environmental specialists, law-yers, communications specialists. The divisions between traditional roles are becoming more blurred. Many different kinds of engineers can and do work in petro-leum engineering. Many drillers, for exam-ple, are mechanical engineers; chemical en-gineers work as reservoir engineers - be-cause, in essence, the job involves work-ing with fluids moving through materials, whether in the subsurface or above ground. Also, more things that would classically have been referred to as refining are hap-pening in the field - heavy oil is being up-graded closer to the field to improve the eco-nomics. It's similar with natural gas: how you transport it is an integral part of the develop-ment question, so that requires commercial skills as well as the chemical- engineering understanding of how the gas will behave under different temperatures and pressures. This all means a range of disciplines are applicable to the multitude of career paths. Most of the engineering and sciences we can use - IT, physicists, mathematicians, in-strumentation experts, electrical engineers. And even those with biology degrees, given the environmental work we have to do. You might not have thought it, but we even need doctors and healthcare professionals - you can have a considerable medical establish-ment within an oil company. One profile that is particularly sought after is the engineer with strong computer skills. They have a critical role to play in the ad-vancement of the intelligent oil field. LJTypically, the bulk of recruitment is engineering and science graduates. Some people think we only hire engineers, but we do also hire from the sciences, such as earth science, physics and mathematics. GL We are looking for mechanical, indus-trial, electrical and material engineers. HEIW What advice would you give candi-dates preparing for interview? E H- J The thing we see candidates per-form least well at is in their ability to apply technical knowledge in a work environment. We see candidates who are clearly bright and have excelled academically. It is im-portant to spend some time reviewing what they've learned from their degree and how that translates into real life. Most people will have some experience to build on from re-search projects or internships. We often interview people who are mon-osyllabic and don't give us sufficient infor-

14- www. world- petroleum. org 1.3- The big picture mation about themselves. It's important to think about how to demonstrate the value of learning and experiences, but I expect that fewer than half our candidates have read the hints and tips section on a website dedi-cated to the application process. Also, students can sometimes be reticent about activities that aren't related to work or university. We are keen to hear about those activities, because they can often demon-strate whether candidates have the per-sonal qualities we are looking for. Candidates should also be using the in-terview to find out about us - asking the right questions shows that they have done their research. LJDo your homework on the company that is interviewing you. At the interview, be hon-est and be yourself. Interviews are a two- way process, designed to assess from both sides the suitability of the candidate for the job. GL To get the most from your interview, you should read the information available about our company and its training and de-velopment programmes on our website: www. tenaris. com. HEIW What career paths are available? LJThe options are endless, really. For ex-ample, in Schlumberger, if you are looking for a technical career in operations, you can start as a field engineer, or in a petrotechni-cal role. Starting in the research, engineer-ing, manufacturing and sustaining group is also an option. You will spend the first few years learning about the technologies and services in your technical discipline, after which your career can take off in a wide va-riety of directions. Another starting point can be through personnel, finance, legal or sup-ply chain management. You can also move across all of the jobs mentioned earlier. GL We have open positions in a variety of areas, but the majority of our demand is focused on industrial operations, as well as the technical sales, maintenance, supply chain and engineering departments. HEIW What other advice would you give young people considering a career in the energy industry? ES In times of intense competition for peo-ple, there tends to be the illusion that the company will be responsible for plotting out the individual's career. But no- one can really do that for you: a company can lay out a ca-reer plan, but it can't predict the future or how someone's personal interests will develop. The person who cares most about your career is you and you should never abdicate responsibility for defining it. LJ If you like to embrace change, think globally, understand best- in- class technol-ogy and be part of a hard working team, then there is no need to think twice! GL The energy industry is going through a period of unprecedented change. Global companies are forced to move beyond the traditional areas of operations to explore and develop new reserves located in remote re-gions and in difficult environments. Tenaris is working to be a partner to these compa-nies, developing new products and serv-ices for complex projects. Someone look-ing to work with us or in any company linked to the energy industry must have a drive for creativity and possess innovative problem-solving skills. He or she must also be proac-tive in the search for knowledge, learning about the latest trends in the market. ?? The person who cares most about your career is you © BP plc