Energy Industry Jobseekers Self Assessment

Evaluating your skills, achievements and personality is the first and one of the most difficult steps in the career management process. Honesty is the key, and focusing on your strengths and weaknesses will provide vital information to determine your strategies for finding jobs that you will enjoy.
SKILL EVALUATION – What are my current skill offerings?
Taking the plunge and deciding to change jobs can be unnerving and involve a great deal of soul searching, particularly if you have not written a CV for many years or you want to change career direction. By examining your skills and abilities you can determine your relevant strengths which will help you in determining what you have to offer. We suggest you define your main skill sets as a useful way to start the evaluation process. For energy industry personnel, you may wish to divide your skills into the following areas:
  • Technical - Structural Geology, QI Geophysicist, Geomechanic Specialist, Reservoir Simulation Engineer, Drilling Engineer, CCS, Maintenance/Process/Design Engineer, ...
  • Industry Knowledge - Deepwater Exploration, Carbon Capture, Geothermal, EOR, ...
  • Digital Transformation - Cloud Architect, IoT, AI, Machine Learning /coding, Micro-Services developer….
  • Renewables - Geothermal, Biomass, Solar, Wind, Hydro, Tidal, Hydrogen, ...
  • Regional Areas Worked - GOM, North Sea, Nigeria, West Africa, Caspian, CIS, ...
  • Commercial - Mergers & Acquisition, Accounting, Budgeting, Strategic Management, Contracts, Negotiation, Procurement, Collaborations. Monetisation, ...
  • Managerial - Sales/Business Development, Project Management, Resource Management, ...
  • Analytical - Critical thinking, Research, Big Data/Predictive Analysis, Problem Solving, ...
AMBITIONS & ASPIRATIONS - What would I like to do?
Having completed your skill evaluation, you will now have a much clearer understanding of your skills, strengths and weakness.

the dynamics of the markets are rapidly changing to meet global, low carbon energy targets, new jobs will emerge across all sectors of the wider “Energy Mix”. Before determining your career path, it is advisable to research and gain a better understanding of the various growth markets across Energy. Some business sectors to investigate are Energy Efficiency, Smart Grids and Energy Systems and Renewables Integration. As you are researching, make notes of your relevant key skills and value-add for each business sector. This will assist in determining your chosen career path.

Whilst researching, the following questions may help in your decision making process for your future career:
  • What is preventing me from getting where I want to go?
  • What do/did I enjoy most and enjoy least in my current/previous position and why?
  • Do I want more or less responsibility?
  • Where do I want to be in 2 or 5 years time?
  • What is my ultimate career goal?
  • Can I relocate, would I like to travel?
  • Do I want to spend less time commuting?
  • What is important to me? – interesting role, recognition, financial security, wealth, family, responsibility, job title, leadership…

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