About Oil and Gas
The oil and gas industry is relevant to every aspect of commerce and trade in the modern world, representing a significant part of the world economy by providing electricity, fuelling the economy and providing jobs. When discussing oil and gas there are three core sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream. Upstream involves the exploration and extraction of oil and gas resources, midstream relates to the transportation, storage and marketing of these resources, and downstream involves the refining and selling of these products. Oil can be used to create a number of products including: asphalt, petrol, jet fuel, tar, fuel oils for heating and electricity generation, and feed-stocks to create chemicals and plastics, whilst gas is primarily used for electricity generation.
Careers in Oil and Gas
A starting point when looking at opportunities in this sector is to look at those in three of the largest companies: BP, Shell and ExxonMobil. BP offers places within engineering, science and business & trading, with various opportunities in each of these sectors. The graduate programme at Shell is designed to create fully-fledged professionals after two to five years, in either the technical, commercial or corporate function areas. Finally, ExxonMobil offers schemes in a number of sectors including finance, IT, gas and power marketing, marine, supply & trading and human resources. See below for links to each of the relevant pages.