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Should career focus change according to current events?

 
#1 Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 13:23

imho

I am a soon to be engineering graduate holding offers from big oils amongst others. While working for a company like Shell/BP/Exxon appeals as far as the type of work, the hours and the remuneration are concerned, I am a bit worried to start a career in oil and gas due to the current economical climate and the current initiatives to move away from fossil fuels (EU carbon plan, growing interest in nuclear energy in the UK, investment in renewables...).

Do you, as consultants, find my concerns justified and why? Have oil&gas consultants noticed or advised a change in strategy in the big oil firms? Is it time for me to reconsider and find another career?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter.

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#2 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 14:40

The Senior Vice President to imho (#1)

The oil industry is going to be around for a very long time. At this stage in your career, I wouldn't worry too much that you might be made redundant in 2030 because the government suddenly decides to make cars run on water, replaces gas central heating systems with solar panels, and insists the whole world starts making stuff out of wood rather than plastic.

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#3 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 14:52

Pete to The Senior Vice President (#2)

SVP,

You're an intelligent man so your response surprises me. We will not suddenly get to 2030, and bang move to a non-carbon economy.

We will have to endure cold-turkey a lot sooner. Forget MMGW, peak oil will force our hand sooner rather than later. Career based around fossil fuels? I'd rather open a shop selling betamax videos.

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#4 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 15:04

Mars A Day to imho (#1)

IMHO - All the major oil companies are already exploring the potential of bio fuels etc, and you can rest assured they will be developing their strategy to accomodate changing government regulations around emissions, reducing resources etc. I think SVP is right - you can join a big oil without losing sleep that will suddenly find yourself redundant, despite the popular (not to mention fashionable) hysteria surrounding natural resources. And besides, what do you think the big oils pay all those lobbyists for? Most governments are in bed with them anyway, and emerging markets won't care less about the fact we can soon get a sun tan around 11pm, get COPD by 30 and will end up paying £10 a litre at the fuel pump. Of course you could join a big oil and be part of the solution as much as the problem.

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#5 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 15:07

The Senior Vice President to Pete (#3)

I appreciate what you're saying, but I find it really difficult to imagine the oil industry being in gradual decline during the next 20 years. I may well be wrong, however. But in any event, these big energy companies will surely survive one way or another, and in the same way this huge industry will adapt as required, so no doubt will imho's career.

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#6 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 21:22

IMHO to The Senior Vice President (#5)

Your job will be safe - fossil fuels aren't running out as fast as the oil majors are happy for you to believe. There is plenty of it, it just comes down to cost of extraction. This is the problem - to have the slightest hope of preventing major climate change you need to stop burning it while theres still some left in the ground.

My point is, do you really want to devote your career to something that you know poses a genuine threat to the habitability of the planet? don't you think some things are slightly more important than working hours and remuneration?

You could get yourself into the renewables side within an oil major, but bear in mind they are not in a position to do something that might damgage their existing petrochemical investments.

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#7 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
15/04/2008 22:27

imho to IMHO (#6)

Thanks a lot for your replies, they all do hold very interesting arguments.

To IMHO, salary and hours are not the only things attracting me to the oil industry. Whereas I do realise that burning fossil fuels is the reason of many environmental woes, I believe that there no viable alternatives as of yet. The problem of power generation could be solved to some extent with the introduction of nuclear plants but the issue of polymer production can hardly be solved by renewables or other costly alternatives. I think that petrol production on its own is not an issue but the wasteful culture leading to overproduction is. Besides, it is easier to think of a solution by being part of the machine, as I am planning to be, as candid as it may sound. This, alongside being in a challenging problem-solving environment is what motivates me to take on a career in oil and gas. I am glad to hear that most of you do not think I am setting myself up for unemployment in 10 years by doing so.

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#8 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
16/04/2008 08:13

anon to imho (#1)

Q) "Have oil&gas consultants noticed or advised a change in strategy in the big oil firms?"

A) Yes, at every opportunity I'm emphasising that my clients have to start positioning and organising themselves for a changing business environment. However, given the difficulties they have with even adopting effective project-based working (a staple of the modern engineering world), I'm not convinced that they are flexible enough and will change sufficiently quickly to capitalise on the market opportunities. This is a market that is priming itself for "disruption" not too far in the future.

In terms of your career, there's no harm in joining now and making the most of the experience. My advice would be to remain alert to external changes and not to "drink the kool-aid". Try to avoid falling into the trap of assuming that the enveloping corporate world you inhabit in any of the big oil companies is a fair representation of reality - outside those walls, things move faster.

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#9 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
17/04/2008 08:33

IMHO to anon (#8)

In response to imho - I'm slightly dissapointed with your response. Unfortunatley your opinion is widespread in the UK - which gives you the impression that it is acceptable - but reveals narrow-mindedness and ignorance about renewables.

Rather than pick you up on each point in this forum, I'd rather direct you to an article in today's guardian: the hippy bible.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/apr/16/renewableenergy.windpower

I don't want to be overly critical, I'm sure you'll stirling job at your oil major, and you are thinking a lot but to say 'there are no viable alternatives yet' is not only wrong but dangerous.

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#10 RE: Should career focus change according to current events?
19/04/2008 22:47

Mike to IMHO (#9)

Bringing this thread back to consulting, does anyone know which consultancies are leading on the whole renewables/sustainability bandwagon?

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