Young Energy Leaders
Author: Bernie Vincent
Date Added: 1-Feb-2012
Young energy leaders told success is more than just climbing the corporate ladder
The next generation of oil and gas business leaders have been told there is no secret to having a successful career in the energy sector – only ambition and common sense.
Rupert Soames OBE, Group chief executive of FTSE 100 company Aggreko plc, said a good career is about finding out what you enjoy and doing it to the best of your ability with people you like and respect.
He made the comments as he delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Young Professionals in Oil and Gas Dinner which was held recently at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, in Aberdeen.
Mr Soames, who has had a career spanning more than 30 years, said: “The pyramid is very narrow at the top, not everyone can be the CEO or chairman. When deciding on a career think sector first, company second, job title third. Better by far to be a salesperson working for a boss you respect in the energy sector than being a sales director working for an indolent manager organising package holidays.
“Today I think the energy industry is a far more interesting sector for the ambitious for a number of reasons. First, demand is growing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Second, you can ply your trade anywhere in the world; from the frozen poles to the tropics, people need to find, process, distribute and sell energy.
“Thirdly, energy is a sector in which there are opportunities to work for every conceivable form and size of organization. You have endless choice as to the sort of business you want to work for, or indeed start up yourself.
“My last word of advice for the people in their 20’s and 30’s is that if you want to be effective in energy, you have to have an appreciation of the role of government, and what makes it tick. In every country, governments are closely involved in the energy sector, and they have a major influence, for good or ill. Being able to understand and work with government is a key skill for energy industry executives.
”The black tie event, organized by professional service firms Deloitte and McGrigors and sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, followed a series of seminars for young oil and gas professionals running throughout the year.
This article was published in the December 2011 edition of Roustabout and has been reprinted on OilCity with the kind permission of Energy International. www.energyinternat.com
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