Careers in Energy – LBS EMBA Global Class
Early in February, the Energy Club collaborated with the EMBA Global Class of 2018 to bring together a diverse panel of professionals to answer from popular questions about the energy sector. The panels represented a diverse array of stakeholders from the industry with professionals from investment firms, oil and gas operators, service companies and government. The event demonstrated the variety of careers possible within the energy industry while advertising the huge amount of expertise within the EMBA program.
The speakers included Kumar Jeev who is a principal at DC Energy, a key player in the energy transmission markets in the United States. A governmental perspective was provided by Merlin Cochran who is a deputy general director of the Mexican Ministry of Energy. Sarah Walker, senior manager at GE and Karim Mekouar from Schlumberger provided insights from the perspective of energy service organizations. Olga Gromova from Shell represented the view of integrated oil companies while also on hand were Jens Berge from Moller Maersk and Rahul Alreja from VJ Technologies.
The bulk of the discussion revolved around two main themes. The first theme was the diversity of career options within the industry. Whether it is trading energy across various transmission systems or managing mergers between service organizations, the panellists elaborated on how the energy industry provides attractive options for professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. The second theme was the cyclical nature of the business and how opportunities are highly dependent on the cycle. Conversely, Rahul Alreja astutely pointed out that low oil prices do not necessarily mean bad news for every company in oil and gas, as it can be beneficial for service-type organizations which assist oil majors when times are tough. Panellists fielded multiple questions from the audience regarding the tactical aspects of making the daunting and acronym-filled transition to the industry from a non-energy background. Despite a rapid ramp-up period, the consensus view was that the first six months were the most difficult and that most people making the transition were up to speed in no time.