June 24, 2019

Top companies to work for as an oil and gas graduate

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The oil and gas industry is a very affluent sector and, as such, is particularly competitive for graduates. With the industry constantly searching for new talent across a broad range of sectors, it is an industry considered by many, therefore it is important to know which companies offering the best start for graduates looking to get a foot in the industry.

Whether you have undertaken an MSc in oil and gas management in the UK or are looking for an engineering role, this guide will offer the all-important information you need to make an informed decision over oil careers and where to submit job applications.


BP, formerly British Petroleum, are one of the biggest players in the oil and gas sector and offer some impressive graduate opportunities with their oil careers. With graduate opportunities available with BP all over the world there is no limit to where it may take you. BP have been described by their employees as having a great work life balance as well as having fantastic opportunities for career progression across the multiple areas offered in their oil careers.

They have received a 4.2/5 average employee rating on thejobcrowd.com and been awarded the title of one of the top companies for graduates to work for by the website in 2013/14 as well as featuring on the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list.


AMEC is another oil and gas service company that offer their graduates excellent engineering and commercial opportunities in a variety of different sectors. AMEC attends a number of events and careers fairs in various areas and universities for students to come down and have a look at what they have to offer.

As one of the world’s leading engineering, project management and consultancy companies, AMEC is a great choice for London EMBA course graduates who offer career development opportunities. Based in 40 countries worldwide, AMEC also operates in the mining, clean energy and environment and infrastructure markets.

The AMEC Graduates pages offer plenty of information for oil and gas graduates to use in their job search including a particularly helpful Graduate Jobs Search tool bar and a Degree Matcher that allows graduates to search jobs by degree level, area and location.

AMEC Graduates
AMEC Graduates

Unsurprisingly, AMEC’s graduate reputation scored them a place on The Guardian UK 300 list of most popular employers.


Shell are another large oil and gas services provider, therefore it should come as no surprise that they offer a great graduate programme. Their UK Graduate Programme opens for applications every August and provides a pathway for Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD students to gain entry into their desired oil careers. With training and development offered as part of their careers programme as well as numerous rewards and job benefits, they also have made the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list.

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil are an American multinational oil and gas company with headquarters in Texas but they still offer UK graduates some fantastic entry routes into oil careers at the company. With a great range of apprenticeships and placements on top of their graduate career opportunities, Exxon pride themselves on offering a diverse range of schemes to recruit the best graduate talent. This approach has seen them be listed on the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list.


Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution. The company provides outstanding opportunities for students and graduates of executive MBA programmes in the UK and worldwide, offering a wide range of careers that enable its employees to achieve their professional goals, whilst working in a dynamic environment.

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Emerson offers a complete Graduate Programme in the UK with both commercial and engineering development opportunities, providing an excellent start for high-potential students looking for a career with a company that supports the process industries such as oil and gas, refining, chemical, power and life sciences among others.


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2 thoughts on “Top companies to work for as an oil and gas graduate

  1. It is very helpful blog for those who are searching for jobs and are trying to enter in this field. This list of top companies is very helpful for the graduates as this industry provides really a great scope for people to get into it and learn so many things and techniques. Keep sharing!
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