Top 6 takeaways from the 2013 Energy Focus Forum


As the thought leader in MBA recruitment, MBA Focus was proud to host three industry-specific Focus Forums this summer, where the leading business schools and employers gathered to debate issues, share best practices, and participate in moderated discussions on key topics. At this year’s Energy Focus Forum, co-hosted by the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, nearly 50 attendees gathered to share ideas and network with other thought leaders in the industry. With a common goal to effectively match MBAs with their dreams jobs and employers with the talent they need, the willingness to share and open dialogue at these events makes it possible for everyone to succeed. If you were not able to attend the 2013 Energy Focus Forum, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the great content shared.

Here are the top 6 takeaways from this year's event:

  • Schools can help the energy industry grow by continuing to produce students who understand what working in the industry is like.
  • Having a career, verses having a job for a few years and looking for fast career advancement does not exist in the energy industry. Additionally, candidates are expected to be patient and work in the same job for a number of years before being considered for advancement (like the consulting or finance industries). The energy industry still offers long-lasting 15, 20 and 30 year careers.
  • Student who are looking to break into the energy industry are expected to apply for roles, network with others in the industry, call to follow-up on their applications, attend information sessions, and partake in other industry-related campus events.
  • The energy industry likes to hiring military veterans as they have the skills & leadership experience that aligns well with the industry; it is for this reason that many oil & gas companies have special teams that hire vets.
  • Overall, employees working in the energy industry understand that they must work hard in their current role before being considered for future opportunities. A person may find themselves in their roles for 3-4 years before an advancement is considered.
  • Keys to recruiting MBAs in the energy industry:
    • clearly defined career path, job content, and recruiting process
    • explain how the MBA can make a difference in your company
    • culture and value match
    • personalized recruiting experience

Did we miss any? Comment below if you have any takeaways or best practices to add to our list!


Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt is the Vice President of Marketing and Research at GradLeaders. During his 10+ years at GradLeaders, the network has grown to have now helped over 600,000 employers and 26,500,000 students from more than 1,000 schools around the world. Ryan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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