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WSP

Graduate Environmental Engineer, Ground Risk and Remediation at WSP

Application Advice: Express a particular interest in the geo environment trying to highlight this within your cover letter.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic, have a life outside of work and try and talk about this within your interview.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Geoscientist, Reservoir Development at BP

Application Advice: Bear in mind there are far more people submitting an initial application than there are jobs available. Take your time and don't do anything silly that'll get you screened out before you have a chance to show yourself off in later stages. Read everything twice, and think about how you can demonstrate not only your technical skills but also your personality through your answers.

Interview Advice: Don't focus on the industry specific knowledge when preparing for interview. A deep technical foundation is more important, because everyone is very willing to teach you the petroleum bits on the job. If you have a fundamental understanding of the principles which guide earth processes, and an attitude that you're willing to learn, that is more important. I would also advise checking out the five company values - you'll need to fit them to fit in here.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

, at BP

Application Advice: Complete the application and submit as soon as the positions become available. Spread the process over two days if needs be but the faster (whilst being attentive to detail) you are, the greater chance you have.

Interview Advice: Be calm. Be polite. Be honest, if you don't know - say it. You're not expected to know everything!

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Integrated geoscientist – Development & Production, at BP

Application Advice: A background in geology is essential but detailed knowledge of petroleum geology is not, as you will learn on the job, so perhaps showing ability to learn is more important. Also useful is knowledge of the oil & gas industry as a whole and the other parts of the business apart from the one you are applying to. Displaying skills such as communication and teamwork, in line with BP's values is also very important.

Interview Advice: Technical questions about the nature of source, reservoir and cap rock. Questions about my degree (eg. mapping project). Shown pictures of core and seismic cross-sections and asked to describe reservoir/geology. Personal interview not technical at all, but focussed on how I had displayed BP's values and challenges I had overcome.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Geoscience Graduate, Reservoir Development / North Sea at BP

Application Advice: Be prepared to spend time on filling out the application form, it's long but important to give high quality answers. You can save your progress and come back to it over several sessions.

Interview Advice: Obviously you need technical knowledge of the role you are applying for but also find out about the companies values and non-technical competencies. Have a few examples of how you have displayed each of those competencies during your course as well as through extra-curricular activities

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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nucleargraduates

Geologist – Siting and Research, Radioactive Waste Management at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Spend some time reading up on the nuclear industry, particularly in the UK. Learn the relatively short history of the industry and the role of Sellafield, Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for some questions relating to the nuclear industry and how your course is related to the industry. Perfect accuracy of answers probably isn't required, just show that you have done some reading, and are aware of some of the challenges. In the assessment centre be prepared for some team-based activities and being put under a bit of pressure. Work with your colleagues and help each other through the process, they may be your workmates!

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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WSP

Graduate Consultant, Geotechnical at WSP

Application Advice: Take your time! Don't feel tempted to say 'oh, that will do'. Research the role, company and company values and the people interviewing you (LinkedIn, journals etc.) and put together an application you are really proud of.

Interview Advice: Research the people interviewing you (LinkedIn, journals etc.) - asking questions shows you have done your research. When they ask "do you have any questions for us?", don't say "no".

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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E.ON

Graduate Geoscientist, E.ON Exploration & Production at E.ON

Application Advice: Research the company and energy industry.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Anglian Water

Graduate Management Trainee, Regulation at Anglian Water

Application Advice: Show you have an active interest in the water industry, and be able to explain why this is. Self-reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses Draw on all your experiences in work, education or anything else and think about you can apply these skills to your desired role. Be yourself! A lot of emphasis during the application process is on you as a person and how you might fit into the business.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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AECOM Ltd

Graduate GIS Consultant, Environment / GIS at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Prepare thoroughly, not only in setting out your CV correctly for each job you apply for, but also for the interview. You don't know exactly what questions you will be asked, but generally interviews are quite formulaic, asking about strengths, weaknesses, probably your work as a student...

Interview Advice: Tell he interviewer you want the job...

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Geophysicist, at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Have a solid domain knowledge in geoscience.

Interview Advice: Prepare a good personal presentation.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Geosolutions Gephysicist, Marine seismic processing at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Be willing to try new things and be removed from your comfort zone. Show your adventurous side and how adaptable you are in new environments and diverse teams.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Geophysicist, Multi-component at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Present yourself honestly, and highlight strengths of ambition, problem-solving, tenacity, and hard work.

Interview Advice: Again, be honest. Acknowledge your faults and recognise them as areas for improvement. Demonstrate a keen desire for the position, and a commitment to really work for it.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Seismic Engineer, Seismic at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Must have an open mind

Interview Advice: Always speak with confidence. You don't know everything, so don't act like you do. It's ok to admit when you're wrong but understand always that you must learn from your mistakes.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Technical Geoscience Support Engineer, SIS at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Ensure you know what you will be doing when you join. Practice your technical skills and keep up to date with technology.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Geophysicist, Seismic Processing and Petrotechnical Services at Schlumberger

Application Advice: This role is a great way to use and broaden your technical knowledge. There is a strong training program with management as well as technical aspects, and working for a large company such as Schlumberger affords the opportunity to travel globally, as well as learn from and experience the wide variety of different disciplines, businesses and cultures which are integrated together.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Geosolutions Geophysicist, at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Include any relevant information regarding soft skills (e.g. problem solving) and give examples., as well as any technical experience you may have.

Interview Advice: Prepare before the interview, including information about the company as well as technical information. Read up on any innovative solutions of the company, as well as any questions you may have on recent publications or SEG lectures etc. Ask questions and think out loud in the interview.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Research Scientist, Geophysics at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Focus for this specific job is on academic credentials, so lay these out clearly. Provide clear justification for applying for this job in your cover letter. Keep it concise and interesting (though not overly funky!). Formating should be clear to read and easy to follow, but other than that, probably does not make or break your application. Mention where you heard about the job in your cover letter.

Interview Advice: The interview comprised an academic presentation given to a technical audience, followed by technical questions, and several individual interviews with more technical questions (details were provided in invitation to interview). Be prepared to explain your academic work in detail, to justify any technical choices made, and to clarify. The interviews are very straightforward, with no element if trying to trip you up or catch you unawares - everything serves the purpose of establishing whether you are the right person for the job. As in life, be nice to people you meet.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Schlumberger

Infield Geophysicist, Seismic data processing at Schlumberger

Application Advice: Come across as a well rounded individual with the capability to attempt new problems with confidence.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic about your work. Be able to talk freely about what you enjoy and your objectives.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Centrica

Graduate Geophysicist, Northern Hubs at Centrica

Application Advice: Research around what kind of project you are likely to be involved in and how much support and training you are likely to get. Try to have studied a Petroleum related Masters beforehand. This will give you excellent exposure to the type of work that you will be involved in whilst providing you with the most relevant skill set. Undertaking such a degree will give you a good indication of whether or not a career in the industry as a Geoscientist is for you.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

, at BP

Application Advice: Know the company and the culture - and try to get an internship! The internship is where they recruit a large number of graduates and it gives you more chance to show how you work, especially if you're not good at interviews.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Intergrated Geoscientist, Reservoir Management at BP

Application Advice: Spend lots of time on your application. Understand scientific principles behind the job you are apply for and be prepared to demonstrate this at interview.

Interview Advice: Have to display many different competencies, technical skills, team working skills and individual analysis and presentation skills.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Geophysicist, Geophysical Operations at BP

Application Advice: Research the role well - your interest in the role should manifest itself in some basic knowledge of the field you want to work in. Read up on the company and in the case of geophysics, read up on the basics.

Interview Advice: As above. Be nice and courteous in the group application.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Geoscience Graduate, Reservoir Management at BP

Application Advice: Apply early, and take your time over the application form. It is not unreasonable to spend an hour a day for a week filling out a job application. Make sure your application "talks to" the company's values. Write your application in an easy to digest way, bulleted lists are generally better than continuous prose. Think about competancy style/soft skill questions. Have a number of examples of experiences you can use which demonstarte a diverse range of competancies in different environments. Remember anything you put in your application is likely to be talked about at interview. Be prepared to expand.

Interview Advice: As above, be prepared with a number of examples of experiences which demonstrate soft skill compenancies. Think about key values the company has, eg is teamwork specifically mentioned on their website? Also think of competancies which play to your particular strengths, perhaps you have a lot of experience of leadership, or communicating through public speaking etc. Be prepared for the question about a weakness and how you overcome it. Technical interviews are not designed to catch you out, revise if it makes you more comfortable but it shouldn't be necessary. I didn't. They just want to find out how much you know, how much you can work out with guidance beyond your current knowledge. Dress smart, arrive early, be polite and courteous. Try to relax and be yourself!

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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BP

Geoscientist, Exploration at BP

Application Advice: Focus on being technically excellent. You can be taught how to apply your knowledge to our particular sector after you join, but if you can't think cleverly and aren't confident on the underlying principles then that's more of a problem. So show off your brain at interviews, not your polish.

Interview Advice: I was asked a lot that was relatively curve ball (not having done an industry specific course at uni), but take your time, think aloud, and don't be afraid to say 'I can get to here but then I'm stuck' and ask for help.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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Anglian Water

Water Resources Graduate Trainee, Water Resources at Anglian Water

Application Advice: Research the company and the specific role, i.e. know who and what you are applying for. Make sure you answer with clear and coherent answers in the application stage.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Ensure it comes across how much you want the job. Have some good examples prepared to demonstrate how you repond to different situations, e.g. in a team or under pressure.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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WSP

Graduate Geo-Environmental Consultant, Land Restoration and Ground Engineering at WSP

Application Advice: You have to be able to commit to the role, if you can you will get a lot out of it. If you have a social life at weekends or in the evenings, be prepared to cancel plans at the last minute. Your career will be with you longer than the memory of a night out.

Interview Advice: I was asked to prepare a presentation on the development constraints in relation to contaminated land. It's worth taking time to do this properly, and learn your slides without the need for using prompts.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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nucleargraduates

Nuclear Regulator, Nuclear Regulation at nucleargraduates

Application Advice: Be prepared for unusual questions.

Interview Advice: Have a good basic knowledge about the nuclear industry. Be confident and show your real personality.

Industry: Energy and Utilities, Geoscientist

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