Nexen introduces a new grad program encouraging recent hires to test-drive different disciplines
First published in jobpostings magazine
careers. education. ideas. all of it.
Many recent graduate seem lost when starting a new career. This is why Nexen—an upstream oil and gas company—has developed a comprehensive new grad program for its employees, which encourages recent hires to test-drive different disciplines.
Their rotational program offers technical, finance, and CA streams—and within each, new grads rotate positions before eventually selecting their role in the company. So, what’s it like, you wonder? We asked Houston-based employee Sarah Craig, a mechanical engineering grad from the University of Saskatchewan, to share her experience. Here’s what she told us.
You’ve completed Nexen’s new grad program; now you’re a project engineer. What’s it really like?
This is my fourth role within Nexen in six-and-a-half years. My first three roles were rotations in the new grad program. Now I’m a project engineer working on several different projectsin the Gulf of Mexico from our Houston office including drilling a sidetrack well on the shelf.
Tell us about your experience with Nexen’s new grad rotational program. In your own personal experience, how is the program beneficial to new grads?
In the rotational program, the onus is on the new grad to pursue what her or his interests are. I’ve heard other oil and gas companies don’t put much responsibility on new grads; they’re just there to observe and learn. At Nexen, you’re a valued member of the team as soon as you walk through the door.
All three of my rotations were in Canadian oil and gas; I started as a reservoir engineer in Medicine Hat. Then, I went into production engineering for deep sour gas just on the outskirts of Calgary, which gave me exposure to day-to-day operations. I was given a lot of responsibility and accountability right from the beginning. My third role was as an optimization engineer with the coal-bed methane asset in Fort Assiniboine. The reason I chose Nexen was because of the flexibility of the new grad program. You get cross-discipline exposure and an in-depth understanding of Nexen’s operations.