Top 10 things we learned at the 2014 Energy Focus Forum

Energy Focus Forum

At this year’s Energy Focus Forum, co-hosted by the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, attendees gathered to debate issues, share best practices, and participate in moderated discussions on key topics in the energy industry. If you were not able to attend the 2014 Energy Focus Forum, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the great content shared!

Here are the top 10 takeaways from this year’s event:

  1. Students most appreciate their internships when they are able to immediately contribute to the company and own their own projects. Students are most interested in careers in the Energy industry where they can see potential growth opportunities.
  2. Candidates should have different résumés tailored for different industries, but further, they need different résumés tailored for different roles within those industries.
  3. Throughout the recruitment process, alumni are a company’s best employment brand ambassadors.
  4. In addition to big name brands, first-year students tend to assume that the companies with the longest lines at career fairs are the best ones to work for.
  5. Career service offices offer multiple ways for students to learn about the energy industry, including: Energy Clubs, Energy Info Sessions, Energy 101 Elective Courses, Energy Weekend Boot Camps, etc.
  6. By observing how colleagues interact at career fairs, students are taking their first look at a company’s culture.
  7. Employers should become involved with the b-school courses; it's a great way to directly tie the curriculum to the job.
  8. Employers can reach out to career centers to easily find out if students are interested in careers at their company. If employers would like to increase their brand on campus, they should simply ask! Career centers have tons of ways to help, including: sponsoring events, moderated panels, coffee chats, etc.
  9. Many MBAs that are interested in the energy industry are career switchers; this includes both full-time students and professional/executive MBAs.
  10. Whether or not recruiters actually read cover letters, they are a great introspective exercise to help candidates understand if the energy related-job they are applying for is the right job for them.

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



Todd Erdy

Strategic Corporate Partnerships

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