Job opportunities for MBAs in the energy sector are on the rise, but making sense of where these jobs fit in a sector as complex as this one can be difficult. “It’s not enough for a student to say, ‘I want to work in energy,’ says EDGE’s managing director Katie Kross. “Do you want to work for an exploration and production company? a renewable energy developer? a smart grid technology startup? an energy trader?”
To help students visualize employers along the energy value chain, EDGE has developed a “roadmap” of example employers in the energy sector—from energy production (upstream) to generation and distribution to consumption. There are career opportunities at each point along this value chain, as well as some (like energy sector consulting) that may span the value chain.
The diagram, which is modeled loosely after energy flow charts known as Sankey diagrams, is not intended to paint a comprehensive picture of the sector, says Kross. “We just wanted to give students a few examples in each part of the value chain. We also hoped this diagram might help students think about opportunities to work in energy that might not have occurred to them before. For instance, they might not have thought about opportunities to work at one of the national labs or in the energy group at a company like Google. There are lots of interesting ways MBAs can have an impact when it comes to energy issues.”
Kross notes that the sector is changing rapidly, with new companies coming into the market and mergers and acquisition activities making others obsolete. Students should not rely on this diagram as their sole list of employers, but rather use it as a starting point for researching the sector further.
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