Challenge yourself: Cepsa on how to start and progress your career in the gas industry

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Juan Carbayo, Business Development Manager, Cepsa
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Inter-connected and fast-changing gas markets are providing challenges that require a steady supply of recruits motivated by the potential to have an international, and dynamic career. And that’s what motivated me to develop my professional path in the industry over twenty years ago. I had already completed my post-graduate studies in France, England and the U.S., and so I fixed on the energy industry as being a sector with amazing international prospects. To do that at a leading, integrated company working across the entire petroleum value chain, and even now in renewables, was a dream at the time.

When I first joined Cepsa I went into its Trading division, which is responsible for activities such as providing crude to the company’s refineries, selling the company’s resources it produces at its oil and gas fields, operating a bunker fuel supply business, and trading on international markets. Such an internationally focused business meant I was straight away working in a global environment and speaking in English in my daily work.

From those beginnings Cepsa has given me the chance to continue to learn and adapt; I went to work for the marine fuels business in international sales, and from there I moved into the company’s natural gas business. This business provides energy to large industrial customers, and to homes, and I have worked in Logistics, Sales, and Risk and Business Development.

And now starting in Cepsa is much easier for young people than when I started! The company has two leading programs aimed at students, trainees and graduates ready to make the leap into the business world. The first is the Challenging U-in Company aimed at recent graduates. This program is ideal for someone wishing to gain experience working for a multi-national company, while the program is also combined with a management training course at a leading business school.

The advantage for these students is that they get to work alongside professionals with extensive experience, and pick up the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers. And Cepsa’s aim is also to develop a young talent pool, so there may be opportunities for the best in class to develop in the business after they finish the course.

The second program, being more international, may have appealed to me if it was on offer when I started all those years ago. It’s called the Challenging U-international School. This program is aimed at recent engineering graduates who want to finish their studies at a prestigious international school dedicated to the world of oil and industrial research. The Masters course and a financial grant are paid for by Cepsa, and the company also offers a work contract when the Masters is completed.

Both courses reflect Cepsa’s work to attract and retain talent at the early stages of a professional career. And once you’ve started at Cepsa, then your ambitions may take you on as long and exciting of a career as I have enjoyed here. So, challenge yourself!

If you would like to attend the Young Gastech programme* and hear more from Juan Carbayo on "Why Did I Choose a Career in Energy?", visit the Gastech site today! 

*Young Gastech is aimed at final year university students, graduates and young energy professionals with 12-18 months experience.