Case study

Commercial analyst — Jack

Find out how the transferable skills acquired through studying for a chemistry degree secured Jack a career within the energy industry

How did you get your job?

I attended a local careers fair in Kirkby-In-Ashfield where I first heard about Yu Energy. After chatting about the company and the opportunities they had on offer, I attended an interview where I was able to discuss a specific role that I felt was more suitable to my interests.

Following the interview, I was offered the role of commercial analyst.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

My chemistry degree isn't exactly relevant to the energy industry or the role, however the skills that I have gained through university will stand me in great stead in the future and I feel they can be transferred into my role at Yu Energy.

I've been able to use the skills I learned at university such as Excel formulas and analysing tables and graphs. I was frequently set deadlines on my chemistry course and attended various meetings. This has helped me with time management and has enabled me to work efficiently throughout my role.

The responsibility that I was given at university through working independently in laboratories has made me feel at ease when being given challenging tasks at work.

What are your main work activities?

My day-to-day work activities involve identifying various trends within a large amount of data. Through identifying these trends, I will be able to maximise performance within the company. Such analysis will typically take place in Excel.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

I have been able to understand the energy industry in more detail and I am able to make decisions that can benefit the business.

I would like to understand the industry further and develop my career skills to gain more responsibility and show leadership.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the positive outcome of identifying trends and making a difference for the business.

Improving the business enables the employees to feel appreciated, which leads to more dedicated workers and therefore excellent customer service and prices.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

As my degree is different to the tasks I undertake at work, I can sometimes feel out of my comfort zone. The industry is huge and therefore requires a lot of learning and this is a continuous challenge.

Any advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

I would advise people to be sure that the energy industry is a career path they want to take, as it is a long process and you will face different challenges throughout.

However, despite the degree you have taken, I feel there is a place for any candidate within the energy industry as it provides a range of job opportunities.

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