Transitioning to a Career in Renewable Energies – Part Two

2021, Job Market

Following on from the last blog on renewable energy, we’re showing that there’s a clear pathway from the Oil and Gas industry into the growing renewables sector. 

According to a recent report by Renewable Energy: Future Jobs and Growth, 50% renewable electricity by 2030 will create almost 50% more employment than the ‘business as usual’ trajectory. This report compares two scenarios for the national energy sector – business as usual renewable energy growth (34% renewable electricity in 2030) and 50% of electricity derived from renewable sources in Australia by 2030. Both scenarios show increased uptake of renewable electricity will create employment nationwide.

A 50% Renewable Electricity (50RE) scenario in 2030 will lead to over 28,000 new jobs, nearly 50% more employment than a business as usual (BAU) scenario. Jobs are created in the construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy installations, as well as in related industries. The report can be found here

The job creation from renewable energy can come from the Oil and Gas and mining sector, but there are plenty of other job categories from which you can transition into this arena. Some of the job categories within renewable energy include:

  • Business and commercial
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Information technology
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Skilled trades

Soft skills will be valuable. However, the general skills for any engineering or manufacturing job generally include being hands-on, paying attention to detail, working well under pressure and with others, and so on.

Job creation from renewable energy sector

For specific job roles, the exact skills required are clearly outlined within job role descriptions. Take for example a wind turbine service engineer, who would need to be prepared and trained to work at heights, have first-aid and fire awareness training as well as other job-specific requirements. Many of these are basic requirements within many skilled trades and will already put you in pole position for this type of work. As a wind turbine technician, your job will be to install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. This requires you to work mainly outdoors, in confined spaces, and often at great heights. 

Before you leap in, prepare your mindset as to why you’re making the change to renewable energy. Why do you want to transition to renewables? Is it to be part of a growing industry? Is it because you believe in the importance of green energy? Or is it simply that you’re looking for any job and this one will do. Any one of those isn’t going to impress a potential employer.

It’s not just about what you put on your resume, though. You need to seriously consider why you want to make this transition. How will this benefit you? What will you get out of this that you can’t get in Oil and Gas, or mining? When you’re honest about your reasons it shows and will motivate you to seek the right opportunity in the right place for the right reasons. If you’re in Oil and Gas or mining, there are training schemes both within energy companies and outside them that are dedicated to renewable energy jobs. For example, Origin Energy is growing its position in renewable energy, and it’s one of its major priorities.  BHP Billiton is committed to a major shift to renewable energy and has already signed a firm renewable power purchasing agreement to meet half of its electricity needs across its Queensland Coal mines from low emissions sources, including solar and wind. The agreement will help BHP reduce emissions from electricity use in its Queensland operations by 50 per cent by 2025, based on FY2020 levels. Meanwhile, Woodside Petroleum has pledged to help reduce global emissions, and their climate change strategy is to build and maintain a carbon-resilient portfolio, including natural gas and new energy technologies. They are dedicated to limiting their greenhouse gas emissions through efficient operations and design together with carbon offsets.

Whilst your Oil and Gas experience may be useful, there’s always more that you can learn. So, take whatever time you can to look up training or learning opportunities and take advantage of them. Aside from giving you the skills or qualifications you need; they can often be great networking opportunities that may pay off in the future.

To sum up, careers in the renewable energy industry are definitely experiencing a spike in popularity, with many lucrative roles expected to be in demand by many world-class technology companies. Additionally, the industry offers well-paying entry-level, mid-level, and high-level job opportunities, so there are good chances you can land a job based on your skills and education.

At Select Resumes we are experts in creating transition resumes that will pitch you perfectly to leverage this upcoming boom in a way that is credible, authentic, and persuasive. Call us today for an exploratory chat.

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