Nexen

Calgary, Alberta

New grad profiles

Read the profiles below to find out why these new graduates chose Nexen, the top reasons they like working at Nexen, and what their advice is for new graduates looking to land their first job!

Lyndsey Thomas

Lyndsey Thomas - Engineer in Training

Why did you choose Nexen?

I began as a summer student at Nexen, and it was clear from the start that one of the company’s primary focuses is on career development. The new grad program exposes you to many disciplines, and the diverse asset base in both conventional and unconventional plays allows you to create a solid career foundation. I saw many opportunities available within Nexen’s portfolio which would make for a great profession not simply a job.

What advice would you give to new graduates looking to land their first job?

There is much more to a company than their assets; it is essential that they have the right values, corporate culture, and support to help you succeed in your career. Research on all aspects of a company to ensure you find one that is right for you.

What are the top reasons you like working at Nexen?
  • Working with people who have experience and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge
  • The compressed work schedule provides a work-life balance
  • Technical field trips, knowledge forums and community initiatives
Coretta Mends

Coretta Mends - Petroleum Engineer

Why did you choose Nexen?

I chose Nexen because it’s a diverse company where I can work on world-class assets. I also heard Nexen had talented employees around the globe, so the people really contributed to my decision.

What advice would you give to new graduates looking to land their first job?

Be persistent but patient. The world is full of opportunities, but it’s important to find something that matches your skills and interest. The oil and gas industry is very dynamic, so it’s important to bring fresh ideas and stay current on technology trends. As a graduate, you should be able to bring enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

What are the top reasons you like working at Nexen?
  • Compressed work week
  • Fantastic people to work with
  • Being able to work on challenging and exciting projects
  • Made to feel involved and have an important role in the team despite being a graduate
  • Training opportunities
Sean Martin

Sean Martin-Courtright - Working Capital Analyst

Why did you choose Nexen?

In my final year of university, I decided to pursue a Chartered Accountant designation because I thought it would provide me with the best training and credentials for the business world. Nexen provided an innovative way to obtain a CA within the energy industry. When I took a closer look at Nexen’s program and met the people chosen to interview me, it was an easy decision.

What advice would you give to new graduates looking to land their first job?

Do lots of research on the company and the industry. This will let you impress recruiters with your knowledge and preparation, and assist you in identifying companies and roles that may appeal to you. The more information you have, the easier it is to identify a position you will enjoy and succeed at.

What are the top reasons you like working at Nexen?
  • Strong mentorship: people really are interested in teaching new employees and making sure we understand the values of the company
  • Rotational program: exposure to different roles and functions in the company
  • Corporate culture: fosters learning and personal development
Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson - Geologist

Why did you choose Nexen?

After reading about Nexen, I felt its core values matched mine. The company size was also important to me - it’s not a huge company, but it has big assets and a diverse portfolio. The atmosphere and corporate culture allow me to be an integral part of the team while at the same time, gaining superior hands-on technical experience.

What advice would you give to new graduates looking to land their first job?

Apply to many graduate recruitment processes because they provide you with interview experience, and you become familiar with a variety of industries and companies. With each interview, you not only get practice at answering questions but you also learn more about yourself through the questions asked of you.

What are the top reasons you like working at Nexen?
  • Graduate rotation and work experience on world-class assets and facilities
  • Integrity - the company has strong ethics and their values and principles align with mine
  • Belief in work-life balance – having the flexibility to participate in a compressed work schedule
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