Office Hours: Start an Amazing Career with Nexen

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On September 22nd, we hosted an Office Hours online chat with Nexen to talk about their incredible co-op, internship and new grad opportunities and how to become a successful candidate. Read on to find out what we talked about!

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Hey Students and New Grads! Welcome to our Office Hours with Nexen! My name is Akemi and I’ll be moderating our chat today.

Over the next hour, we’ll be taking your questions on how to join the Nexen team-all you need to do is click on the chat box, put in your name and start submitting your questions for Nexen’s egg-spert recruiters!

And now without further ado, I’d like to welcome our guest experts from Nexen! Why don’t you all introduce yourselves?

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi! My name is Matt and I’m the Team Lead of Campus Relations at Nexen! I’ve been working at Nexen for seven years. I’ve been through the HR New Grad program and went through five different experiences within HR. I’m excited to be here today!

Hey! My name is Nicole Sato and I’m a campus recruiter at Nexen! I’ve been working at Nexen for a bit over one year now and I absolutely LOVE it. My job is to find the best and brightest students and new grads to come work at Nexen.

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Thank you Nicole and Matt! Here’s our first question!

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Ali, a PhD student in Management Science at McMaster University asks:
“I’m currently doing research on the transportation of hazardous materials-are there any internship or full-time job openings at Nexen that relate to this topic?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Ali, unfortunately we do not have student positions within materials transportation at Nexen. Thanks for asking!

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Stefan, a Human Geography and Environmental Studies student at the University of Toronto asks: “What opportunities are available at Nexen for students with liberal arts degrees?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hey Stefan and welcome to our Office Hours! Specifically for environmental studies, we offer positions within our Health, Safety, & Environment department. We have also hired economics majors in the past as well.

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Hassan, an Information Technology Support Services student at Sheridan asks:
“What kind of qualifications do you need to be hired into Nexen’s IT department?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Hassan! Thanks for the question! We offer summer and co-op positions within our IT department. In the past, we have hired mainly computer science & software/computer engineering students into these roles. Take a look at the job postings to ensure you meet the qualifications for the role – that is where they will be posted. We will also be posting 16-month co-op positions in January 2017 to start in May 2017 so keep your eyes peeled for those postings if you are qualified!

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Ryan Li, a student asks:
“My goal is to pursue a career in the energy industry with companies like Nexen-do you have any advice on how to transfer my rather research focused experience into the industry and for Nexen?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Ryan! Thanks for the question! We would recommend taking a look at the job descriptions and determining if your research experiences relates in any way to the position. Even if it doesn’t, you can still relate soft skills you have developed through your research and relate that back to how you would be a good fit for Nexen.

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Daniel, a Finance student at the University of Calgary asks:
“What projects have you worked on at Nexen? What kinds of career and personal growth opportunities does Nexen offer its employees?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Daniel, Nexen is flexible and tailors your experiences to what you’re interested in learning and developing for your personal career growth.

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Seyi, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan asks:
“What types of work functions do engineers at Nexen perform?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hey Seyi! Since we hire a diverse range of engineers (eg: reservoir, drilling, completions, facilities, operations – just to name a few), it really depends on what business unit you work in. For example, in D&C, a one of our new grads current is working on designing, writing, and executing drilling, completions, and abandonment programs!

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Demi, a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Alberta asks:
“As a recent graduate, how can I connect with your company?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Demi! Thanks for asking! First – if you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile – create one! We have a LinkedIn Group called ‘The Nexen Student Connection’ – I recommend joining that group to keep connected on our campus activities! We frequently post on there and answer any questions that students and new grads have about working at Nexen.

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Antoine Fournier, a student asks:
“I have seen a lot of student jobs, will there be more full-time jobs soon?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Antoine! Entry level/Full-time positions are posted throughout the year as per business need and we currently don’t have any full time positions available outside of our 5 New Grad postings at the moment. Our focus right now is on our student hiring. Check out our careers page for further details regarding postings!

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Olawale, a graduate of Memorial University’s Oil and Gas Engineering Master’s program asks: “What’s the best way to kickstart my career with Nexen?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Olawale, I always recommend getting involved in a co-op/internship program if you haven’t done so already in your academic career. That experience is extremely beneficial and will give you the competitive advantage upon graduation. Best of luck applying to new grad roles!

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James, an Engineering student at the University of New Brunswick asks:
“What makes a student or new grad application stand out from everyone else?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hey James! Having solid reasons on why you would be the best fit (how is Nexen a great cultural fit for you, and how are you a great cultural fit for Nexen?) will definitely make you stand out. Also, ensuring you are applying to roles you are qualified for and stating why exactly you are interested in the role.

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Ryan, a Finance student at the University of British Columbia asks:
“How can I translate my experience in quantitative data and policy research into qualifications that would be valuable for a position in the energy industry?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Ryan! When reading job descriptions, try to link back how your previous experiences would be beneficial for the role. Also, research the company and try to network with people in the organization. Asking questions at career fairs is a great way to network and can give you a better understanding on what day to day work is really like.

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Oliver Maden, a student asks:
“What kind of assistance do you provide to those of us who would relocate to Calgary for a position at Nexen?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Oliver, we provide relocation assistance for students (summer and co-op) who live outside of Calgary to come and work with us here. However, it would be your responsibility to find your own accommodations. If you were to be the successful candidate and relocate as New Grad, we have a generous relocation package that is offered. We hope you decide to apply to work with us in Calgary!

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Abrar, a Computer Information Systems student at Mount Royal University asks:
“What is the best time for new grads and entry level candidates to apply for positions at your company?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hey Abrar! We post our New Graduate positions in September for the following year, and other entry level positions are posted throughout the year as per business need. Something to keep in mind – New grads who have graduated up to two years prior are eligible to apply to our New Grad positions!

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Nee, a Global Energy Management student at the University of Colorado asks:
“What are some examples of career development programs that Nexen offers to its employees?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Nee! We offer development opportunities to all employees, whether those are in-house based courses or external conferences. We have a huge focus on developing our internal employees through developmental moves within different business units in the organization.

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Anisan, a Chemical Engineering student at Ryerson University asks:
“Does Nexen hire co-op students and interns from Ontario?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Anisan, thanks for the question! Yes we do! We recruit the best and brightest students from all across Canada for our student and new graduate positions. It’s also a great way for our students to network with other students across the country!

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12raves13birds, a student asks:
“Are there rotational opportunities (rotating or working with different sub departments for a project or a task) available for interns at Nexen?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi 12raves13birds! The opportunity to gain exposure via projects in sub-departments are there based on the student’s interests. If you take the initiative and let your supervisor know your interests, they are more than happy to help you meet your personal and professional development goals!

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Griffith, a student at Ryerson University asks:
“What are some of the challenges that the oil and gas industry is facing?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Thanks for the question, Griffith! We are currently dealing with the challenges that come along with the low price of oil and the current economy.

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Calvin, a Business student with a specialization in Energy Management at the University of Calgary asks: “What kinds of career streams are available at Nexen?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Calvin! We offer New Graduate programs within Accounting, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, and Health, Safety & Environment, in addition to our entry level roles.

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Omoniyi, an Oil and Gas Engineering student at Memorial University asks:
“How can new graduates who don’t have a lot of industry experience improve their application to your company? Also, do you weigh a candidate’s academic performance?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Omoniyi, We would recommend highlighting your transferrable skills as well as why you would be the best candidate for the role and highlighting what would make you a good fit for Nexen & how nexen is a good fit for you. We do consider academic performance as a factor when shortlisting.

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Nate Walsh, a student asks: “Can you tell us what qualifications you have previously looked for when hiring the New Grad – GIT position?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Nate, in addition to the qualifications in the job description, we typically look for candidates who have related work experience and would be cultural fit to Nexen. You can find more info about our cultural beliefs on the Nexen website. We open the position up to graduates who have graduated within the past 2 years as well.

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Raveena, a Mechanical Engineering student at Western University asks:
“How many engineering interns does Nexen accept every year?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Raveena! Last year we hired 30 engineering summer & co-op students with start dates of January, May, & September, and we are hoping to recruit the same number this year as well! Thanks for asking!

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Andy, a Petroleum Engineering student at the University of Regina asks:
“Do you have any tips on how to deliver a top-notch interview?”

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hi Andy! Here are our top 4 tips for success: 1. Be on time for the interview! 2. When answering behavioral based questions, use the STAR technique (situation, tasks, actions, result and ensure you specify your learning and result from the situation – this is quite often missed!) 3. Come prepared with knowledge of the company and questions to ask! 4. Thank the interviewers for their time by sending a note after the interview to stand out! Thanks for asking!

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We’re almost at the end of today’s Office Hours with Nexen! Before we wrap things up-do you have a final piece of advice for students and new grads hoping to join the Nexen team?

Nicole Sato & Matt Maciejewski (Nexen Campus Relations Team)
Hey guys, the most important piece of advice that I would give students is around resumes and cover letters. These are the most important documents that you submit to a company. They create your first impression to us! You should always have a unique cover letter and resume to each job that you apply to, and highlight why you are a great fit for the company and vice versa. And remember it’s a difficult time to obtain employment right now so if you don’t get the exact job that you’re looking for don’t hesitate to expand your horizons and try a new industry! A big thank you to everyone for attending today and we hope we answered all your questions. – Matt

My final piece of advice is to be open and flexible while you’re young and starting out your career. Be willing to relocate for great experiences and get out of your comfort zone. I agree with Matt’s comments as well – even if it isn’t the perfect job you land fresh from university, be willing to try it out – it could end up being something you love! Thanks for chatting with us today and keep connected with me through our Twitter @nexencampus and LinkedIn Student Group ‘The Nexen Student Connection’ ! Take care! – Nicole

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Wonderful! And that’s it for today! Thank you so much to our guest experts from Nexen for joining us and thank you to our audience for being a part of our Office Hours with Nexen. Make sure to bookmark our Office Hours page to sign up for future live online Q & A sessions with Nexen and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to get the latest updates on how to hatch an egg-citing career with Nexen!

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