Fraserburgh man Paul Burnett is one of the newest group of graduate engineers at Aberdeen oil and gas consultancy Apply Altra.
Paul (27), who was sponsored by Apply Altra in his final year, has just graduated from Strathclyde University with an MSc in Chemical Engineering, but had his job as a process engineer lined up well in advance.
Paul says: “I worked as a summer student for four-and-a-half months and that allowed me to see the level of exposure that I would get. I also spent my placement here working on my thesis.
“I was over the moon when they offered me a job, because it meant that I would have a year’s experience with the company under my belt before I even graduated.
“Knowing I had a job made my final year less stressful. A lot of my friends were taking a week off university to go for interviews, which is not ideal when there is so much work to focus on.
“What impressed me was the fact that even when things were really tough for the industry a couple of years ago there was still a determination by the company to go around the universities because they knew that taking on a student would benefit them in the long term.
“I can see myself working in oil and gas for the rest of my career. The technology is so diverse and changes so much that you could work for 20 years and always be learning something new.”
The company is currently looking to recruit a number of additional graduates into a range of different posts.
Further information can be found at www.applyaltra.com and Apply Altra can be contacted on 01224 652200 or by emailing email@example.com.