By Kevin Stevens
**pulled from his thread of advice on Twitter**
Have received a lot inbounds recently asking for career advice and how to break into energy.
I’m the worst person to ask, but here are a few tips that worked for me.
Do the little things well and someone will almost certainly give you a shot to execute on the big ones.
This isn’t an energy specific thing, but I believe this is the best way to make the jump into a new sector.
Say yes a lot at first.
I took roles in BD and finance before joining a startup.
Then I did product marketing and product management.
I learned a ton and became well-rounded. I’m glad I did.
Energy needs talent everywhere right now.
Understand the energy slant of your area of expertise.
In finance? Understand how capital markets move in the sector.
In product? Understand how consumers and businesses interact with energy.
Bring your unique viewpoint to the sector.
Lastly, and most importantly, luck plays a huge role, put yourself in situations to be lucky.
Energy is in a current state of flux, there’s a lot of movement get in the middle of it.
Help where you can and are able, it’ll pay off.
By Heather Shepard
Even thinking about career switching can be overwhelming -- you need to give yourself time to build a new professional contacts, find out about target companies and create time for learning. Here are some action-oriented first steps designed to kick-start your efforts:
Be patient. It takes time but each step you take will open new doors and new learnings.