What to do after oil and gas

With the oil industry downturn, many people are now looking to other industries to build a career. They are being forced to diversify as the prospect of fewer jobs in UK oil and gas over the longer term is fast becoming a reality.

Fortunately, skills can be transferable to a number of different industries and there are parallels in some job functions.


One company seeking sales people with an oil industry background is Scottish printer Pandaprint.

Managing director Mark Wilson said: “There is tremendous talent in the oil and gas industry and while the industry is changing, I have no doubt it will burn brightly once more, albeit in a downsized, sleeker form.

“I am keen to recruit sales people who know the industry inside out and who can help develop our business further at Pandaprint.

“In sales, I firmly believe that there are excellent professionals who can adapt their skill sets to the demands of different industries and, in our case, I would be looking for people to do just that, but also aid us in oil and gas once the time is appropriate.”

Pandaprint is an example of a family business which has battled the slings and arrows of commercial activities over the years to post a record turnover of £2million last year.

In fact, the Wilson family have been in the printing industry for more than 100 years.

Mark’s great-grandfather, James Wilson, established James Wilson and Company in 1911 in Dunfermline, and his son, Robert, inherited the successful printing company shortly after World War II.

Mark’s father, James, joined the family firm in 1969 before taking over the reins in 1974. He remains non-executive chairman of Pandaprint.

Following a highly successful decade in the 1970s, James Wilson and Company was sold in the early 1980s to a PLC with James Wilson retained as its managing director for two years before he left to pursue other business interests. He later bought over Pandaprint, which had been established in 1979.

The company now has a number of high-profile public and private sector clients, is a Scottish Government-approved supplier, and from its Fife base, carries out work throughout the UK.

Despite the changes to printing in recent years, it remains a massive industry in the UK with a £14billion turnover.

“We may have moved from physical typesetting to everything being organised by the touch of a button, but the principles remain the same as far as we are concerned,” said Mark.

“We are hired to do a job and we pride ourselves on the excellence of our work and ultimately the product.

“I believe in hiring good people and many of our employees have been with us for more than 20 years. I know there are many good sales people who have been affected by the oil downturn and I would like to talk to them.”

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