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- Start brushing up on industry knowledge: in particular, stay up to date on trends in the energy industry. Bloomberg’s Energy pages,Greentech Media, Renewable Energy World, and the Houston Business Journal’s Energy Inc. newsletter will be helpful resources.
- Identify top 2-3 verticals of interest: this helps narrow down your scope in the wide energy & sustainability industry. Some verticals include oil & gas, mining, wind energy, geothermal energy, renewable energy (overall), solar/photovoltaic energy, nuclear power, etc.
- Build your functional skills: as mentioned by the Fuqua School of Business EDGE Notes, energy companies are looking for specific skills in finance, operations/supply chain, decision sciences, and marketing/sales.
- Understand concerns of key stakeholders: Read 1-2 brokerage reports on your target energy segment or potential target companies, and identify key products and trials investors are monitoring
- Dig deeper into technical trends: Every month, check (or if you dare, subscribe) to industry journals like Oil & Gas Journal. Knowing some industry nuances may impress an interviewer at the right time, and/or a future boss.