In a change from the ‘traditional’ university recruitment milk-round, more than 190 students from selected Scottish universities – including Heriot-Watt and Aberdeen – have applied for graduate training places via an online oil exploration ‘game’ being run by MOL Group.
The top three teams will win a total of 20,000 Euros (appx £15,000) and get the opportunity to join MOL Group and start their international career through the 18-month UPPP Technical Placement Program
Budapest-based MOL Group – which bought into North Sea oil exploration and operating licences earlier this year – launched its upstream oil exploration competition for petro-chem and geo-science students last month after a series of Scottish campus visits.
Chris Bird, Managing Director, Aberdeen-based MOL Energy UK, said: “We are very excited about the strong response to the program and very much appreciate the great interest of the students at the universities as well.
“Our upstream recruitment and training programme is dedicated to those who are open for real-life challenges and dare to take adventures. Thus we went to the universities to interact with the students directly and introduce our company.”
There are two rounds to the game: In the first phase, teams play an online simulation game, where they have to solve industrial and strategic challenges in virtual scenarios. The second round will be the live final for the top 10 teams from across Europe, which will take place next month in Hungary.