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Top Programs in Energy 2020

This article is part of the “2020 Ranking of MBA Development Programs”. At the time of this writing, our Development Program Directory has 535 programs, with this article focusing on the top ten!

The top three spots in the Energy industry in this year’s rankings are Siemens CEO* Program, Shell Graduate Program, and Chevron Business & Commercial MBA Program, taking first, second and third place respectively. This isn’t too surprising based on their performance in previous years, as well as with how well Siemens CEO* Program has performed overall this year.

What is more surprising seems to be the overall increase in popularity of petroleum companies. While they have always had a decently strong presence in our top Energy industry rankings, all the top programs offered by Shell and Chevron (five in total) have moved up several spots compared to last year's rankings. At first glance this can look quite surprising, given current global attitudes towards the oil industry and climate change. However, many large petroleum companies such as Shell and Chevron have started heavily investing in alternative energies for some years now, but I think this is only half the story.

The technology industry has been increasing at an exponential rate in recent history, and shows no signs of slowing down. It has become a part of our everyday lives and most of us depend on it on a daily basis. With this increase in technology, however, has come an increase in dependency on plastics, which, like petroleum, mostly come from oil. While there has been some ongoing research into alternatives to these polymers, they are far from reaching a point of replacing them, especially on the scale required to satiate their demand. Moreover, a large portion of this research and development is being done, or funded, by many companies in the industry already, meaning that if there were to be a shift in the materials we use in our everyday lives or how we produce them, there would be little to no impact on the market share for the companies already in that industry, thereby providing them a solid footing in the industry, and potentially increasing their attractiveness to prospective candidates.

On top of all of this, with booming populations worldwide, demand for energy is at an all time high, with no signs of decreasing anytime in the foreseeable future. And with relatively large barriers to entry into the industry, companies who have been able to establish themselves already will most likely continue to grow alongside the market, making them very attractive for those seeking to break into the industry.


#1 Siemens
Siemens CEO* Program
The CEO* Program is a one-of-a-kind *Chief Executive Opportunity for a selected group of extraordinary talents from around the world. Only six candidates are selected per year to participate in this unique leadership development program, sponsored by Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens. CEO* Program participants are invited to take part in a demanding 24-months program that includes up to three assignments around the world. By choosing the individual assignments based on personal development needs, the CEO* Program pushes the participants to their limits...

#2 Shell
Shell Graduate Program
Every step of the way, we’ll support you through a combination of structured training, informal on-the-job learning, regular check-ins, and inspiring mentors. Whether you’re experiencing different areas of our business or different major projects, you’ll always have opportunities to develop and grow. Above all, we’ll help you nurture rock solid foundations for a challenging and exciting career.At the outset, you will be assigned a senior supervisor to help guide your progression. They will agree a planned course of action with you and provide all the means necessary to achieve your career goals...

#3 Chevron
Business & Commercial MBA Program
Chevron's business and commercial MBA program attracts MBA graduates from top-tier universities who are enthusiastic about professional development and aspire to work in a quickly changing and challenging industry. The two-year program offers the opportunity to broaden critical skills, receive mentoring from senior managers and expand your knowledge of our global businesses. After completing the program's four six-month rotations, you will have gained experience and connections that can keep you in high demand across all our business units. Accelerate your career at Chevron by joining the business...

#4 Siemens
Finance Excellence Program
As a world leader in developing and producing the most advanced engineering technologies, we improve lives and further human achievements worldwide, while also protecting the climate - all thanks to our employees. Working with us, you have the foundation to develop personally and professionally. We give you the chance to do something meaningful that benefits society and human progress. We give you the chance to make...

#5 Shell
Trader Development Programme
Shell's Trader Development Programme (TDP) could be your passport to a successful career with the world's largest energy trading business. Join us and work through a structured 2-3 year programme to learn everything you need to know to become a trader. Shell has hubs in Dubai, Houston, London, Rotterdam, Singapore and Brazil, trading in crude oil, natural gas, LNG, electrical power, refined products, chemical feedstocks and environmental products. For us, finding the right future traders is vital - they have the power to make a massive impact on our profitability and market position. That’s why we look for women and men who bring us diverse professional perspectives, life experiences...

#6 Chevron
Finance MBA Development Program
Chevron’s Finance MBA Development Program (FMBADP) has been the primary source of senior finance management since the program’s inception in 1946. As a member of the FMBADP, you will be joining a select community with strong support and commitment from our Program alumni and leaders. With the FMBADP, you will be exposed to finance in all aspects of the business, make a direct and meaningful impact on the organizations where you work, and interact with the highest levels of management. The FMBADP is a two-year program, consisting of four six-month rotational assignments designed to provide a wide breadth of exposure across the business...

#7 Vestas
Vestas Graduate Programme
Our Graduate Programme is a 2-year international programme where you will have the opportunity to experience working on two different assignments with a progressive increase in challenge and responsibility. By joining the Graduate Programme and Vestas, you will be part of an ambitious, high-paced and goal-oriented culture with global career opportunities. The positions in the Vestas Graduate Programme are divided into three main tracks each containing two twelve-month assignments. The assignments are designed...

#8 Innogy
International Graduate Programme (IGP)
This trainee programme is the stepping stone to a successful career for the best university graduates in Europe. True pioneers cut their own paths. It is for them that we’ve created the international graduate programme. Here, we give innovators and free thinkers the space they need to thrive. This especially benefits graduates who have little professional experience, but are determined to quickly learn a multitude of new skills. And this is how it works: as a participant in the programme you will pass through different stations worldwide. You’ll find your own projects and pursue your own targets. Your personal mentor…

#9 Chevron
Human Resources Development Program (HRDP)
Chevron’s human resources development program (HRDP) prepares you for a dynamic career with Chevron, a global organization focused on growth and innovation. The HRDP is a challenging program designed to develop a pipeline of future HR leaders by enhancing your skills and providing a variety of opportunities throughout the enterprise (Upstream, Midstream, Downstream and Corporate groups). Two-year program, four 6-month rotations (3 domestic and 1 international). Develop HR capabilities and business acumen. Contribute valuable work to HR function and business...

#10 Edison International
MBA Leadership Development Program
Are you looking to make a difference in your career? We're working on smarter grids, cleaner energy and tools to help people manage energy more efficiently. The MBA Leadership Development Program is a two-year program offering four 6-month rotations for recent MBA Graduates. The program is designed to provide participants with cross-functional and dynamic work experiences that develop leadership skills for future leadership positions within the company. Participants will interact and collaborate with all levels of leadership including Officers, Directors, Managers, Peers and Clients to understand current and future business... has thousands of students from more than 100 business schools
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Posted on August 13, 2020