Other paths to follow from global subsea


In light of the recent downturn within the Global Subsea market, many people are getting in touch seeking new opportunities due to redundancy. As a consultant it is my job to do just that, be consultative.

Admittedly I cannot solve all the problems which the industry is having, but what my peers and I can do is consult and offer advice on possible solutions. 

Due to the downturn, we are recommending that people look outside of the industry, a daunting prospect for many. However, ARM is a time serviced engineering recruitment consultancy, which operates in a variety of different markets, and can therefore make that prospect realistic. 

So, what are comparable industries at the moment for people working within the subsea industry? Well for those working within the subsea manufacturers, you may want to consider the following:

  • Rolling stock

  • Aerospace

  • Defence

  • Renewable energy

  • Automotive

  • Off-highway vehicle

Whilst the Subsea industry was booming over the last four years, the above industries were going through a period of struggle. However the tables have now turned. The UK has come out of a bleak recession and manufacturing in other industries is on the incline. 

Now to the next question commonly asked: how do you tailor your CV so that it is transparent and understandable to a non-subsea expert? Having consulted recently with a former client within the rail industry, he recommended that people who have worked for subsea manufacture, for example a Tree Engineer, should highlight that they are a Mechanical Engineer. If you are chartered then emphasise that you are a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. It is important to neutralise your skill set and minimise the subsea jargon. The example he used was to simply state that you are a chartered Mechanical Engineer with expertise in mechanical systems integration. 

A number of these industries have been looking to take on people from outside of the industry to bring a fresh perspective on things. It may not be an easy transition, but it is possible. 

Lastly, the final point to make is that many of the industries do not pay comparably to the Oil Industry. We are able to provide salary surveys to help you benchmark yourself. However, what the industries can offer you is a fresh new challenge, the ability to learn something new, furthering your career and giving you an extra string to your bow. 

ARM is working with a number of our contacts to assist with similar transitions. Should you be interested in discussing this further, please feel free to contact me on 02392 228 257.   

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