Energy Transition: Addressing Oil and Gas’ Bad Rap

Oil and gas will be extremely important to solving the energy transition and management need to get outside their comfort zone to attract today’s generation to the sector, says Stephen Arbogast, director of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center.

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[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the August 2021 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

The energy transition is changing the way the oil and gas sector needs to look at cultivating its future workforce and, in particular, leaders.

However, even with the transition, any major energy company will need the “traditional workforce” that has made it into what it is today, according to Stephen Arbogast, professor of the practice of finance and director of the Kenan-Flagler Energy Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

Still, the energy transition is real, Arbogast said, and it’s going to happen. Therefore, a portion of the future energy workforce will need to be able to help oil and gas companies navigate that transition.

In this first part of a three-part series, Arbogast talks about the value of messaging to the next generation of students who will one day become the leaders of the oil and gas industry.

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Len Vermillion

Len Vermillion is Hart Energy's editorial director. Based in Houston, Texas, he manages an editorial department consisting of HartEnergy.com, Oil and Gas Investor, E&P and Midstream Business, as well as nine digital newsletters and several special projects.