The oil and gas industry is not an all-comers sector. It is highly complex, knowledge-driven and capital intensive. The technical, financial, and environmental risks are high. People who work in the industry must possess excellent skills, and commit to continuous learning. People who do business with industry must understand the drivers of their clients' businesses. People who wish to get a job in the industry must enhance their chances by demonstrating the essential skills necessary for rapid uptake on being engaged.