Today MOL Group, a leading international oil and gas company, welcomes freshly hired graduates as they start their international careers. During a two-day MOL Group OnBoarding event, held in Zagreb this week, 200 young professionals gained insights into the positive energy that MOL Group. MOL Group launched GROWWW in 2007 and it has proven to be a great solution for finding and attracting talents. 1,770 graduates have been hired through the programme with a best-in-class retention rate of 83%.
Zdravka Demeter Bubalo, HR Vice President of MOL Group said:
We are proud to offer 200 ambitious, qualified top talents the opportunity to be part of MOL Group’s recruitment and development programme GROWWW as they start their international careers. With the GROWWW programme, young graduates receive the best possible opportunity to face real-life business challenges and actively shape the world through the oil and gas industry with their own positive energy.
From March 2015, graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia were able to apply to the GROWWW programme. Over the three-month application period this year, more than 10,000 candidates from various fields, including engineering, economics, geosciences and social sciences applied to GROWWW.
Dino Lučan, former GROWWWer said:
With GROWWW I got an opportunity to start my career on an international level. During the one-year programme I had a chance to learn and experience how the oil and gas industry operates. MOL Group made a great decision when setting up this programme, as it helps fresh graduates to recognise their strengths and weaknesses, and see how they can develop personally and professionally. This was an excellent foundation for me to continue working in the company and deal with the everyday challenges of my current job as an HR partner.
During the intensive one-year programme, the students will gain insights into the industry by participating in the Business Education Programme (BEP) and establishing and developing professional relationships. Each GROWWWer is mentored by a senior colleague and can use MOL Group’s “SpingMe” application, which helps them to monitor and develop their personal knowledge and skills, including cultural awareness.
After finishing the programme, most of the GROWWWers can continue their career at MOL Group in expert, specialist or even manager positions. The majority have been part of MOL Group’s diverse workforce since the programme started in 2007 and remained at MOL Group. The GROWWW programme encourages women to accelerate their professional growth, and drew in a remarkably high percentage of female applicants this year (35%),. 35% is above average for the oil and gas industry and what’s even more remarkable is that it’s above the average for MOL Group. 1,770 GROWWWers have been recruited since the programme started in 2007 and 37% of former programme participants have been promoted in the company.
With the GROWWW programme, MOL Group aims to develop and maintain a talent pipeline to accommodate its business needs. Through their award‐winning talent acquisition and talent development programmes GROWWW, FRESHHH and UPPP, MOL Group and its member companies have become some of the most attractive employers in the oil and gas sector.