I am a BA International Business graduate, now working on the Commercial IST graduate programme with BP plc (Integrated Supply and Trading) in London.
What does your role involve and what is a typical work day like?
My graduate scheme consists of three one-year-long rotations in various commercial roles within BP’s trading division. I am currently on my first rotation as a Market Intelligence Analyst. My present role mainly involves developing BP’s oil trading analytics capabilities, working with data scientists and software developers to improve ship tracking technologies, summarising key demand and supply balance updates from the different crude and products benches for weekly circulation, and maintaining relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders.
How did your course prepare you for your role?
My course provided me with a good understanding of economic and market conditions that affect multinational businesses, which I find quite useful in my job. We also had to make a lot of timed presentations as a part of our course assessments, which helps with presenting ideas and business cases clearly and concisely in my role. Lastly, the demands of meeting deadlines and balancing different module requirements in university prepared me for prioritising and managing my time in the workplace.
Did you use the university careers service
I used the careers centre to review my CV before applying for jobs and also attended several events they put on.
Did you participate in any extra-curricular activities whilst studying?
Yes. I was a member of Liverpool Entrepreneurs Network Society (LENS), LSMedia (now The Sphinx), the Horse Riding Club, the Ultimate Frisbee Club, and was also a course rep and a peer mentor.
I would also encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities, as this is what distinguishes them from the next candidate in the graduate job market. Furthermore, putting yourself forward for leadership position will allow you to acquire useful skills that cannot be learned in a classroom.
What did you enjoy most about your student experience?
I mostly enjoyed my course, which I found very interesting; also being involved in student societies where I made friends with similar interests to mine, and the nightlife in Liverpool!
The lecturers are great at exposing students to current business issues, which has improved my commercial awareness and allowed me to understand how things work in the real world. I‘ve had the chance to engage with the start-up community at the university and the city, acquiring useful business and networking skills outside of the classroom.
What are your career goals for the future?
I hope to gain a few years of experience in the industry before going on to study an MBA. Following this, I would like to return to a career in the oil and gas industry and ultimately head a multinational corporation or start my own business. I would like to make a difference wherever I find myself.