Life at bp
A life less ordinary: A conversation with global citizen, U.S Army veteran and current graduate business analyst, Ahmed Diallo

A life less ordinary: A conversation with global citizen, U.S Army veteran and current graduate business analyst, Ahmed Diallo

October 8, 2020

In this episode of life at bp we’re talking with business analyst and junior developer, Ahmed Diallo. Now, while Ahmed may currently be on our IT&S graduate programme out in Chicago, he’s got a whole life behind him too. As the son of a WHO doctor he lived all over the world when he was growing up, and then got to see even more of it during his time in the U.S Army. So how exactly did he end up at bp? Ahmed gives us the fascinating answer to that question here, as well as telling us about the film which got him hooked on computing, what an ‘I Love Me’ book is, how to identify transferable skills, and why having mentors is the best advice he has ever been given.

The world is changing and so am I: A conversation with first-year trading graduate from Singapore, Zhang Yue

The world is changing and so am I: A conversation with first-year trading graduate from Singapore, Zhang Yue

October 8, 2020

“I thought the trading bench would be an intense place to be, but at bp it’s very warm and approachable.” In this episode we’re chatting to Zhang Yue, a first-year trading graduate based in Singapore. Upbeat and always candid, Zhang shares her reflections of life on the trading floor, telling us what she was expecting before she joined and what she actually discovered when she became part of the team – it’s not nearly as intimidating as she feared. We also talk about some of the things Zhang has learnt about herself too. Such as building confidence in forming relationship at work and learning to switch from a more carefree approach at university to meticulous approach required as a trader.

Going where the opportunity takes you: A conversation with bp’s chief of staff in Iraq, Oliver Grimston

Going where the opportunity takes you: A conversation with bp’s chief of staff in Iraq, Oliver Grimston

October 8, 2020

“Things are changing all the time. You have to learn to be resilient.” In this episode we speak with Oliver Grimston – bp’s chief of staff in Iraq. From growing up in a small UK town to working on one of the Middle East’s largest oil fields, and from joining bp as a graduate petrophysicist to becoming chief of staff, Oliver’s is a fascinating story of taking the opportunities as they arise and being willing to step into the unknown. With reflections on work experience, the pandemic and the value of understanding different people’s mindsets and cultures, Oliver provides plenty of advice to students who will soon make the move into the world of work.

Making a great first impression without compromising the real you”: A conversation with US early careers talent acquisition manager, Amy Patton

Making a great first impression without compromising the real you”: A conversation with US early careers talent acquisition manager, Amy Patton

October 8, 2020

In this must-listen episode of life at bp we talk with Houston-based early careers talent acquisition manager, Amy Patton. We start by reflecting on bp’s new inspiring vision and purpose and what that means for graduates now and into the future. Amy also shares insights into how we’re learning from the diversity of our workforce, how you can impress recruiters, and – once you’ve joined a company – how you can balance that desire to make a great first impression without compromising on being the real you. To round things off, Amy tells us all about the great work she has been doing as founder of the Sock Orphanage.

Everyone deserves energy: A conversation with US subsea wells engineer, Ahmed Farag

Everyone deserves energy: A conversation with US subsea wells engineer, Ahmed Farag

October 7, 2020

“The first thing I’d say is keep your head up. That way you get to see the bigger opportunities bp offers.” In this episode we chat with US subsea wells engineer Ahmed Farag. Sharp, reflective and wise, not only does Ahmed tell us about the extraordinary world of underwater engineering, but reflects on his upbringing on Cairo, the time he saw the bp career’s team wearing Georgia Tech football jerseys and how the experiences of Hurricane Harvey prepared him and his team for working in a global pandemic. He also has plenty of advice to graduates who are thinking about joining bp, and reflects on his own transition from the world of study to the world of work.