– Strategy & Approvals Coordinator
– Economics, Strategy & Portfolio Management
I graduated from Imperial College London in 2012 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, having spent one year of my studies at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. I was fortunate enough to be offered a job at ConocoPhillips after completing a summer placement within the Greater Britannia team in the Aberdeen office, and started as a graduate process engineer in October 2012.
My Work at ConocoPhillips
During my graduate year I completed rotations within the Greater Britannia, the Health, Safety and Environment and the East Irish Sea teams. I was involved in a wide variety of projects – from helping to understand some of the complex issues experienced in operating the Britannia satellite fields, through to helping launch the company’s Human Factors initiative in early 2013. I also participated in the pre-start-up safety review of the Rivers Terminal prior to start-up of Calder production after the installation of a new acid plant. One advantage of working on an onshore asset is that you are able to get out and walk around the plant whenever you want to – luckily ConocoPhillips operates three onshore facilities in the UK and it is therefore an ideal company at which to gain this experience.
I moved into my current role in April 2014 supporting the UK president and his leadership team. It is a fast-paced job with a lot of deadlines. Seeing everything at such a high level has made me realize just how much I have yet to learn about the company and the industry.
I think it is important to be open-minded when it comes to careers. When I joined as a graduate, I imagined I would be an engineer for the next 40 years. 18-months later I was working in the economics team. I don’t think many companies can offer such variety, however as the world’s largest independent exploration and production company, ConocoPhillips can and is therefore a great organization to work for if you are looking for a varied career.
I don’t have any specific plans – we all spend a large fraction of our time at work so I think the main thing is simply enjoying your job. Once you stop enjoying it, it is probably time to start thinking about trying something new, and ConocoPhillips has plenty of opportunities.