BP STEM Scholar at BP

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Sunbury Upon Thames Greater London
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was a varied day, with a mix of talks, interview practise and opportunities to network with other BP STEM Scholars. There were talks from people working in BP's 3 main business areas (IST, Upstream & Downstream) which was useful in confirming which internship programme I wish to apply for. There probably was too much time for the networking lunch and snack breaks though, as by now the Scholar cohort know each other pretty well and it felt like we were killing time.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

BP clearly cares about its STEM Scholars. They invest a lot of time and money into the programme, and it is an invaluable insight into BP, as well as the oil and gas industry more generally. The Early Careers team are really friendly and happy to answer questions about internships and grad schemes.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

As part of the STEM Scholarship, I have been to a number of events at BP before - so although the information given was useful, some of the talks felt like we were going over things we'd been told before. However, the advice on how to make a good internship or grad scheme application to BP has been helpful to have fresh in my mind, now that I am coming to physically do the application.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

As BP's graduate / intern schemes don't directly follow on from my degree (in the way they might if I studied geology, or mechanical engineering), the day is unlikely to help me with my physics course. However, the day highlighted to me that I would need to do some reading around geology/geophysics in preparation for an interview with BP.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The day was well run. There were plenty of refreshments provided, and the sessions were about the right length. There were lots of opportunities to ask questions. Sessions ran to time, and the day ended slightly early. Ending the day with playing the Energy Game in teams was good fun.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

By now, the BP STEM Scholars have been to a number of events together, so the atmosphere within the cohort is friendly and relaxed. We networked at lunch with current/recent Challengers, and they were friendly and easy to chat to. The Early Careers team are friendly and approachable, and BP comes across as a welcoming employer.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

As part of the BP STEM Scholarship programme, I have received training, insights into BP and the oil and gas industry, as well as substantial financial contributions. Considering I don't work for BP, and am currently adding little value to the company, I view this as an extremely generous scheme!


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I've spoken to lots of interns, Challengers and experienced professionals at BP, who have all been very open about their careers and experiences at BP. I understand not only what Early Careers opportunities BP offers, but also how a career at BP might progress. I have had (and taken!) lots of opportunities to ask questions about what working for BP is like.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

BP's core values completely drive the company culture. The most obvious perhaps is Health & Safety - as soon as you arrive in the car park, you see the signs telling you to reverse park, and when you enter a building, you get told to hold the handrail on the stairs. One Team is evident as soon as you ask a BP employee about their job - they talk about mentoring within BP, and what teams they have worked in.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The day was useful in confirming to me what stream I wish to apply for a summer internship in (and if I were to apply to any other oil & gas companies, I would apply for something similar). I still don't know for sure if oil & gas is for me, or even if I want a grad scheme job, but I know that the opportunities at BP do appeal.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

Travel expenses up to £150 were covered, including petrol at 22p per mile. Hotel stays the night before would be paid for if you had travelled for greater than 3 hours to the Sunbury Upon Thames head offices. Food and refreshments were provided free of charge throughout the insight day.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

We had lunch with Challengers and there was a technical interview preparation session with an experienced BP professional.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There were lots of opportunities to ask questions and the BP employees were open and friendly with their answers. The sessions probably went on too long though, and perhaps an extra structured session could be incorporated into the day, if the time spent networking was slightly reduced. Scholars have had ample networking opportunities in the past!


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

BP encourages a good work-life balance, but extra-curricular activities were not focussed on.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

A lot of the information was stuff we'd heard before, but it was an enjoyable day. I'm glad I have this fresh in my mind as I do my internship application.