How BP’s Military Placement Programme (MPP) allowed one former US Army Captain to make a smooth transition into the oil and gas industry
It might seem like a big leap in career terms, but former US Army Captain Alexandria has made a successful move into the oil and gas industry, thanks to BP’s 12-month Military Placement Programme
“There are more similarities than differences between my new and old roles,” says Alexandria. “The biggest challenge was learning the business.” The MPP offered her the time, support and opportunity she needed to identify transferable skills and to get up to speed with the sector.
Alexandria’s military background instilled values that were useful in meeting the challenge of change: “I knew that my work ethic and determination would allow me to fit in. Being part of the US Army meant that BP’s values such as excellence, courage and respect were already familiar to me.” Today she is a Regulatory Reporting Analyst in Supply and trading within BP’s Chicago office.
She brings experience and knowledge from both academic and military contexts to the role. “I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in International Studies and two weeks later I enlisted as a Military Intelligence Analyst. I was deployed once to Iraq before transitioning to a Field Artillery Officer where I served in South Korea for two years.”
After 7.5 years in the Army, Alexandria began to look for a new and challenging career.
I’m from Houston, Texas, where BP has always had a strong presence and a great reputation. Working for the global leader in energy trading seemed a perfect fit.
“From the start, I was given a clear role with my own set of refineries to report on, I was quickly able to make the job my own. I really enjoyed the fast pace, the freedom and the responsibility.”
“BP is one of the only major oil companies to own upstream, trading/supply, and downstream operations. This offers a wide array of career opportunities and ways to maximize the potential of every employee. Whether you have worked at BP for 20 years or 2 years – everyone is willing to help your development. The MPP provided me with multiple opportunities to learn different areas of the company and learn what interests me most.”
Alexandria clearly relishes the day-to-day challenges of Supply and trading, but ask her about the most rewarding work she does at BP and she’s quick to highlight the company’s community outreach program. “I volunteered as a representative for BP at the Warrior Games, as well as helping paint homes for the less fortunate. As part of the Energia Business Resource Group (BRG), I work to spread Latin America Heritage Cultural Awareness in the energy industry.”
Inspiring others to follow in her footsteps is also a passion: “I am a member of the BP Veteran BRG that helps soldiers re-enter the workforce. BP has a substantial number of military veterans in the Chicago office. We are a close-knit group and inspire one another to succeed and take on new challenges. I look forward to meeting the next round of MPP members and playing my part in building the next leaders within the company.”
Military Placement Programme (MPP)
BP supply and trading has developed a placement program that gives top military leavers the opportunity to gain commercial experience within our organization. If successful in gaining a place on the program, you’ll complete a twelve month paid placement in which you’ll receive all the training and development you’ll need to deliver