Striving for more each day: Sean’s story

Sean is driven by working with the best and brightest in the industry and is determined to Keep Advancing

BP really values its people and their development. I expected a corporate environment to be more cut-throat with people vying for promotions and recognition, but everyone I’ve met here has been more than willing to mentor me and offer guidance in my professional development.

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Graduate trainee Diana designs has designed an interface between a reservoir and the surface. In addition to this, she is involved in programme preparation and planning the execution of the operation Learning about BP from classmates, Sean took a leap of faith joining the team after being convinced it would be a great place to start his career. “Several of my classmates in college were interns or members of the Challenger program in Chicago. They introduced me to BP and ultimately convinced me that the quality of the company, work-life balance, and interesting work were worth taking a shot on as my first job out of college.”

Sean jumped right in to his role at BP in the Trader Development Program, joining just before Hurricane Harvey. “Hurricane Harvey was an unexpected tragedy that struck not long after I started working at BP. Being a part of the many teams that worked around the clock to maintain our customer relationships, fulfill supply commitments, and offer relief support to emergency services in Texas was very exciting and a great learning opportunity.”

A thoughtful and self-reflective individual, he values being aware of how his work fits into the larger organization at BP, which helps him “…to see what’s at stake with my performance and drives me to keep striving for more each day.”

Currently transitioning to a new role, in his second rotation of the Trader Development Program, it’s safe to say Sean is continuing to learn and grow in his career at BP – and appreciates the support he receives from those around him.

“BP really values its people and their development. I expected a corporate environment to be more cut-throat with people vying for promotions and recognition, but everyone I’ve met here has been more than willing to mentor me and offer guidance in my professional development.”

Sean not only values the mentorship and career guidance he’s been given at BP, but the opportunity to share ideas and show his value. “Despite me being fresh out of college, I was offered a seat at the table, so to speak, which really blew me away. It proved to me that BP takes its people and their ideas seriously.”

He does not hesitate to point out the perceptions others may have of working at BP, and notes how perception is not always reality. “A lot of my friends and family have stereotypical perceptions of the work environment of a “trade shop.” BP differs from that image… We put relationships first, and that means taking care of people above all.”

Ever the analytical thinker, when asked what advise he’d give to students interested in applying to an internship at BP, Sean advises to “Think carefully about what you want in the early stages of your career. BP’s graduate programs have strong value propositions, and if you’re able to identify and articulate those values in relation to your personal goals, that’ll make a strong case for why you belong at BP.”

If you’re interested in exploring the energy industry – and what it could mean for your career – find out more about our internships and graduate roles at www.bp.com/uscampus

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