In Autumn 2018, BP launched the Skills Refinery, an online portal to help students develop the professional skills they will need to succeed in their future careers. In its pilot year the initiative launched in five countries: Australia, Azerbaijan, Singapore, the UK and the US.
The inaugural Skills Refinery tasked students with moving through five skills modules designed to equip them with practical skills for the business world and improve their employability: Emotional Intelligence, Critical Problem Solving, Influence and Communication, Cognitive Flexibility and Innovation.
As the students completed a module, they unlocked the next skill, finally reaching the final stage where they were invited to participate in a video challenge. This challenge required them to answer the question of how the world and BP can make the energy transition a reality, using one of the skills they had learned from the Skills Refinery. Their video submissions were then assessed, with each country selecting its winners. The regional winners went on to the final round, where the overall global winners were crowned and won the ultimate prize: an all-expenses paid trip to the One Young World Summit in London.
The global winners all hail from Azerbaijan: Laman Jalilova, Joshgun Samadov and Jahid Suleymanov. They are all now looking forward to visiting London for the One Young World Summit in October. Here, they reflect on their experiences and what they learnt by taking part in the Skills Refinery:
Joshgun found out about the Skills Refinery from a BP presentation at his university, and after watching videos of last year’s One Young World Summit, decided to join the challenge. With his teammate Jahid, Joshgun used the skills he valued most - critical problem-solving and innovation - for the final video challenge. He now finds these skills helpful in overcoming daily challenges:
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