Looking back, Esmira was always meant to be an engineer. “When I was at school, I enjoyed maths, physics and chemistry. And at home, I loved building and repairing old radios, tape recorders and clocks that my grandparents had given me. All of this directly influenced my decision to go into engineering.”
When Esmira got older, she applied to the Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry, where she got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Technological Machinery and Equipment Engineering. She then applied to bp, where after completing the Petro Technical Resource Entry Programme and the Challenger Programme, she is now a project engineer working in category B.
Esmira is currently working on a gas lift project where she manages the interface between multiple bp teams, sub-contractors and vendors. Day to day, Esmira communicates with many stakeholders to solve issues, which is one of the things she loves about her job. She explains: “being a project engineer is so much more than a technical role: it’s about knowing who the best people to talk to are, and knowing what needs to be done to keep things moving.”
Reflecting on her work, Esmira is proud of being able to provide value – to herself, to bp and to Azerbaijan.
Esmira admits that at first, working offshore wasn’t easy – especially as a woman in an environment dominated by men. “When you work onshore, you can go home at the end of the day. But you can’t do that offshore. And you’re surrounded by the same group of people 24/7,” she explains.
But in hindsight, Esmira highlights that working offshore was great for her professional development.
Esmira explains that her career at bp has enabled her to grow both personally and professionally. “When I joined bp, I was really shy. But people saw something in me and gave me greater responsibilities, which meant that I had to step up, share my opinions and take ownership”, she recalls.
From developing soft skills and technical project management skills to improving her English, Esmira’s time at bp has enabled her to grow a lot, while always feeling supported.
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The president of Azerbaijan has inaugurated the Southern Gas Corridor, a vast pipeline network that will carry gas from the Caspian Sea to Turkey this year, and to Western Europe from 2020