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Inspired by the unknown: Malik’s story

Like many students, Malik is not totally sure what he wants to do in the future. But he knows he will push himself and work hard to achieve his goals. Because Malik is determined to keep advancing

“Although I’m a marketing major, quite commonly, I’m not 100% sure of what I would like to do for the rest of my life. I do know that I want to learn a different industry, and to access a real potential trajectory for my career.”

That’s why Malik applied to join BP, where he is now a Downstream commercial intern for the B2B communications team within marketing.  It’s a role in which his passion for learning and exploring new interests has grown even stronger.

“Personally, I have learned more about gas station sites than I have ever dreamed of. Two major highlights would be being able to shadow the regional marketing specialist role and setting up a Get to Know You with the head of marketing. I have not only expanded my network but also my work ethic and cross-functional capabilities.”

The support of those around him has helped Malik to make progress here, but also to develop personally. “I find myself being comfortable as a reserved person. My team members brought me out of my shell and highlighted aspects of my personality that I didn’t showcase previously.”

The most exciting project I have worked on so far has been creating software onboarding guides for new and existing team members. Being new to the team, and the software we use, gives me an interesting perspective on providing a creative solution. I was able to understand and track the pain points from my user experience. However, when I received feedback from existing team members – some of whom are champions with the software – things became more complex. I realized there was a lot more to learn in optimizing my solution. Now, I feel very confident with assisting current and new team members with their adoption of the software.

The support of those around him has helped Malik to make progress here, but also to develop personally. “I find myself being comfortable as a reserved person. My team members brought me out of my shell and highlighted aspects of my personality that I didn’t showcase previously.”

 

“I joined a team that not only cared about the work I was delivering, but cared about me – my background, my development, and my future. I’ve truly been inspired by seeing the embodiment of one team working together and supporting one another.”

 

There’s no doubt, Malik gets real satisfaction from learning new things, but perhaps the most rewarding is being able to apply that knowledge to make an impact on the business. 

Offering value to the communications team, with a goal to enhance the North America and global business, has been the most rewarding aspect of my internship.

Of course, taking on a role in an industry you’re not familiar with can be daunting, but it’s exactly the kind of challenge that Malik was looking for. His advice to others considering exploring a new area is simple, “Always ask questions and keep an open mind. Importantly, be prepared to be uncomfortable. If you feel too comfortable, it’s time for your next adventure.”

 

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 in the US.