Finance graduate Mo joined bp on the Trading & shipping graduate programme in 2019, after completing our summer internship in European Gas and Power trading the previous year. He hadn’t considered commodity trading as a potential career choice previously, but after his internship, he was hooked: “When I did the internship at bp I was just so surprised. I never expected to end up in commodity trading but after trying it, I just really loved it,” he says.
Mo is currently a West African trading operator, which means he is responsible for moving products including gasoil, gasoline and jet fuel into Ghana. These products are used primarily for mobility, industry and household heating. His day-to-day involves liaising between suppliers and recipients and ensuring the safe and timely delivery of the products.
It’s a role that has pushed Mo out of his comfort zone, which – as someone who loves to learn – is nerve-wracking but exciting at the same time: “I’m not the most outspoken person,” he explains. “I’m much more comfortable making a decision based on data. But now my job is to talk to people and resolve problems. It’s very scary, but that’s why I chose it, because I wanted to grow my skills.”
His favourite aspect of the role is the tangible real-world impact it has: “The products that we deliver have a big impact on people’s lives. For example, if a shipment gets delayed due to weather issues, it could result in shutdowns. So, I can see how important the work that we do is.” He thrives on the responsibility of trying to find innovative solutions to problems like these, and building strong relationships with suppliers and customers.
Mo is passionate about trading, and believes that more people might feel the same if we could break down stereotypes about what it means to be a trader: “There can be this very specific image of what a trader is like: it’s always a man, someone who has a very strong personality, and is very outspoken. That’s not necessarily my personality,” Mo explains. “I want to prove to myself and to others that traders don’t have to have to fit that stereotype.”
From his experience, there are many different ways to become a successful trader if you have the right motivation, and a supportive and inclusive team behind you. For Mo, the culture at bp strikes the right balance:
This is what makes Mo feel confident that, as a graduate, he’ll play a part in influencing bp’s future:
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