I was a summer intern for 11 weeks between my 3rd and 4th years at university. I worked within the downstream section of BP developing a process called the Fischer Tropsch to turn gas to liquid fuels such as diesel.
Process Safety Engineer, BP
When I graduated I joined BP on the graduate program as a Process Safety Engineer working within Angolan projects. I spent 18 months in this role, mainly office based in London.
Development Engineer, BP
I moved to Aberdeen and joined the concept development team working on various north sea projects. I also have the opportunity to spend 6 weeks offshore commissioning on the ETAP platform in the North Sea. I spent 8 months in this role.
Start-up Process Engineer, BP
I moved down to Edinburgh and worked on site at Grangemouth supporting commissioning and start-up of a new gas refrigeration plant. The plant refrigeration propane and butane allowing it to be stored as a liquid before loading on to cargo ships for transportation around the world. I spent 15 months in this role and was most useful in terms of site experience.
I work on a pipeline project building new pipeline sections and compression stations in Georgia for a pipeline taking gas from Azerbaijan and delivering to Turkey. I split my time between working in the engineering team in the office in London and supporting site work and start-up at site in Georgia.
I am half Greek half English, born in Greece and currently living in the UK. I currently work as an engineer in the oil and gas industry and really enjoy my work. Outside of my job I really love cooking, cycling, travelling and sometimes a bit of running.
Energy and utilities
Be confident and honest but appreciate that things wont be exactly as you want them straight away. A little patience at the start helps and you'll soon see things working out.
MEng Chemical Engineering
University College London
London, United Kingdom
Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Katharine Lady Berkeleys School
I liked my friends, most of my teachers and the school itself was nice. I didn't like the stress and pressure to achieve results for university.
Communication - I work with people from different countries and backgrounds so I have to be able to communicate what I want very carefully.
Confidence - this is something I've developed while working, important to be able to ask for help and support and to question work taking place.
Honesty/Openness - this allows people to trust you and work better with you.
Teamwork - rarely any of the work you do will be completed just by you, it all slots together into a bigger project.
I developed my skills through understanding what I liked seeing in people I looked up to and trying to take those skills on myself. I had training courses and a mentor but I think the most important thing is being self aware. I would also say being thrown in at the deep end helps you to learn faster and grow confidence more quickly than you would otherwise!
Everything from a florist to a pilot! I only decided on Chemical Engineering in year 12 after a head-start course at Birmingham University.
Nothing - I enjoy my work and the opportunities I have.