Posted on 06/10/2011
Natasha Dayes, a student in the Department of Geography, has won a place on the highly competitive BP Widening Participation Programme.
The summer scheme, run by BP’s Positively Ethnic Network (PEN), saw Natasha along with 4 other RHUL students spend a week in Sunbury at the company’s offices:
‘Having an interest in oil and energy companies, and BP being arguably the most well known, working there is the dream. After seeing the scheme advertised on the Careers website, I had to apply.’
Natasha participated in CV-writing and interview workshops, which included one-to-one sessions where she was paired with a PEN member and given tailored individual feedback. The week also included two shadowing days, where she was able to meet people working on current BP projects; a ‘BP Discovering Day’ where she was given insighst into the application process for graduate jobs at BP; and a visit to the company’s technology centre at Pangbourne.
‘It was a brilliant experience, and I gained insider tips, which will no doubt help me in any future career. You gain a real insight into a company when you are actually submersed in it, much more than you can possibly get from a website. I would strongly recommend the experience to anyone.’