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My Professional Training year – Bianca Borg, MEng Chemical Engineering

“I would advise anyone studying Chemical Engineering to get as many relevant work experience opportunities – such as summer placements and Professional Training – as possible"

Spending her 14-month Professional Training placement with ExxonMobil gave Bianca Borg the chance to improve both her technical and professional skills – and to secure a coveted graduate job with the company.

Bianca chose ExxonMobil, the largest publicly trading oil and gas company in the world, because of the diverse opportunities it would offer and on the advice of one of her lecturers who had spent 25 years working for the organisation. In addition to helping ExxonMobil’s engineering business teams to run the refinery as efficiently and economically as possible, Bianca also worked on a range of projects with other business groups, giving her a well-rounded experience of the company.

“I learned many technical skills relating to my day-to-day tasks such as software development and visual basic code writing,” she says. “I also learned a lot about professionalism and networking in the workplace, and got the chance to practice and improve my transferable skills by hosting various presentations and workshops.”

Bianca impressed her colleagues so much that she not only won the prestigious Fawley Refinery Recognition Award, having successfully completed a challenging project with the company’s Plant Computing Group, she was also offered a graduate job which she will take up when she leaves the University.

“I would advise anyone studying Chemical Engineering to get as many relevant work experience opportunities – such as summer placements and Professional Training – as possible. Chemical engineers can go into a diverse range of fields, and work experience will help you to decide which industry and job role is the right one for you.

“Surrey’s Professional Training year really helped me to make this decision and allowed me to pick up valuable skills which look great on my CV. The fact that it was on offer at Surrey definitely played a big part.”

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