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"KBR will support you with external courses and help you gain qualifications that will support your career."
I saw KBR as a fantastic opportunity to kick start my career after graduating from university. With a workforce of over 25,000 people and projects executed worldwide in several market sectors including Oil & Gas, Infrastructure and Defence, I believed KBR would be able to provide me with everything I required to grow and develop quickly at the beginning of my career.
The reason the graduate scheme appealed to me was that you would experience each aspect of Project Controls in the form of 6 month rotations, which are flexible, over a 2 year period (Cost Control, Planning, Estimating, Risk Management). When you leave university it is very easy to become confused with what you actually want to do with your career as you have very little work experience. This scheme allows you to experience four different roles within one company in order to then pick your niche. Also, having that foundation knowledge in all four areas sets the building blocks to develop and one day lead into becoming a more complete manager.
I began my graduate scheme on Shah Deniz 2. I was responsible for change management and associated costs. This role gave me a lot of exposure to all discipline leads and KBR management as I had to liaise with all departments to gain as much evidence to support our change requests to present to the client, BP. I then worked on a multi-billion dollar EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) estimate for a partially modularised 2-train LNG facility in Western Canada, this was a JV (Joint Venture) with JGC, a Japanese Engineering company, and I therefore got to experience working alongside and communicating with another culture, as well as many Estimators from KBR’s Head Office in Houston. Most recently I have been working on the Maersk Oil operated Culzean project. I have been in a planning role for the past year, as part of a smaller team which has allowed me to cross over between Planning, Cost and Risk. The Culzean field, located in the UK sector of the North Sea will supply the UK with 5% of its gas requirements.
Joining a large company can be quite intimidating, you are unsure what will be expected from you and what training there will be to support the start of your career. KBR will try and place you onto a project from day one. This is the quickest way to learn as you will be thrown straight into an environment where you will be working for a client, expected to produce reports and hit deadlines. This shouldn’t concern you. You will be within a project control team who will have a mixed bag of experience and they will help guide you through what is expected. The key is to ask questions and remember that everyone was once in your shoes. You will also be assigned a mentor who may be outside of your discipline. This way they will be able to give you unbiased advice and help steer you towards the career you foresee.
As well as on-the-job training, KBR will support you with external courses and help you gain qualifications that will support your career.