Alumni Experience: BG Group International Graduate Development Program

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September 22, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices

BGblogpictureRagsdaleTTaylor Ragsdale
Major: BBA Finance
Grad Date: 2013
Finance Graduate (International Graduate Development Program – IGDP)

Please tell us about your career path and how you found your way to BG Group.
During the summer of my junior year, I took an internship in the finance organization of a pipeline manufacturing company in Houston. The internship solidified my interest in energy, so I knew the industry would be my focus during the fall recruiting season. After attending multiple information sessions and networking events, I attended the McCombs Career Expo. I stopped by the BG Group booth on a whim, and immediately clicked with the recruiting team. After learning about BG Group’s unique business model, meeting the talented people who worked there and exploring the opportunities that were available to me, I knew BG Group was where I belonged.

What do you like about working for BG Group?

Learn more and apply for BG Group Full-Time and Internship opportunities via OCR. Deadline: October 3, 2014.

Learn more and apply for BG Group Full-Time and Internship opportunities via OCR. Deadline: October 3, 2014.

I like to think of BG Group as the “smallest, large company” in the world. We run a $65B business with only about 5,000 full-time employees world-wide. BG Group is a huge operation, but still maintains a small company feel in many aspects. As a result, each employee carries great weight in the success of our mission. I enjoy walking into the office every day feeling confident that my work is helping move the business forward. The rotational structure of the Graduate Program is one of the best in the industry. In the one year I have worked for BG Group, I have been exposed to our gas, oil, LNG, and shipping businesses in Houston, which is a key hub for the company. I am currently on assignment at BG Group’s global headquarters in Reading, England, and will shortly be departing for my third placement in Aberdeen, Scotland. Not many companies offer these kinds of opportunities to young analysts.

What does this job/internship entail?
The Finance Graduate Program is structured as a three-year scheme designed to give analysts the opportunity to complete 3 to 4 placements within BG Group’s finance function. Each Finance Graduate is guaranteed a placement abroad in one of BG Group’s 26 offices across the globe. The program is intended to enhance technical, behavioral and leadership skills. Roles can range from financial analysis, to financial reporting to market risk. Most Finance Graduates complete roles supporting both the E&P business and the Energy Marketing (GEMS) business.

What skills make a person successful in this position?
While proficiency in finance and accounting will contribute to your success in this program, focusing on “soft-skills” is equally as important. Even though McCombs is a diverse environment, many of us speak alike, think alike and act alike. Learning how to successfully communicate and engage with people who come from different backgrounds will play a large part in driving your success. Many of the skills learned from involvement in student organizations at UT will prove very useful at BG. Flexibility, work ethic, attitude, creativity and attention to detail will be important during the program.

Please share your general career advice?
First – I encourage everyone to attend the Career Expo. The Expo is dreaded by almost all students, but it is an essential and productive part of the recruiting process. As someone who received both internship and full-time offers from meeting recruiters at the Expo, I highly encourage participation.

Second – When making job decisions, pay more attention to the people rather than the name of the company or team. It is important to remember that it is people who will develop you and contribute to your growth, not the name of the company or job title.

Third – Once you begin working, reach out to people who you don’t normally interact with. When you join a company, you will realize there are more career opportunities than you could have imagined. People love talking about themselves and what they do for a living, so take the opportunity to broaden your knowledge. Invite people for coffee, lunch, or just a quick chat to gain insight into what they do and potential future opportunities for you.



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