06.03.17: Day in the Life of an Energy Graduate


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the energy industry? Are you struggling with internship/graduate applications and need some advice?

Recent Oxford alumni returned for this exclusive event to give you an insight into what working in the energy industry entails. From a variety of academic backgrounds and working in different companies in the industry, they gave you a taste of their day to day working life and the cool projects that they are part of as well as being on hand to give that all important careers advice.

Harleen (Ahluwalia) Cook is a Group Risk Advisor for BP where she covers all the risks disciplines focussing largely on strategic and commercial risks. She has a joint honours MEng in Materials Science, Economics and Management from Oxford University and a MSc Finance from London Business School where her Oxford dissertation was written on climate change regulation and potential stock winners. She started her career in 2008 during the financial crisis working for the largest private commodities trading house, Vitol, where she worked in trade optimisation, M&A, compliance and risk. She joined BP in 2014 and has worked both on the trading floor and front office in the risk discipline. Passionate about commodities markets, she has run a number of guest lectures at Oxford University and London Business School on an Introduction to Oil Markets and Trading.
George Beechener is now working for Climate Care – one of the UK’s founding ‘B Corporations’, which works with public and private sector institutions to achieve carbon reductions alongside delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. George studied Geography at Oxford, during which time he developed a strong interest in the environmental sector, and graduated from Brasenose College in 2016. He was president of the Oxford Energy Society 2015/16.
Deanna Greenhalgh studied Geography at Oxford with a focus on physical and environmental geography, in particular aspects of climate science. She currently works for a small renewable energy company based in Eastbourne, with a working area across Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Her official job title is Renewable Energy Technical Advisor, however she has the opportunity to do pretty much everything and anything, from liasing between clients and engineers, to designing complete renewable energy systems. No day is the same!