Young Graduate Programme

 

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Young Graduate Programme: Giving Young People a Head-start

 

In 2016, Total launched its Young Graduate Programme, a career development and empowerment programme aimed at building and equipping the newly-graduated youth with skills through global exposure and practical experience. The programme, conceptualized by the Total Group for its affiliates in Africa and the Middle East has so far benefited twelve (12) Ghanaian Graduates. With educational backgrounds in the areas of  Finance, Administration, Engineering,  Economics and Marketing, these graduates after enrollment onto the programme, spend the first six months in a professional working environment at Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd. Thereafter, they are sent abroad to other Total affiliates to work with pool of experts for twelve months to gain further hands-on field experience.

The 2017 inductees are currently serving their twelve months in Total Ethiopia, Total Sierra Leone, Total Zambia and Total Mozambique while the 2018 batch recently begun their programme at Total Petroleum Ghana Limited.

Meanwhile, the first batch of four graduates who recently completed their programme in Total France, Total Kenya and Total Uganda has returned to Ghana and are currently employed by Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd. These beneficiaries tell how this opportunity has impacted their personal and professional lives.

 

Nkansah Boamah George

University: Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science & Technology

Programme: B.A Economics

Placement : Total Uganda

  1. How has the experience been for you in the past 18 months whilst being part of the Young Graduate programme?

The experience has been worthwhile. This programme gave me a firsthand experience and training on the job. I had the necessary tools and guidance i needed to succeed. There was room for me to be independent. The environment challenged me to be innovative. I was happy to discover that my views were respected, and the company culture encouraged me to speak up.

  1. What are some of the key career tips you picked whilst under training?

One of the values of Total is respect for others. I learnt the need for mutual respect as a way of fostering team unity in order to achieve our set goals. Listening to different views and taking them in a positive manner is an important way to develop especially if you focus on ‘what the different views are trying to teach you’ and not ‘why did I get those views.’

  1. How has this programme broadened your scope about the career world?

I have realized that you should not limit yourself as to what you can achieve or do. I must always be eager to learn and challenge myself.

  1. Would you say this programme has effectively impacted on your personal skills and prepared you for the career world? If so why?

This programme has been very useful by preparing me for the future. This programme has given me an opportunity to hone my skills in a world-class environment through effective training aimed at sharpening my analytical, innovative, communication skills and team spirit. These are ingredients that are necessary to help me succeed in my career.

 

Name: David Yaw Kumah

University:  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Programme: BSc Business Administration (Marketing)

Placement: Total France

  1. How has the experience been for you in the past 18 months whilst being part of the Young Graduate programme?

I can positively say that the Total Young Graduate Programme is one of a kind and it has been a life-changing 18 months. I have experienced and done things that I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams. I have learned from the most ambitious, amazing and inspiring people throughout the program in both Ghana and France. I have learned so much about Total and its business but most importantly, I have learned a lot about myself. On joining as a new graduate, there is a bit of leniency and understanding from the teams as it was the beginning of the learning process, but still having to be accountable for your assigned work roles. My key takeaways from this experience is to be ambitious, stay focused and also having a wider perspective on the business, interacting with various people coming from different backgrounds, work-life balance and assessing and knowing what should be prioritized in life.

  1. What are some of the key career tips you picked whilst under training?

I have learned to clarify what I am hoping to learn whilst taking on a new task, such as the skills, behaviors or actions I need to develop to be more effective. The training has also allowed me to take on developmental assignments, these tasks and activities have provided me with opportunities to learn new skills, expand my knowledge base, try new behaviors and improve upon my weaknesses, as they involve an element of challenge and stretches you beyond your comfort zone.

  1. How has this programme broadened your scope about the career world?

The programme has mentored me to become more confident in my abilities and made me more determined in my pursuits. It has taught me how to open myself up to new opportunities and network effectively. Being exposed to a different working culture and a different country for that matter stimulated me to learn and to accomplish more. I have learnt to work more efficiently, make short-term and long-term plans and work timely on developmental assignments.

  1. Would you say this programme has effectively impacted on your personal skills and prepared you for the career world? If so why?

Yes, the programme has definitely had a positive impact on me. On the programme, I was treated the same as everyone else. The job offered me new challenges and opportunities, and by taking new assignments, i expanded my skill set and leadership abilities. I personally feel that I have been adequately prepared for the career world as I worked in a broader scope and was involved in cross-regional projects.

 

Name: ENDESHA SERWAA AMANQUAH

University: KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY                 

Programme: BSc. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

Placement : Total Kenya

  1. How has the experience been for you in the past 18 months whilst being part of the Young Graduate programme?

The experience has been one of a kind! How else will a graduate, fresh out of school, seeking to start their career and build experience, get the opportunity to work with a reputable and well established company, both at home and abroad? It has been challenging, but definitely unforgettable.

  1. What are some of the key career tips you picked whilst under training?

One of the career tips I picked up was the ability to work with different business sections towards the achievement of a common goal. Another was the need to constantly innovate and add value to the workflow process, thereby optimizing productivity. Yet another was the skill of networking and being able to discuss boldly and freely ideas with colleagues and management.

  1. How has this programme broadened your scope about the career world?

It has taught me that even within a company as unified in common interests as Total, there are still so many approaches to things. In essence, I have picked up best practices and experiences from Total Kenya and Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd.

  1. Would you say this programme has effectively impacted on your personal skills and prepared you for the career world? If so why?

It definitely has! The exposure, the challenges I was given, the projects accomplished, the nudge to constantly improve my performance; all these developed me holistically. This experience will remain with me for life.

 

Name: Ewurabena Asaam

University: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology

Programme: Petrochemical Engineering

Placement :Total Kenya

  1. How has the experience been for you in the past 18 months whilst being part of the Young Graduate programme?

My experience has been educative and exciting! I was exposed to different aspects of the career world in two countries, thereby equipping me with new skills and knowledge outside of my area of expertise. As well, I have come into contact with the Kenyan culture where I met new people and learned a thrilling new way of life.

  1. What are some of the key career tips you picked whilst under training?

Through the training I received, I developed good interpersonal relationship skills. I am better equipped to interact with both colleagues and clients in a mutually satisfactory manner. This greatly helps my teamwork ability as I communicate well with team members to provide the support needed to achieve the aims of my team. I have also leant to be proactive; to be able to identify, exploit opportunities and come up with an innovative measure against potential problems. Moreover, I have cultivated a keen learning attitude which has served me well to better understand the guidance & instructions of the supervisors. Overall, my training has made me more resilient as I easily adapt to most situations that could arise in my career.

  1. How has this programme broadened your scope about the career world?

Under the program, I was part of many projects in both Kenya and Ghana in which I played a variety of roles to ensure their successful completion. During these projects, I received personal direction from supervisors which built up my work experience. The exposure to a different culture and environment has provided me with a more practical knowledge about the career world as influenced by the local economy and practices. The training has exposed me to different fields outside my area of expertise, engineering. I am now considerably skilled in communication and marketing, broadening my scope of the career world.

  1. Would you say this programme has effectively impacted on your personal skills and prepared you for the career world? If so why?

Indeed, this program has effectively impacted my personal skills and prepared me for the career world. I feel emboldened and confident because I have developed new skills and sharpened old ones. This reflects in the quality of services I provide in my career. I feel well-groomed with requisite skills and knowledge to help me fit in and acclimatize to all aspects of the career world.

 

Speaking about the programme, the Human Resource Manager, Mr. Bright Dokosi said that ‘’For Total, this programme is a key element in realizing its ambition as the responsible energy major. The company noticed that in many African countries there is a large difference between what the educational system teaches young people and the actual needs expressed by companies. This programme gives them skills that are transferable thus enhancing their employability. Every year, 37 African countries participate in the Young Graduate program. It is also an equal-opportunity program because half of the participants are young women.’’