USQ Fraser Coast student scores spot with BHP

Thomas Sugget

Thomas Sugget is excited about joining BHP’s graduate program. Photo: JOCELYN WATTS

By Jocelyn Watts

An exciting career in the resource industry is in store for USQ Fraser Coast business student Thomas Sugget following his acceptance of an offer from multinational mining and petroleum company BHP to join its graduate program.

“I’m quite excited,” the USQ Bachelor of Business (Management and Leadership and Supply Chain Management) student said. “It’s a great opportunity that I hope will lead to bigger things ahead.”

Mr Sugget said the two-year Graduate Program was run through BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, the Queensland-based coal sector of BHP.

“The resource sector is where I see myself staying long-term. I’m mostly interested in the supply and logistic sectors as well as negotiation and conflict resolution.”

The USQ Fraser Coast Student Representative Council president and former Fraser Coast Anglican College student was born in Western Australia and moved to Hervey Bay with his family about five years ago.

Now finalising his USQ Bachelor of Business program, Mr Sugget said he fast-tracked his studies over the Christmas and New Year holiday period to fit in further studies before starting the BHP Graduate Program next year.

“I did courses over summer to speed it up so I could get in six months of Post Graduate studies this year.”

Mr Sugget said the BHP offer came as a result of participating in a 12-week internship with the company.

“I initially started looking for graduate programs and then I found out about vacation programs that are pretty much the stepping stones to graduate programs.

“A lot of companies offer internships. That’s a 12-week stint with a company to show you what it’s about and gives them a chance to get to know you better and see if you’re suited to their graduate program. I applied for a lot of those and was lucky enough to be accepted by BHP, which led on to being offered the grad. program.”

The BHP Billiton Foundations for Graduates Program gives graduates the opportunity to learn from BHP leaders, build global networks of colleagues and participate in learning and development opportunities. The challenging and rewarding two-year journey attracts the best university graduates from around the world.

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