• Question: whats a day in the liofe

    Asked by anon-88091 on 9 Nov 2022.
    • Photo: Seán Kavanagh

      Seán Kavanagh answered on 9 Nov 2022:

      A day in the life for me is I get up, brush my teeth, grab my bag and out the door. Usually I walk or get the Tube to the office. When I get into the office I chat with my co-workers and then log into supercomputers (really big computers that I can access through the internet) through my laptop. I work on the laptop for a few hours, trying to do calculations on the supercomputer and think about what the results tell me about my research. I also read about research from other people around the world in science magazines. Usually I get lunch with my friends in the office, we go to the Farmer’s market in the park nearby – chicken shawarma is my favourite. Then in the afternoon we often have meetings where we’ll work together to try and figure out the answer to questions or problems people are having in their research. At the end of the day I leave and go for a run in the park or go to the gym, this helps clear my head and I enjoy it. Then it’s home, cook dinner, chill out and watch a TV show like the Rings of Power, and sleep! 💤

      Of course we all have quite different days with our different jobs, so this is going to be different for the other engineers!
      Also some days are special, where I’m travelling somewhere to meet other researchers and share ideas, for example I was in Hawaii in May this year for two weeks doing that!

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      Adam Yates answered on 9 Nov 2022:

      My work pattern is quite flexible. Half of the week I work from home. I start at 8 in the morning and finish between 4 and 5pm. The other half of the week I drive to the site I work at in Oxfordshire, which is quite far for me, so I have to get up a bit earlier!
      My day normally starts off with chats to my other team members to discuss what the priorities for the day are.
      When I’m at work I do some experiments using equipment I’ve designed or supervise parts I need for testing getting put together.
      When I’m at home I do research or write reports to analyse the results from experiments or write method statements to prepare for my next lot of testing!
      After work my time is my own to spend. If I’m not playing squash or swimming then I’m watching TV, reading or baking something in the kitchen!

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      Paul James answered on 10 Nov 2022:

      In terms of what I do at work, very few days are the same, but my typical workday is
      I wake up at 6am, dress and take Arlo (a 2 year-old red cocker spaniel) for his morning walk.
      I drive to work and usually sit down with my coffee and complimentary pot of porridge at about 7:45am and check my emails (but in the new ways of flexible working, I could be working from my spare room at home – This way I get an extra 30mins in bed 🙂 ).
      Starting work proper at 8am, I will spend the day in virtual or face to face meetings, replying to emails, writing technical guidance documents to address engineering issues from BP sites around the world.
      I stop working around 4:30 and in the evening drive my son to football practice and take Arlo on his evening walk.

      I typically get to visit 4 to 6 of the sites each year to see how we are looking after the equipment and offer advice where there are opportunities to make things better / safer.

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      Wenzhu Li answered on 10 Nov 2022:

      You know, I’m a student just like you 👩‍🎓! So my day is pretty much like yours. From sunrise 🌞 to sunset 🌛, I learn new things, complete “school work”, etc. After school 🏫, (I would set my own time, sometimes as early as 3pm, sometimes later than 11pm, depending on how well the task was done), I would also have fun with my friends ⛹️‍♀️⛹️‍♂️. Relaxing and refreshing allowed me to tackle many difficult problems when I returned to my studies ✍.

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      Katherine Whyte answered on 11 Nov 2022:

      Most days I start work around 8:30am and finish around 5pm, but my hours are quite flexible so I can choose to work earlier or later if I want to (as long as I get my hours done each week!). If I’m working from home, I usually start early, and have a break in the middle of the day for a nice walk outside away from my computer screen. If I’m working in the office, I usually get the train and have lunch with my office-mates.

      A normal day for me usually has a mixture of meetings (in-person or online), working on my own science projects (usually working with data and graphs), and reading about other people’s science projects (as the best way to make your own science good is to learn from others!). Sometimes, I also have days where I travel to big meetings and give talks on my work to other scientists, government, or industry. A lot of science is about talking about your work with others, so it can be useful to other people!

      After work, I usually make dinner and then relax by watching tv, reading a book, and spending time with my cat and family.

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      Emma Farquharson answered on 14 Nov 2022:

      Typically, I’ll get up pretty early and get breakfast (I need food before I can get going for the day!), then I’ll head to work (whether that’s from home or going to the office). I’ll start by checking emails and catching up on things and then get going with whatever I’m working on that day – it could be calculations, completing an investigation, report writing, supporting a team workshop or various other things. Since I start work early this means I can finish earlier, so I head home early evening and get cooking the tea (if it’s my turn that day!). I like to have a chilled out evening – I’ll hang out with my family, catch up on the latest tv series, go for a walk, play some piano – it depends what I feel like that day 🙂

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      Aoife Kavanagh answered on 22 Nov 2022:

      It really varies. As a PhD student, my schedule tends to be quite flexible. For example today, I have something on after work at 7, so I decided to work 11-7 rather than coming in early and trying to fill that time (which suits me because I am NOT a morning person). Other days might be earlier, others later. Today I woke up at 9.30, spent some time scrolling on my phone, glanced to see if there were any emails that needed immediate attention, then got the bus into work. Today I had time booked on a microscope at 11, so I spent 2 hours doing that, then grabbed lunch and watched some youtube. After lunch I had a meeting with my supervisor, chatted to lab mates and now I’m catching up on admin (emails, lab reports, writing up to do lists based on the meeting, etc). Other days I might spend the entire day running experiments in the lab. I also do things like demonstrating labs, as well as reading papers, spending time doing characterisation, and then analysis all the data I produce, or writing it up. While the average day varies, I would say the average week usually includes some experiemnts, some instrument time, some analysis, some teaching related activities like demo, some reading/wirint, and always some admin and organisation (and of course non work related activites – hobbies and free time are just as important!)

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      Veronica Pisani answered on 14 Dec 2022:

      Every day is different for me – sometimes I trade the office for the field, other days I’m in the office on phone calls or doing calculations at my desk! I head home around 5pm and depending on the day I go to spin class, run errands, or go out for dinner

      I work from the office or field three days per week, and I work from home the other two days. I work in bp’s downtown Chicago office, so my schedule is pretty typical for any office job (about 8am to 5pm), and I start the day with a team call. I have flexibility if I have an early call or want to catch an afternoon workout class. I usually grab a coffee (iced Americano) on the way to the office, whereas I make coffee and sometimes oatmeal when I work at home. I head home around 5pm and depending on the day I go to spin class, run errands, or go out for dinner.

      Every day is different for me – sometimes I trade the office for the field, other days I’m in the office on phone calls or doing calculations at my desk! My days can vary wildly because I support yearly tasks and the urgent and immediate tasks for operations. One thing is constant – since I work in bp’s pipelines business, we don’t have just one office or plant where my team works. This means I’m on the phone a lot, either calling technicians individually or on conference calls working through issues. Everything we do is to support safe, reliable, and compliant operations and keep our pipelines running so other bp businesses like the Whiting Refinery can keep producing refined products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.