Shell’s Technical Graduate Programme – Life as a Discipline Engineer

Shell’s Technical Graduate Programme – Life as a Discipline Engineer

October 12, 2019 6 By Stanley Isaacs


You’re going to be a future leader
of the company, so you’re actually exposed to
a lot of different challenges. You’re given real job challenges from
the first day that you start work. My name is Rina Yang,
I joined Shell two years ago, and I graduated from
Nanyang Technological University in Mechanical Engineering. As an engineer,
I get to come up with solutions. How do you make the equipment
more energy efficient, How do you operate a turbine
to consume less energy… We need to think of the most
energy effective ways to minimise power consumption. The company places a strong emphasis
on safety, and our safety practices
are world-class standard. My day to day job is
in troubleshooting, and especially in times of
catastrophic equipment failure, it’s the time when
you get to see everyone really come together
as a team. There’s no such thing as
a hierarchical culture over here, so as long as you have
facts and information that you can share with the team,
everyone is open for discussion. You’re assigned a buddy
or a mentor, who will guide you
through your day to day job, who will help you in
your long term career ambitions and also if you have any queries
about your rotational jobs, or about your career goals,
and long term plans, you can always feel free to talk
to any senior leaders. They are always very open to sharing
about their own personal journey. There’s a half annual review
with your line manager so through this discussion
with your line manager, he will actually inform you what your strengths
and what your weaknesses are and what are the actions you can take
to close these gaps. So, in such a feedback process,
you get to learn more about yourself and how you are doing
in the company. I think what I like most about
the Shell Graduate Programme is that it exposes me to different
rotational roles, so I get to try different departments
such as Maintenance, Turnaround, Projects, Engineering Assurance. And also it sends us on
development courses such as Shell Life, which
develops you as an individual leader, So, on the courses they teach you
how to better yourself in influencing people,
in terms of communication, and how to bring out
the leader in yourself. Shell helps me to achieve
a work-life balance by having a lot of community
and networks in the company. There are various support groups,
such as Nexus, which is the graduate community,
and also the Women’s Network where you can get support from
fellow women in Bukom. And also in Bukom, there are various
facilities for the staff to use. Sometimes I play tennis with
my colleagues on the tennis courts. And also there was one time when
we organised a cooking competition in our cafeteria. I think Shell brings out
the leader in me by pushing me to the limit. In fact, in ten years’ time, I will be exposed to various
exciting technical roles which allow me to gain a
deeper understanding of the industry. It’s an exciting place to work here.