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

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

January 19, 2020 3 By Stanley Isaacs


The fact that I get to interact
and work with the best minds
from all over the world excites me, and by doing so, we come up with the most innovative
ideas to make things work better. In my job, I contribute to producing
energy in a sustainable manner to power people’s lives. I’m Si Qi, I’m proud to be part of
the big Shell family, which is a globally recognised icon,
and a leader of the energy industry. As a technical graduate,
I think that it is crucial to have a very strong technical foundation
in the starting years of my career. The best part of
the Shell Graduate Programme is the on-the-job training that
the graduates receive. On a day-to-day basis, my
line manager and senior technologist provide me with coaching
and technical advice. In Shell, it is a very open culture. You can contact the senior leaders
very easily. Any time I can knock on their door
to talk about my career development and they can give you advice. My line manager is very accessible. We talk about
my strengths and weaknesses; how I have developed. I have the
Individual Development Programme. We plan out my goals and
performance appraisal for the year, and that aims to close up
my weaknesses and develop all my strengths. One of the technologies
that I’m working on is a Shell-patented technology
that is used only in three sites. It is a very close-knit community,
whereby we meet on virtual space to exchange the best practices
in each site and we also provide support
to each other. Safety is never compromised in Shell. It is deeply engrained
in my day-to-day work, and now part of my life. Shell is not shy in
giving recognition to employees who have done well in contributing
to the company. I’m particularly pleased with
a project I have worked on to improve the capacity
of a high margin unit by 5%, and for that, the company
had generously given me recognition from the regional vice-president. I’m particularly happy with the sense
of satisfaction that I’ve got from achieving this projects. The nice thing is that
Shell gives out learning subsidies to their employees so that
we can pick out something that is of interest to us
outside of work. I have chosen to take up
Japanese classes and that keeps me motivated. It is something that I look forward
to at the end of each week. I love the fact that Shell celebrates
people and diversity; the culture of encouraging people
to be authentic. So that keeps me happy because
I can be true to myself and focus on my career development. There’s no better place
for my career.