Supporting current and former military is a great thing on many levels. Recently, Shell was honored by the Texas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at the 2017 Annual Employer Awards. During this event, Shell was one of six Texas employers who were presented with the ESGR Pro Patria Award, which is a Latin phrase meaning “for one’s country”.
Besides being the right thing to do, Shell directly benefits by hiring Guards and Reservists as employees. Fred Whipple, Manager US Diversity Community & Workforce, said “Employees in the National Guard, Reservists and Veterans bring a ‘can-do’ attitude, a different perspective helping to create a diverse community contributing to Shell.”
Dylan Raymond, a recruiter at Shell, knows first-hand these skills after his own service in the military.
“Ask any vet, and they’ll agree that the leadership training earned in the military is hard to replicate in a text book. Military experience can give international experiences and perspectives, helpful skills in a global energy company like Shell, “he said.
Raymond knows it’s more about recruiting, but also supporting that person as they make the transition from the military to a civilian career. He points to MilNet, a Shell employee resource group that is made up of current and former military personnel and those interested in supporting them.
It’s a thought echoed by Mark Guadagnini, Site Manager, Shell Technology Center Houston and retired Navy Rear Admiral, who was at the ESGR event and also accepted the award on behalf of Shell. “I was proud to serve my country and would do it again in a heartbeat. I’m also proud that Shell realizes the benefits of hiring ex-military people and actively supports them through groups like MilNet.”