The Shell Graduate Program

The Shell Graduate Program is designed to help you make the most of your potential, both professionally and personally. From day one, you’ll have a supervisor and mentor to help you establish and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining your career goals and how you’ll achieve them. This plan dictates how much time you’ll spend in the program, which can be anywhere from 2 to 3 years. Throughout this time, you’ll be placed in a wide range of hands-on roles with competence-building tasks challenging and inspiring you to discover your strengths, develop your skills and broaden your experience in various real-world situations. 

This program will also give you the opportunity to hone your expertise and leadership abilities and obtain industry-recognized qualifications through formal training courses, discipline-specific e-learning modules and world-class workshops. In addition, you’ll receive support from an international network of seasoned industry professionals. To monitor and track your performance in the program, your supervisor and mentor will conduct regular progress checks. Upon successful completion of your final review, you’ll be placed in the Shell Advanced Technical Program, which will prepare you for a more senior role at our company.



Shell actively explores more than 35 countries for both conventional and unconventional oil and gas, and we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities across the rest of the globe. Working as an exploration geoscientist in a global/regional basin or in a near-field appraisal/development, you will deploy the latest technologies and be part of an integrated team of colleagues from other geoscience disciplines, such as geophysics, production geoscience and specialist geosciences. You will also work closely with other relevant asset/project delivery groups, including Wells and Petroleum Engineering.

Qualifications include:

  • Technical excellence and innovation
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • Enthusiasm for learning new technology and an ability to effectively deal with rapidly changing requirements

Roles and responsibilities

  • Structural analyses, carbonates, rock properties, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, subsurface studies
  • Integrated studies – use of seismic and well data
  • Basin evaluation, seismic interpretation, fluid flow, plate tectonics, clastics, turbidites, deltaics
  • Structural or rock property studies
  • Computational analyses – static models/modeling, basin modeling (regional and larger)
  • Industry software such as SeisWorks, Petrel, GeoGraphix, GIS, VoxelGeo, MATLAB and any modeling software


Training and development opportunities  

The resources and learning opportunities available to you at Shell are some of the best in the industry. As a graduate curious to know more about your chosen field you’ll benefit from a well-established learning and development program, fully aligned with the requirements for professional progression.

We aim to develop your competencies and capabilities in as short a time as possible, and enable you to make the most of the opportunities presented to you. You’ll receive regular progress checks from experienced professionals to ensure you are properly supported on your development path.


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