Title: Shell's Technical Graduate Programme - Life as a Discipline Engineer
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 minimize 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 Program 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 organized 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].