Background on Maria’s Many Roles
Every day, I put on two suits — a productive Resource Analyst for Shell, and a dependable mum of two. Every single day is a handful, but it is bearable with the right support.
I started with Shell in 2012 as a Technical Assistant and have worked my way up to becoming the Resource Analyst in the Development Planning & HCM Team.
Married for 23 years, my husband and I are blessed with two beautiful children: Ilija, 22, my eldest son, and Sofia, 20, my daughter who was born with a rare brain and vascular disease, which resulted to damage her intellectual abilities.
Despite these challenges, we carry on as a happy family and find our own ways to efficiently balance family, life, and work.
How do I manage to balance family and work?
Having the flexibility to be on call at any time is very important to me. In case of emergencies, it is extremely crucial for me to be able to attend to Sofia and care for my mum when she was still here without having to sacrifice career. Luckily at Shell, balance can be achieved through the flexi-work policy — a benefit extended to all employees.
I feel so blessed to have found a wonderful team that lends a hand without question when times get tough. Both my personal and professional struggles have been heard and aided since day one at Shell, especially when my mum passed away three years ago. Honestly, I wouldn’t have managed without their immense support.