Working Towards Supporting The Next Generation To Follow Their Dreams
This is Michael Eagle.
He’s from the Gooreng mob, connected through his grandmother from Gladstone in Queensland. He grew up in Nanango and was the first person in his family to go to university. His nearly twenty-year career as a mechanical engineer has taken him across Australia and the world, twelve of those years with Shell. He has worked in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, England and in New Zealand. He returned home to Queensland three years ago to work at Shell’s QGC business as a part of the ‘Enhanced Problem-Solving Team’.
This year Michael has taken on a new role at Shell QGC business – that of Indigenous Engagement and Participation Business Opportunities Manager. In this role, Michael manages different project deliverables and fosters collaboration and consistency across project teams to deliver QGC’s indigenous agreement performance improvement plan.
This is a key initiative Shell’s QGC business is undertaking to increase Indigenous participation and engagement with the business and to generate further value for Traditional Owners and Indigenous stakeholders. It’s also about the business improving the delivery of its commitments to Traditional Owners and Indigenous stakeholders, to create a positive legacy in the communities and countries in which they operate. This includes identifying and supporting opportunities that enhance Indigenous employment and retention.
Michael’s motivation to take on this new role stems from his passion to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into science, technology, engineering and maths careers and to break down the barriers these young people face in chasing their dreams.
Michael understands that support and encouragement from key mentors throughout his life has helped him to get where he is today.
"Without them I definitely wouldn’t have gone into engineering. A lot of young people don’t have that."
Michael’s previous role on the ‘enhanced problem-solving team’ and the skills and learner mindset he developed as a part of this role have supported his transition into Indigenous Engagement and Participation. In his new position, Michael is coupling these key problem-solving skills with his passion to help Indigenous young people to find their path and help their community.
"One of the things I want to do is show people what’s possible and the opportunities to help your community in this type of career."
Michael sees true value in the work Shell’s QGC business is undertaking regarding Indigenous participation and how this is contributing to reconciliation and increased economic prosperity and opportunities. Already the team is seeing the impact of the business’s renewed and increased focus on Indigenous engagement and participation- with close to 50 new Indigenous trainees on board this year.
As his role develops, Michael is looking forward to further engagement with Traditional Owners to strengthen relationships and to share what opportunities are out there for Indigenous young people with Shell’s QGC today.
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