What made you want to join Shell?
The ability to keep developing through further education and an international placement at Shell interested me. When I joined, Shell offered an optional accredited Master’s programme. Although this is no longer offered, there are still many internal courses/programs available through the Shell Open University.
What does your current job involve?
I am a graduate mechanical engineer based in the NAM office in the Netherlands. NAM is an upstream joint venture with Exxon and operates on- and offshore in the Netherlands and the North Sea. I currently sit in the Engineering and Maintenance team for all the offshore assets. As a discipline engineer, I help operations ensure technical integrity on all our assets.
In Perth, I was a part of the Graduate Social Investment Committee and various non-profit Young Professional Boards such as the Engineers Australia’s Young Engineers WA committee and Australian Youth Energy Network. In the Netherlands I am currently Secretary of NAMbitious and Ambassador for the Shell Advanced Technical Program.
Tell us a bit about your experience on the grad programme that has been outside of the Perth office?
I have been working in the Netherlands since September 2012. This has been a great opportunity to develop myself professionally and personally. I have previously lived overseas on a student exchange programme, but I only recently realised just how many things we take for granted back home. Moving from a place of familiarity with a particular way of life to somewhere completely new and different is an exciting challenge and all part of the adventure. Imagine having to learn about things such as the garbage system, driving, taxes, supermarket systems, and even a new language in a short period of time, all on top of adapting to a workplace with different cultures, processes, and systems. It is a steep, but very rewarding learning curve and environment.
I also get the chance to have other international experiences that include training courses. Most courses are offered in the Netherlands, but for graduates who live overseas, they may travel to several training centres all around the globe. This is a good opportunity to experience the world.