The graduate programme for my skill pool is three years long and, during this time, I know I will get a well-rounded view of all the assets and the technical disciplines in this large organisation. My peers who have joined the programme speak very highly of it, and I was attracted by the opportunity to travel.
Relocation and its perks
Relocating from Perth to Brisbane was a great move for me because most of the Shell assets and operations are in Queensland. While I'm here, I'm able to visit sites in Chinchilla, all the upstream wells, compressor facilities, and the large LNG plant on Curtis Island. Being able to go out to these sites, work with my colleagues, and be involved in the groundwork, really sets the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the business and for me to become a subject matter expert.
An unforgettable experience to start your career
I had a really fulfilling experience when I spent two weeks on our LNG facility on Curtis Island when they were undergoing a shutdown. Shutdowns are very busy periods where the number of people on site and the amount of activity is greatly increased, so I was able to experience a lot of different things. There were plenty of jobs going on and a lot of permits being issued. Every day was new and exciting, it was actually like a personal accelerated learning programme. I got involved in almost every part of the shutdown, giving me a good overview of what was being done and the things that were changing. Being involved in incident investigations meant I got to sit in on workshops and go through root cause analyses and complete risk assessments. It was especially valuable being able to talk to the leaders when they did their leadership walk downs.
The whole two weeks was an incredible experience for me, and I learnt so much from the many different aspects of the whole shutdown.