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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with far-reaching business interests - from oil exploration to power generation to consumer services. With 93,000 employees in more than +90 countries, we play a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways, for example supplying more biofuels for road transport and providing more natural gas for electricity generation.

Fast fact: We recruit around 150 high potential UG/PGs a year from the UK.

Our business interests span both upstream and downstream activities:

Our upstream business in the UK explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas. Exploration & Production's UK base is in Aberdeen. Shell was one of the first companies to develop oil and gas fields in the North Sea, and we have invested steadily there since 1965.

Our Downstream organisation is made up of a number of businesses. Collectively these turn crude oil into a range of refined products, which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. These include fuels, lubricants and bitumen.

Projects and Technology
Our Projects & Technology organisation provides technical services and technology capability in upstream and downstream activities. It manages the delivery of major projects and helps to improve performance across the company. You can find out more about some of our current flagship projects here

Commercial Functions
Alongside the technical aspects of our business we rely on talented experts in commercial functions such as:

  • Finance
  • IT
  • HR
  • Trading
  • Sales
These functions are critical to the effectiveness of our operations and so are highly valued roles within the organization.

Fast fact: Our programmes are embedded in the business, graduates learn through real jobs, not ‘training’ programmes.

Our Graduate Recruitment
We consider our global graduate programmes to be the training schemes for our next generation of senior leaders so in the UK we recruit only around 150 of the highest potential, carefully selected graduates and postgraduates each year.

Fast fact: Your start date will be agreed based on your availability and the needs of the business

Typically we are looking for around 75 graduates for technical functions – primarily engineering roles, and the same number again across our commercial programmes.

Fast fact: We recruit all year round, with no closing date

We care less about your degree subject and grades than your ability to meet our high standards across:
  • Capacity – the intellectual ability to analyse and apply unfamiliar information to complex situations.
  • Achievement – the ability to identify and manage resources in order to deliver results.
  • Relationship-building – the ability to work within, and lead, diverse teams
  • For those roles where it is relevant, such as the Engineering programmes, technical expertise is also assessed.

Meeting the world’s energy challenges isn’t going to be easy so of course we need people who excel both intellectually and personally, but in return we offer high financial and personal rewards.

Fast fact: We care more about your skills and aptitude than your academic grades

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Environment and Society
The need to tackle climate change remains urgent. Contributing to sustainable development is integral to the way we do business. As we work to help meet the world’s growing energy needs we aim to share benefits with local communities and reduce impacts of our operations, including tackling greenhouse gas emissions. Our efforts focus on four areas:
  • producing more natural gas;
  • developing lower-carbon biofuels;
  • helping to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies;
  • working to improve energy efficiency in our operations.

There’s lots more information about our commitment to sustainable development here

Why Shell?

A career with Shell is more than just a day job. It’s an opportunity to join a network of connected professionals working together to resolve real world problems.

Fast fact: Graduate salaries currently start at £32,500

Be part of the solution.

Graduate profiles:

1. Cecilia

University attended: ENSTA / Imperial College London
Course attended: Chemical Engineering
Graduated: 2006
Date Joined: November 2006

How did Shell capture your interest? And why did you choose Shell?
Shell first captured my interest when I was at university and they came over to present the Shell Personal Development Award, which is an award aimed at developing a personal project. I applied for it and got it, which allowed me to spend a summer in Beijing! I then participated in the Gourami Business Challenge, where I was offered a position within Shell. I chose to join Shell because I was very keen on the technical graduate development programme. Travel opportunities and a multicultural environment also played an important part in my decision.

Has your view of Shell pre-employment and post employment changed. If so, in what way?
My view of Shell pre and post-employment has not changed significantly. I was given a real job from day one, and I feel very valued in my department. Also, Shell kept its promises in terms of job responsibilities, career development, and work-life balance.

What is your current job?
I work as a process engineer in Shell Global Solutions International, specifically on the development and testing of new technologies for CO2 removal from natural gas. This involves mainly process simulations, evaluation and selection of different process alternatives.

What are the interesting aspects of your job?
The most interesting aspect of my job is the uncertainty involved with new technology development. I get input and recommendations from Shell's technical experts, whilst learning from their experience.

What would be your advice to someone thinking of applying to Shell? Do you have any tips?
My advice is to remain curious and open-minded. At Shell, you meet many people, and learn from all of them. I did not know much about the oil and gas industry when I applied, but I was very enthusiastic and willing to learn and I think that's key.

What are your reasons for staying with Shell? I really enjoy the working environment at Shell; the work/life balance actually means something! It is great to work in multicultural and diverse teams, with real responsibilities and numerous learning opportunities, both on the job and during courses.

2. Yemi

Degree: BSc. Insurance; MSc. Oil and gas economics; MBA Oil and gas management, University of Lagos and University of Dundee
Role: Collaboration Consultant
Joined: December 2007

What made you want to join Shell?

I was interested in working for a multinational company, but there are so many out there it was a difficult decision. But with a great range of exciting career options and the ability to strongly influence your career path, Shell was my first pick.

What does your job involve?
As a consultant I work closely with different business groups to give support and advice on how to work better together, both virtually and face-to-face. I also get a chance to pilot a collaborative tools and services as part of a proof of concept before they are rolled out to the business. I’m currently working with an asset group on their virtual meeting improvement, which will involve a few trips to some offshore platforms. I also designed and led a project to improve the customer experience of collaborative tools for Exploration and Production Europe.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve been involved in so far?
The most exciting role so far was working as the change and communications focal point for a global programme within Exploration and Production. Coordinating all the different regions virtually was extremely challenging and rewarding.

Please describe a time when your persistence has helped you overcome a challenge.
As part of improving the collaboration knowledge for Shell employees I suggested an Exploration and Production Europe-wide marketing campaign. For this campaign to be successful we decided to partner with information advisors to deliver the events. Ensuring all stakeholder expectations were appropriately managed required a clear scope and commitment to the change management processes I used for the project. As the scope changes were initiated, I had to ensure that this process was used without exception.

What kind of support have you had to achieve your career ambitions?
On joining Shell I was given an opportunity to attend an introduction course to Exploration and Production. With my specialised degrees in oil and gas I thought it was going to be a repetition of what I had already learned but I soon realised otherwise. I’ve also had bi-weekly meetings with my supervisor, a monthly meeting with my discipline advisor and I meet with my coach as and when required. The relationship I’ve built with them has constantly challenged me to be more proactive and innovative.

Which Shell project, past or present, would you like to have been involved in?
I’d like to be a part of the Shell Qatar GTL project. As it’s going to be the first commercial plant of its kind in the world, it would be a good experience to see how it all fits together. In addition, this cleaner fuel will reduce the carbon emissions of the customers that use it. I find it fascinating that the fuel does not require a change in appliance stock for end users, and as such could be easily adopted.

3. Reene

Degree: Economics, London School of Economics & Political Sciences
Role: Financial Analyst
Joined: September 2007

What made you want to join Shell?
I was particularly interested in the rotational aspect of the DEVELOP programme which I felt provided the opportunity to acquire a breadth of knowledge and experience. The focus was clearly based on continuous development and career progression within a dynamic business environment. I wanted the chance to join an organisation where graduates were recognised as potential future leaders and given real responsibility from day one.

What does your job involve?
My current assignment is in the Chemicals business, working as a financial analyst for Base Chemicals. This involves monthly reporting of key financials to the business and working on ad hoc projects. I've recently been involved in reviewing the sales contracts to identify potential risks and financial exposure as part of a contract robustness study. Always pro-actively searching to simplify and streamline finance activities, I've now taken on the responsibility of creating an updated forecasting model. The diversity of the projects that I've been involved with has ensured that this role has been challenging right from the beginning.

What's the most exciting thing you've been involved in so far?
I've been helping to organise the annual Aromatics Conference, which is due to take place in January next year. It is beyond the scope of my day-to-day role, yet an exciting project to be involved with. The conference provides an opportunity to meet with our European colleagues and share the success and challenges that we have experienced and reflect upon the lessons learnt.

Please describe a time when your persistence has helped you overcome a challenge.
The Annual Business Plan Process was a challenging time and required each team member to demonstrate perseverance in meeting all stipulated deadlines. I was assigned with identifying the controllable fixed costs within the business and liaising with the business managers to explore opportunities for rationalisation. Collating input from our preliminary discussions, I was able to draft and model various scenarios and present them with my findings.

What kind of support have you had to achieve your career ambitions?
I've found the mentoring relationship that was initiated when I joined has been extremely worthwhile. It's a great opportunity to receive guidance and coaching from an experienced and respected individual within the organisation, and be supported during the early stages of your career.

What's the next thing you want to achieve at Shell?
I am currently studying for a professional qualification within Management Accountancy (CIMA), which is proving to be extremely challenging. As part of my long-term aspirations, I'm considering an assignment within the consultancy arm of Shell in order to acquire an overview of all the projects from a group perspective and achieve international experience. I believe that within Shell, all these opportunities and more are there for the taking, and that they will help me to identify the best role to suit my strengths.

4. Andrea

Degree: Management Studies with Computing, Leeds University
Role: HR Advisor
Joined: March 2006

What made you want to join Shell? I knew I wanted to work in HR for an organisation, which would give me a good grounding in this area. Shell’s size and the range of opportunities was very appealing, and the organisation’s HR structure underlines the fact that it is committed to developing all-round HR professionals.

What does your job involve?
When I first joined I was a Talent Advisor, and my main focus was on recruitment. This also included being responsible for the resourcing of a new office in Bangalore, working with senior leaders to establish their plans for the office. For my next assignment, I continued my Talent role but also became a HR Advisor. This was a great opportunity to learn from an HR Leadership team and gave me a chance to develop my HR generalist skills. My next assignment involved working as an HR Advisor for a different business, and has provided me with many new challenges.

Please describe a time when your persistence has helped you overcome a challenge.
When I was in Bangalore I had a lot of senior stakeholders who were looking to me for answers, and I had only just joined! But the key thing is to draw upon resources and ask for help because it’s out there – it just takes a while to navigate your way around Shell and know who to ask.

What kind of support have you had to achieve your career ambitions?
People at Shell are very willing to tell you about their experiences and give you advice on future possibilities. I was also very lucky with the stakeholders and line managers I worked with, so I had lots of people to provide me with advice and support.

What’s the best thing about working for Shell? The international aspect of the work and all the challenges and benefits that this brings. Working between time zones, understanding the impact of local legislation, the mobility and diversity of the staff, the sheer size and scale of our global operations – it’s a real challenge to find your way around and make an impact, and I like that challenge.

What’s the next thing you want to achieve at Shell?
Right now I just want to get my feet under the table in my new role. It’s a new business, a new population and both very different from what I know. In the longer term, I’d like to work in a more challenging environment for Shell. The comfort of the corporate office does shelter you from operational locations, so one day I’d like to challenge myself that way.