“At university, I was always interested in the energy industry. The role you can play as an engineer is on such a grand and exciting scale. So for me, the only question I had to ask was, ‘What kind of company do I want to work for?’

I spoke with many people and discovered that Shell not only offered interesting roles, and meaningful engineering work but had a diverse mix of friendly colleagues.

It’s important for people to know that at Shell you can put your own impact on work that will influence the big picture.

Connecting with the leaders of tomorrow

Since joining Shell I’ve had experiences I never expected to have, including being invited to represent Shell on my old university campus.

I’m delighted to have the chance to offer undergrads an insight into life at Shell and to help clear up any misconceptions about the energy industry. I think this is invaluable for students as it opens up opportunities to get answers to questions about their future and potential careers.

It’s a great feeling to be able to help people make such an important decision at the start of their careers.

Supporting decision-making

I often exchange details with students and maintain really good contact with many of them. Recently, I was able to reassure a student and give my views about the future of the industry through a series of one-to-one conversations. We talked about global energy demands rising, especially in the developing world, and about Shell’s strategy to help meet them.

It’s a great feeling to be able to help people make such an important decision at the start of their careers.

The right move

Being an ambassador for Shell is a varied role. Not only am I increasing my networks inside and outside the company, but I’m also developing a range of key career skills, including people and time management. It’s been a fantastic way for me to get in touch with a broad range of people at Shell. Regularly interacting with the other ambassadors on campus, not just from aerospace but all departments, makes for a really social atmosphere.

Competition for talent is tight, so what we as campus ambassadors want to do is familiarise future engineers with real-life challenges and opportunities available to Shell. It’s important to organise events that do exactly that. For example, last year we participated in an activity during one of our workshops that helped illustrate the complex challenges within the energy industry. We then shared our personal experiences of the company to help students understand what Shell is doing to address these challenges and how they could play their part.

It’s great to be back on campus offering some background to Shell’s story.

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