My name is Nilanjana Bhattacharya and I am a Human Resources Advisor for Projects & Technology (P&T) in Bangalore, India. In the summer of 2013, I was given the opportunity to undertake an assessed internship that placed me in the bitumen lab in Bangalore, where I worked for eight weeks. I was subsequently offered a job in the Civil and Structural Engineering team. Then, in early 2016, an opportunity arose to contribute to formulating talent strategy for P&T Bangalore in the light of the BG Integration and refreshed vision for Bangalore. This moved me away from my engineering background to work on my stakeholder engagement skills and business acumen. I’ve always found that Shell gives you the chance to work on complex and challenging problems from the start of your career. At Shell, I’ve taken inspiration from the women around me – the engineers, geoscientists, researchers – many of whom are also mothers, wives and daughters.
This is the photo-story of HR Advisor Nilanjana Bhattacharya, based in Bangalore, India. She loves the fact that her career at Shell provides the opportunity to work on complex, challenging projects while being surrounded by inspiring like-minded colleagues from around the world.
Having been offered the opportunity to join Shell through an internship, I was sent to a bitumen lab to work on asphalt, testing road samples. This core civil engineering work gave me an appreciation for what Shell does. I also liked the people that I worked with, which cemented it for me. Following my internship, I progressed to the Shell Graduate Programme.
One of the reasons that I joined Shell was the opportunity to combine work with my interest in travel. These are my friends from the Shell Graduate Programme, which lets graduates from all over the world train together in different places. I have travelled to the Netherlands and Oman for graduate programme courses.
Here we’re planning a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) ‘Lunch and Learn’ session, which is part and parcel of HR work. I believe Shell is far ahead with D&I, especially in nurturing female STEM talent. I would also mention that beyond the workplace, Shell is making a tremendous impact on rural women in India and Africa, where local startups partnered with Shell Foundation are providing access to energy.
This was from the Young Shell India Social Impact Awards Ceremony in 2016; I was one of the founding members of Young Shell in India. This event heard stories of colleagues who had invested time and effort towards creating social change, such as education for the less privileged, sustainability or health. Mine is a young team and I believe very strongly in the potential of young people to create change and to challenge our ways of working in a positive manner.
Every day, I go to work in business attire, so it’s nice to show that different side of me when I’m away from work. But I like it when my two worlds merge. As you can see in the bottom right picture, I wore traditional Indian attire to the wedding of my Discipline Head last year.
What I enjoy most about working at Shell is the constant inspiration to do better and the endless opportunities to execute a bright idea. We are a relatively younger workforce than Shell globally. It’s quite a collegiate atmosphere and I love the dynamic nature of my work. You often need to think on your feet and that’s where I thrive!
Disclaimer: Views expressed are of the individuals featured and are not representative of the views of the Shell group of companies and their affiliates.
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