“I joined Shell’s IT Graduate Programme to develop my knowledge of both the business management and technical sides of implementing new IT systems. The programme ensured a smooth transition into the wider organisation and I am now IT Project Manager for Mobile Applications – vital technologies for a 21st-century corporation. One of my proudest moments was developing the Shell Retail Site Manager App.
IT Project Managers: limitless applications
Yongqin Du joined the IT Graduate Programme at Shell in August 2010 after completing a doctorate on full scholarship at Manchester Business School. He is now a UK IT Project Manager for Mobile Applications.
"IT people want to go to other techie companies who might be better known in the public eye. But I chose Shell because I had heard outstanding things about Shell’s Graduate Programme for IT."Yongqin Du
Why choose Shell for IT?
IT people want to go to other techie companies who might be better known in the public eye. But I chose Shell because I had heard outstanding things about Shell’s Graduate Programme for IT Graduates. Though at the time I had good offers from the academic and financial sectors, I felt Shell had something more to offer.
I liked the fact that the graduate programme for IT is three-years with job rotations and lots of training. I’d also heard that salary progression is not only good and very competitive for a PhD graduate, but that Shell offers you the opportunity to try different things. For me it was all about structure: the focus on developing yourself. I was even more encouraged by Shell’s willingness to be flexible on both my start date and starting position.
I was assigned a mentor six months after joining. HR chose a mentor who matched my needs and abilities, but the selection process was very much two-way. We see each other every month, continuing an excellent support network, but we are not in the same area of IT so we do not have any reporting relationship or conflicts of interest.
"I have an interesting, challenging and meaningful role for which I was given real responsibility from the beginning."Yongqin Du
Part of the family
The learning process to make you feel like an important part of the organisation is very well managed by the graduate programme. When you’re involved in a big project you start to talk about making change. The work I do makes a difference to our organisation and customers – it’s visible. You also receive recognition for your work. Eight months after I joined the programme I received a Vice President’s Award for achievement.
Ultimately, Shell’s long-term future must capitalise on opportunities that mobile now offers the business and end customers. In my current role as IT Project Manager for Mobile Applications, as well as soliciting proposals and turning mobile opportunities into projects, I’m also an ambassador for IT. I regularly communicate and educate the benefits of mobile technology to the rest of the organisation. Furthermore, I’m now part of the Shell Campus Ambassador Programme, returning regularly to my old university to present to current students.
I believe that Shell’s people-orientated approach to training and to its staff is instrumental in developing not just a supremely talented workforce, but also a passionate one. I like that there are few other companies with our scale of globalisation. And above all, I like the job. It is an interesting, challenging and meaningful role for which I was given real responsibility from the beginning.”
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