I was immediately asked to deliver a live project related to an offshore field in Brunei. I was initially nervous, but I had support from a senior Petrophysicist who taught me about delivery and Shell’s internal software.
We would have long sessions understanding different methodologies and workflows. It was also interesting to see my work having an impact on actual profitability, in terms of dollars earned by the company. The day-to-day coaching from team leaders and members also helped me understand Shell’s value loop, putting the bigger picture into perspective.
After spending about 10 months in the company, I was posted to Muscat, Oman for a seven-month Operational Assignment with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). There, I went to the field to understand the various processes that happen on a working well site. I saw for the first time how a well was drilled, logged and completed, and the importance of quick decision-making that can maximise efficiency and lower costs.
Having completed the programme, my transition out was smooth. I passed my assessment successfully and moved into the Shell Advanced Technical Programme (SATP). The SATP brings your skills to a level where you can perform non-standard tasks and make non-standard decisions independently.
The Shell Graduate Programme has all the right elements of coaching, on-the-job training and job rotation.