Your Learning Journey
Within your 2-3 year rotation in the programme, you’ll be moulded to be a future leader through on-the-job challenges, coaching and mentoring and formal training.
The Shell Graduate Programme offers a world-class framework to help you make the most of your potential, personally and professionally.
The Shell Graduate Programme lasts 3 years on average, depending on your chosen area, and is the beginning of a career-long development programme that places high value on flexibility and a great work-life balance.
Shell is one of the world’s largest companies, with variety of roles and opportunities, globally. To help you find the best place for your skills, we’ve organised our Graduate Programme into three distinct business areas.
In Global Functions, you’ll help deliver the specialist advice that enables us to operate as a highly competitive global business. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work and collaborate with teams across the globe.
Function-specific programmes include:
In Commercial, our Upstream, Downstream, Supply Chain, Integrated Gas and Renewables and Energy Solutions business programmes will drive your development by enabling you to closely collaborate with customers and business partners and drive innovation to keep our business competitive. As you move through different experiences on live projects, we’ll provide you with continuous learning in the form of training courses, e-learning modules and workshops.
It is likely that you will undertake two to three different assignments during your time in the programme. You may experience a varied cross-business assignment depending on your development goals.
Business-specific programmes include:
“The Shell Graduate Programme is how I started in the commercial side of the business. It’s a pretty awesome experience, with lots of support and special opportunities as a new employee. It was a good way to kickstart my career.”
Laura, Market Account Manager
Our technical teams work on some of the most exciting projects in the world. Whether you’re an engineer or a scientist, you’ll have the chance to use and develop state of the art technology, gaining unrivalled hands-on experience. Within our diverse global teams, you’ll find yourself working with leading minds and industry experts from around the world.
It is intended to accelerate your development to equip you to make decisions independently in preparation for leadership roles in a duration of 2-3 years. This competence-driven approach enables you to grow a broader technical skill base, with exposure to discipline-specific skills as well as non-technical skills.
“I work offshore on a rig and I meet all sorts of people from different backgrounds. It is inspiring to see people across the company working in other areas, but we all have the same passion to transition to lower-carbon energy. It’s great that I am part of a team and I don’t have to make this journey on my own.”
“I could see myself working at Shell for the rest of my career. The technology is very interesting. Flying offshore to work on a platform isn’t something I think I could do at most companies. But what really keeps me here are the people.”
“There is a place for anyone who likes technology within Shell. We have sizeable technology centres with lots of innovation projects, many of which are focused on the energy transition.”
Thomas, Energy Transition Advisor
Shell Trading & Supply (T&S) is one of the largest energy trading organisations in the world with hubs in London, Houston, Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam.
We support the Shell group through trading crude oil, refined products, low-carbon fuels, power, liquefied natural gas (LNG), chemical feedstocks, environmental products and freight services in trading hubs around the world. We are active in most energy markets across the globe, sourcing from a wide range of suppliers and selling to a wide range of customers.
T&S consists of a number of separate businesses that belong to the Shell group of companies. This provides us access to an integrated network of supply and distribution activities and industry-leading shipping and maritime capabilities, allowing us to operate as a truly integrated supply chain and add value to Shell across our Upstream, Downstream and Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions businesses.
We strive to bring stable and secure energy to millions of communities across the world while continuing to push towards a net-zero carbon future. Our people in Trading and Supply ensure this energy reaches our customers on time, efficiently and at better value by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.
Our Products team ensures that our customers receive fuels on time. Our people source refined products and feedstocks from a wide range of global suppliers and deliver 6 million barrels of fuels to customers each day.
The Crude team trades more than 8 million barrels of physical oil each day. We are active in most crude oil markets, sourcing from a wide range of suppliers and selling to a wide range of customers both internal and external to Shell.
Our Distribution Operations team moves Shell fuel stocks from the refineries to terminals; stores, blends and processes products; and transports the products to customers ranging from governments and aviation clients to retail sites.
Our Commercial Operations team makes Trading and Supply an easy organisation to work, transact and partner with. Our teams constantly work towards advancing our processes, platforms and data capabilities to deliver a seamless experience to our partners and customers.
Our Energy team provides LNG, gas, power, and environmental products by growing integrated value chains and unlocking demand. They also lead industry sector decarbonisation on behalf of Shell by exploring and managing emerging value chains such as the marketing of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Shipping and Maritime
Our Shipping and Maritime team leads industry coalitions in maritime safety, decarbonisation and port and operational efficiencies. Transferring cargo every six minutes at locations across the world, this is our centre of expertise for ship and maritime risk management, commercial delivery, digitalisation and innovation.
Drive global solutions
At Trading & Supply, our focus on enabling real growth and change at scale means that you can help to power lives across the planet. Our collaborative approach to problem-solving will give you the opportunity to work with partners across multiple disciplines and to innovate for a cleaner energy future.
Get empowered, thrive in your career
Shell’s global business reach ensures there are always a variety of projects to engage your interests, enabling you to collaborate with industry experts, make meaningful connections, learn from peers around the globe and grow your career. Reinforcing this is our culture of respect, care and inclusivity that creates an environment where everyone should feel safe and empowered.
Explore your passions through diverse opportunities
As a graduate at Shell Trading & Supply, you can look forward to a fulfilling career, with global opportunities and the flexibility to try different roles to find your true passion. We are looking for bright minds that enjoy a challenge and look forward to making a positive impact.
“My experience as a T&S graduate has been amazing. The people, pace, complexity and significance of the work we do is immensely satisfying. It makes coming to work every day a real joy.”
Alexander, Energy Trader
“Shell is one of the world’s largest commodities trading firms and the people that make up T&S have decades of experience to share and learn from, which makes being here a truly one-of-a-kind experience for those early in their career.”
Patrick, Commercial Operator
“The T&S grad programme challenges you professionally, but also gives you the means needed to excel. It empowered me to feel like I was working towards something while helping me see my growth throughout the process.”
Eric, Sale Rotational Analyst
“Roles in T&S let you understand the plumbing of the world. Whether it’s gauging the political repercussions of Brexit through driver shortages, political sentiment through protestor activity, economic activity through the trading and supply of jet fuel, or lead times in a supply chain, there’s a lot to learn for the intellectual and the curious. No two days are the same!"
Zara, Distribution Operations Analyst
Along with opportunities to learn and grow, we want your first years at Shell to be enjoyable, sociable, and to help you develop other skills that are vital for a promising career, from communication to building relationships. Day-to-day life at Shell gives you plenty of chances to meet people, network and really enjoy the social side of work. Whatever your interests, in many locations there’s likely to be Shell sports and social groups. At Shell, work-life balance is highly valued, as is community.
Shell Life is a unique onboarding programme that allows you to meet other grads and business leaders from across Shell in your first few weeks.
Teamwork is vital for us to achieve our common goal. At Shell, you’ll experience working with a diverse yet collaborative global network who will always be able to help you solve day-to-day challenges.
Apart from being part of the Global Graduate Community, you may also opt to join diversity groups in Shell, including the Women’s Network, the enABLE Network for employees with disabilities, and our LGBT Network.
At Shell, you’ll be encouraged voice your ideas and concerns. Your diverse thoughts and inputs are valuable, and you’ll find how leaders will enable you to speak up and share your insights to the table.
You’ll be recognised and rewarded with a compensation and benefits package considered to be among the best in the industry, as well as a competitive starter salary, with performance-related pay, shares and allowances.
Our graduates come from different backgrounds, countries and cultures, bringing a huge variety of skills and experiences to our team. But there are a few things we consistently look out for when it comes to applications - things like how you work with others, absorb information, your creative problem-solving abilities and your drive and self-confidence.
Shell Graduate Program: Application Process
Title: Shell Graduate Programme: Application Process
Duration: 3:15 minutes
Short video explaining how to apply to the Shell Graduate Programme.
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MAKE THE FUTURE
A globe surrounded by various coloured icons spinning around it appears onscreen, shot changes to show Deanna, facing camera.
Hi, I’m Deanna. Welcome to Shell. Today, I’m going to take you through the steps for applying to the Shell Graduate Programme. Just some tips from me before we start.
Deanna appears onscreen. A blue coloured banner appears at her side with the words Welcome to Shell. Banner flies out. Various coloured icons appear around Deanna, a mobile phone with moving arrow leading to yellow text square with words Shell Graduate Programme, moving to three document icons numbered 1, 2, 3.
We’re so much more than an energy company, so do your research and update your CV accordingly.
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Here at Shell we are searching for ways to meet the energy needs of the future, taking on challenges to help the world progress is what we have done since the day we started. You’ll find loads of stuff on the Shell website to help you find a programme suited to you, including the degree matcher which pretty much does what it says. It guides you on a match between your degree discipline with our skill pool of disciplines.
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When you’re ready the next step is the application form which takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you’re on LinkedIn save time by simply pulling across your profile.
Deanna facing camera. Icons appear onscreen representing an application form, an egg timer, a completed form. A large blue 1 appears at Dian’s side. Three forms numbered 1, 2, 3 appear which then appear to drop into an envelope. The envelope is sealed and appears to be emailed.
After you have submitted your online application, you’ll go through to Stage 1 where you are asked to complete four online assessments. You’ll get an email to guide you through this, but in a nutshell, these are games that measure various cognitive abilities and your working style preferences by presenting you with different challenges. You’ll need to accomplish these online assessments within 5 days of receiving them.
Four illustrations of mobile phones displaying four different game-based assessments appear onscreen. Deanna is then seen facing camera. A cell phone icon appears with a SENT message appearing onscreen. The cell phone icon flies offscreen. A mobile phone appears onscreen displaying a game where the candidate has to memorise sequences of numbers and letters. The mobile phone fades and an icon representing a calendar appears in the middle of the screen. Pages labelled 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are pulled off.
Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will then receive an email inviting them to progress to the On-Demand Video Interview, a self-recorded video submission.
Various icons appear onscreen against a pink background, representing a monitor, keyboard and mouse, completed forms, a pen and pencil. The forms have computerised avatars at the top. A monitor on which the email icon and avatar icon appear to be emailed. An arrow points from the monitor to a text box withwords: ON-DEMAND VIDEO INTERVIEW. A monitor appears showing a recording being made with applicants answering questions. Flashing text 10 DAYS at the side. A text box reading VIDEO SUBMISSION at bottom of screen.
Our Graduate Recruitment Team will then review your application and let you know if you are through to the next and final step. This is our Live Virtual session. Essentially an online interview with 2 Shell employees and a case study to discuss.
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This is where you have a chance to get to know us and for us to get to know you even better. So, expect this part to take around 2 hours. We’ll tell you more about this closer to the time, so you can prepare.
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If you are successful, first of all, congratulations. We’ll invite you to your nearest Shell office so you can see where you’ll be working, your future manager and other successful graduates. It’s a great opportunity to really get a feel for the place. That’s it from us for now. You have now got the key information you need to get started with your application. Good luck and perhaps the next time we meet it will be as colleagues.
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We welcome applicants who have either already graduated from a recognised university, or are in their final year of their degree course. We don’t ask for specific grades, but a strong academic record will help.
For all our Technical roles, we do ask that you’ve already obtained or are studying towards a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification.
For our Commercial and Corporate roles, we’re looking for a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Use our Degree Matcher to see where your qualifications could take you within Shell. This will help you apply to the specific area of the business that particularly interests you and is relevant to your qualifications.