Fresh minds for a fresh new direction in energy
A software engineer with just over three years of experience under his belt, all of them achieved at Shell, Mohd Adil has just about settled into a work environment unlike any he expected, and he is excited to see where his future takes him.
How did you end up working in software development at Shell?
In 2019, I was in the last year of my B. Tech (Bachelor of Technology) degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University when Shell came to our college for campus placements. Though the company was known to me at the time, I didn’t necessarily know what I’d be doing in the IT division when I was hired. For me, it was good enough that the company was reputable and the pay was great. It was only after I joined that I was able to see the extent of their IT operations and the support it provides to businesses. My role has since shifted to native software engineering, and I’m now a front-end developer on a few projects.
What’s it been like working with a global company?
At the moment I’m a front-end developer and I am also learning back-end. That’s something I’m excited to move on to in the future. The opportunities for learning and growing have been great. The most exciting part is that we get to work with people from all over the world, learning about different cultures. In fact, some of the things I’ve worked on aren’t even implemented in my region, but I can see the benefits when they’re implemented elsewhere.
Has the work environment at Shell been like what you had expected?
Well, this is my first job, so I didn’t have a point of reference. I did join the company expecting to be at my desk all day, but I find that’s not expected at all. You just have to complete your work based on timelines, and no one tries to lock you to your desk. I even work the second shift, from 12 pm to 8 pm local time, because it’s more convenient to collaborate with team members in other time zones. I’ve grown to like this kind of flexible culture.
In any job we do, we need to have a thorough understanding of what and why we’re doing it. The knowledge of how my work impacts the business and the role I play in the larger scheme of things motivates me to do my best.
Would you say this sort of work atmosphere makes it easier to be motivated at work every day?
I’ll say this: in any job we do, we need to have a thorough understanding of what and why we’re doing it. The knowledge of how my work impacts the business and the role I play in the larger scheme of things motivates me to do my best.
Also, we have an open culture here at Shell. We are heard, we regularly connect with a line manager to share our concerns, if we have any. So far, I’ve seen every single issue I’ve raised be addressed eventually.
How does one get to the kind of role you’re working in now?
I always wanted to be a full-stack developer, so I’m incredibly happy to be in the position I am. When I first joined, I was assigned a team that the company thought I would be able to contribute to, as is the case with everyone.
Since then, however, I’ve also been able to shift back and forth between projects because I know how to work on both the back and front end. Of course, it was Shell that gave me experience on both fronts and enabled me to learn how to make scalable projects.
The key is to have a clear dialogue about your career aspirations with your managers and to simultaneously prepare for the role you are targeting for , so that if the opportunity arises where there is an opening for the role you are interested in, it becomes an easy transition.
Has Shell played a role in your personal and professional growth?
I think the most important skill a new software engineer should have is good communication. You should have a set of skills for the technology you work with but that’s not entirely effective when you can’t articulate your thought process or if you do not understand your collaborator’s processes. One also needs to be confident and voice concerns at the right time and in the right way. The open culture at Shell enables every voice and that’s how the teams make the best progress. I used to be a very quiet person.
My line manager picked up on that a long time ago and suggested I improve my communication skills by conducting tech talks internally. I’ve improved my communication skills since then. It’s just one of the ways in which we feel supported and improve our skills.
Shell’s technology arm is currently in the middle of a revolution and completely changing the way we think about energy, moving towards more sustainable energy sources. Developers like me are upskilling and stepping back from the traditional ecosystem and building for a new world.
How do you see your work contributing to Shell?
Shell’s technology arm is currently in the middle of a revolution and completely changing the way we think about energy, moving towards more sustainable energy sources. The larger strategic shift is led by a technological transformation and has changed the nature of projects we work on. Developers like me are upskilling and stepping back from the traditional ecosystem and building for a new world.
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